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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.

Source: http://www.metro.co.uk

NOTHING BETTER (AN21 & MAX VANGELI REMIX)

Here is a preview of a remix by AN21 & Max Vangeli’s of Eddie Thoneick & Erick Morillo ft Shena track “Nothing Better”. Sound like its quite the club fits pumper…I like it! Can’t wait for this to be released! Enjoy

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.

Source: http://www.skiddle.com/news/all/Interview-Swedish-House-Mafia/5949/

Colours Question Time: STEVE ANGELLO

Here is a brand new interview with the one and only Steve Angello. Angello gets quizzed by COLOURS on the good, the bad and the ugly……Question Time. Check it out!

PS: at the questions “best club played in” he answers “green valley” – good call we had last week 😉 https://jadorehousemusic.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/wow-thats-what-i-call-a-club/

Steve Angello & AN21 – Swing ‘N’ Swash

On Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show today, Pete was on the phone with the head of ‘Size Records’ Mr. Steve Angello. Angello talks about at track that AN21 and him self just finished making, personally I think it’s terrific and I can’t wait to hear the other version that Angello comments they’re still working on. No word on a release date but here is a preview. Enjoy

Size Matters Pool Party (Steve Angello) from inside

Afrojack @ Size Matters Pool Party – EDEN ROC Miami WMC 2010

Afrojack dropping Pacha On Acid

Playing his remix: Jason Derulo – Whatcha Say (Afrojack Remix)