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Swedish House Mafia: Three men with One vision

The superstar DJ trio Swedish House Mafia talk about the search for goosebumps, why Ibiza still matters and how house music will take over the world.

Nowhere in the world is more entrenched in dance music than Ibiza. The airport terminal is emblazoned with superclub logos, while giant roadside placards advertise superstar DJ club nights: David Guetta, Deadmau5, Sasha… and Euro combo Swedish House Mafia (producers Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso), whose Masquerade Motel party is a Monday night fixture at legendary venue Pacha, and whose first single, One, is due for release. It’s gone midnight by the time Swedish House Mafia appear in a stylish Ibiza Town restaurant for a chat. They’re jovial and blokey, flexing tattooed muscles in designer T-shirts, but they’re in no hurry – they’re not due at their decks until 4am.

‘Our club theme is a rough, edgy take on Moulin Rouge fantasy – a bit like our music,’ says Axwell in chirpy Swedish tones as the trio snack on late-night sushi. Swedish House Mafia are unusual in that they’re a ready-made club brand, with each member established in his own right (Axwell’s solo hits include 2007 Ibiza smash I Found U; Angello is a sought-after remixer; Ingrosso contributed to Kylie’s latest album, Aphrodite). However, they’re clearly having a blast together. ‘I love making music with these guys,’ booms Angello. ‘It feels relaxed, even though it makes us step up professionally.’

‘I remember DJing in different countries early in my career and being at luxury hotels alone – it’s much more fun to share the experience with friends,’ says Axwell. ‘We’re so in agreement when we work together, it’s embarrassing. We find an interesting melody, then bam – we go. It just happens, like God channelling His energy through us…’

One sounds perfectly pitched at Ibiza’s revellers, with its bombastically catchy riffs, surging beat and teasing build-up/breakdown. The Balearic nightlife scene is traditionally the launchpad for summer dance anthems to cross over to the mainstream charts and One looks set to follow suit. Why is Ibiza still such a special location?

‘When you get here, people have just one thing in mind and that’s to party; you feel the excitement on the plane,’ says Angello. ‘In the 1980s and 90s, it became this island of happiness and freedom, and that’s still in the air. Dance music is bigger than it’s ever been.’

The trio clearly travel well, with packed-out international shows including at London’s Brixton Academy – so what is the Swedish House Mafia audience? ‘They’re mainly hard-core fans with their hands in the air – with a few champagne-drinking VIPs,’ says Axwell.

‘We travel so much, I used to say we sleep minus four hours a day,’ smiles Ingrosso drily. He lists varied musical influences (‘Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode…’) but agrees that passion is the key to their sound. ‘When we make a track we want people to go: “Raaarrrghhh” on the dance floor and really react,’ he says, clutching at his chest. ‘Maybe they’re in love, maybe they’re heartbroken, but there has to be emotion. House music is the drug.’

‘In the Swedish House Mafia, we have an expression: “The goosebumps never lie”,’ says Axwell. ‘That’s how you know a track will work. When you don’t get goosebumps, you wonder what’s wrong. The mayhem that One creates is just incredible – it brings out the devil in people. What’s also exciting is that rules have relaxed so much. Now there’s a mishmash of genres borrowing from house and lending ideas back.’

Swedish House Mafia also appear laid-back when it comes to famous guests; they’ve recorded a vocal version of One with Pharrell, while their next track features British grime-popster Tinie Tempah. ‘A couple of years ago, I couldn’t have imagined hearing our tracks on daytime radio,’ says Angello. ‘Give it five more years and house will be the leading genre in the world.’

Given such cheery bravado, it’s hardly surprising Swedish House Mafia are at ease with the term ‘superstar DJs’. ‘A superstar is someone that fills arenas and we do that,’ says Axwell stoically. ‘And if we’re not enjoying ourselves, how can we expect to please thousands of people? For sure, look at us!’

As 4am approaches, Pacha’s main room is thronging and Kylie and her dancers have just played a frisky secret gig before Swedish House Mafia’s headline set. The first record they play is One and its tune instantly grips and shakes the dance floor like a massive cardiac arrest. The clubbers roar ecstatically; the trio in the DJ booth beam – they’re giving music fans something they can really feel.

One (Virgin) is out on July 19.



Interview: Swedish House Mafia

As the Swedish House Mafia prep their biggest ever UK show at the breathtaking Magna Centre in Rotherham on 30th May, they spared a few minutes to talk about breaking records,  losing inhibitions in Ibiza, and their exclusive forthcoming documentary…

For your show at Magna, what can we expect? Are you looking forward to it? Any specials we can hope for?

We never know!  We build our shows one at a time and always looking for new ideas… but it will be special.

Last year you premiered your own night in Ibiza – Dark Forest in Pacha – which was a huge success. What are the plans for this Summer to dazzle the island?

This year we will be opening The Masquerade Motel.  Hidden behind what appears to be a 50’s style motel, likely to be found on Sunset Strip, you enter into a magical world.  Behind closed doors, where all who enter wear a mask, you lose all inhibitions as you become anonymous behind your disguise.We’re bringing in tonnes of set design, costumes and FX, but most importantly with this YOU are the show.  This is your opportunity to come down and take the limelight!

