With over 2 million accumulated plays on Souncloud and YouTube as well as boasting support from Tiesto, Avicii, Chuckie, TJR, Showtek, Vinai, and many more, Ray Decker better known as “Kastra” has made quite a name for himself in 3 short years. Born and raised on the Jersey Shore, a community deeply rooted in rock history, Ray is a true product of his environment. It was his early exposure to this prolific rock scene and the raw sounds of legends like Bruce Springsteen that influenced Kastra by shaping his musical taste and nurturing a deep desire to produce and perform his own brand of raw and exciting electronic music.
Already this year, Kastra has released various singles and remixes on some of the dance music industries top labels including Hussle/Ministry of Sound, Ultra Records, Vicious Recordings, Club Cartel, Onelove, and Panda Funk. Among these released were some major collaborations with artists such as Grammy award winner Fatman Scoop and DJ Mag Top 100 artist DJ BL3ND. Concurrently, his records consistently rank in the top 50 of the Beatport Electro House chart. However, this has not deferred him from consistently releasing the free music which he has become so well known for. Kastra has always been a big supporter of free music. His fans can always look forward to mashups, remixes, and even originals that he will give out at any point in time as a thank you for their continued support. Many of these free releases have reached and climbed the Hype Machine popular chart.
In this short amount of time, he’s gained the support for his free and official releases from EDM’s top blogs including Dancing Astronaut, This Song is Sick, Fresh New Track, Your EDM, and many more noting him as “one of the most under rated house producers out at the moment”. He has seen support from EDM’s biggest radio stations and podcasts including Spinnin Sessions, Diplo & Friends, BBC Radio 1, Avicii’s Le7els, and the Drop podcast where he does his own monthly radio show with fellow DJ Aylen.
Already a regular in all the major cities in the Northeast, Kastra brings his big drums, big riffs, and relentless energy to every show. His ongoing pursuit to creatively and musically express himself to his growing fan base has sent him back into the studio. With numerous releases and projects underway, Kastra is poised for the future.