What are the other major gigs this summer you are daydreaming about?

Ibiza of course, Electric Daisy in LA, Creamfields, Nova Beach in Portugal… so many we can’t name them all.
After so many solo productions from the three of you, you just released the first Swedish House Mafia single ‘One’. Why have finally decided to team up for this single? Is ‘One’ a symbol for your unity?

This is the first time we’ve ever recorded as a threesome with no guests, and under the SHM name.  It symbolises the first time together, the first track for EMI and just the first track in a new era for us. We’re very excited.

It broke a Beatport-record, becoming number one worldwide, in just one day. Incredible! Did you know straight away in the studio this was going to be a hit?

You never know when you make a track like that how people will take it.  I guess a lot of people expected a full song, but this is what we felt, and we’re so pleased everyone else feels it too.  It basically sums up in one track how you feel at a SHM show.

Later this year a documentary comes out about Swedish House Mafia – can you tell us more about it?

We have had someone filming us for two years, a guy called Christian Larson.  He has worked on some amazing videos and together we decided with our new label – EMI – to make a documentary of up to this point.  The soundtrack will be a compilation of all our own cuts and it’s a great way to look back at the time before we signed to a major label.



Here at J’ADORE we mentioned a couple weeks ago, that we will be trying new things – well the first one is called “Feature Artist Of The Month”, where we would focus our attention to one artist we think is doing well in the scene and help them with their promotions. We kicked off this monthly event with a bang by sitting down with ‘MAX VANGELI’. We had the privileged to talk to him about his new remix “Cicada – One Beat Away (Max Vangeli Remix)” and his future plans.

[J’ADORE]: Who are you, how old are you, where you from and how long have you been Dj’en/Producing?

[Max Vangeli]: I’m a DJ/Producer born and raised in Europe now working full time in San Francisco. I’ve been doing this for 4 years, I’m 22. And I’m loving every minute of it!

[J’ADORE]: You grew up in USA, a country with lots of hip/hop, What made you listen to house music? and do you think you were influenced by the North American style of creating music?

[Max Vangeli]: I was actually raised in Europe so I grew up on house music. The US culture had a huge influence on my musical style. So I would say its a combination of both. I love all genres so to me its all great music.

[J’ADORE]: In the early stages of your producing what are the type of things you would try to focus on so you could always continue to move forward in your producing stages?

[Max Vangeli]: I always try to stay fresh and be unique as possible by constantly trying new things. And try to lead versus follow.

[J’ADORE]: You already released 3 massive tracks with AN21: gama, starry eyed, swedish beauty – how do you guys meet?

[Max Vangeli]: We always supported each others work and connected via Internet. Once we started passing ideas to each other for new material the magic happened. It’s hard to explain but it just works very well.

[J’ADORE]: As we all know you played the “SIze Pool Party” this year at WMC, what was it like to meet and hang out with all those boys at such a large event?

[Max Vangeli]: I would say its an incredible feeling to be surrounded by such amazing talent. And I feel very fortunate to have an opportunity to work with the top dogs in the industry. I worked very hard to get to this level and its nice to see the hard work paying off.

[J’ADORE]: “Cicada – One Beat Away” is such a beautiful track, how long would you say it took you to complete this beautiful remix?

[Max Vangeli]: Whenever you receive such beautiful vocals everything just seems to magically come together. I didn’t have to fight it, it just came naturally. I’ve been so busy in the studio with AN21 I didn’t really have that much time to work on this remix but it just seemed to work really quick and the remix was complete within a week.

[J’ADORE]: What elements of the original “Cicada – One Beat Away” did you want to focus on in your remix?

[Max Vangeli]: Whenever I receive a remix job with vocals, I usually only use the vocal part. It was the same for this case. I like to build an entire track around the vocals and my own material.

[J’ADORE]: After knowing you were going to make a remix of “One Beat Away” what were the steps you took to come up with this massive remix?

[Max Vangeli]: I always try to make peak time material and my main goal was to make something with a huge and a very epic break down. And I think I accomplished it. A few Vodka shots later the project was ready for release!

[J’ADORE]: What do you think 2010 has in store for Max Vangeli?

[Max Vangeli]: AN21 and I have a lot of amazing stuff for you guys. After our original releases we’ve been focusing so much on remix work that it’s time to get in the studio and pump out some originals. We have some very very special surprises for you coming up, so stay tuned!

[J’ADORE]: Last but not least, will we be hearing any previews of whats cooking in the oven right now?

[Max Vangeli]: We’re constantly trying to check the fans up to date with new previews and clips of new material. So be sure to check out my Facebook daily.

Go out and get support Max Vangeli by grabbing his NEW REMIX of “Cicada – One Beat Away and all his other tracks at BEATPORT.COM

Miike Snow – Silvia (Sebastian Ingrosso & Dirty South Remix)

Today after long anticipation, Sebastian Ingrosso & Dirty South’s remix of Miike Snow’s track Silvia was released. Even though I went to BeatPort to purchase it and it said that I was restricted to purchase the track because of my area which I thought was extremely stupid. Anyways this is a beautiful remix and you should go get it asap, it lives up to the anticipation thats been building for so long. Go support the artist and grab this banger!