Armed with a slew of new CDs and enough confidence to rebuild Hadrian’s Wall, Steve Angello destroyed the Space terrace at the inaugural Ibiza opening on May 31st 2009. In truth, the momentum had been building for Steve Angello for some time - from his globe-straddling Moby remix of ‘Raining Again’, to the anthemic re-working of ‘Tell Me Why’ with Axwell, to the now unmistakable ‘Be’ with Laidback Luke. ‘Be’ then returned in spirit as ‘Show Me Love’ with original vocalist Robin S and Laidback Luke in tow, smashing clubs and Top Ten charts into tiny pieces everywhere it was dropped.
Jump to November 2009 and Steve Angello releases ‘The Yearbook’ – a collection of his finest production work to date - including the devious ‘Alpha Baguera’ and euphoric ‘Monday’. The Yearbook was an unforgettable milestone in Steve’s stellar career. Since this offers have flooded in and projects with Pharrell Williams, Cheryl Cole and Kid Sister have filled his diary. Steve’s ascent into the dance music elite continues with his latest remix of Magnetic Man’s ‘Perfect Stranger’ having just been named Hottest Record in the World by Zane Lowe and his latest solo offering, the bass heavy ‘Knas’ having torn up every festival arena in the world this summer.
The king of the sun-kissed summer anthem; the mogul behind one of the hottest imprints on the planet; a superstar DJ who’s never lost the giddy enthusiasm of a fledgling clubber; and arguably the most successful and influential remixer of the 21st century. By anyone’s standards, Axel ‘Axwell’ Hedfors is a giant of modern-day dance music – and he’s only going to get bigger.
Axwell’s steady ascent into clubland aristocracy began back in 1995, when the eager Swedish teenager began teaching himself the arcane science of drum-machines, synthesisers and sequencers, and started releasing his very first tracks, as part of techno duo Quazar. By 1999, he’d moved towards a housier sound, as evidenced by his debut solo single, Funkboy. An impressive calling card, it paved the way for a steady flow of increasingly confident underground hits, until Axwell struck crossover gold with 2004’s glorious ‘Feel The Vibe’.
An unstoppably uplifting and instantly memorable track, the original version of ‘Feel The Vibe’ (featur- ing vocalist Errol Reid) dazzled every corner of clubland, before an overhauled version (with new vocals by Tara McDonald) gate-crashed the UK top 20. 2005’s ‘Watch The Sunrise’ (featuring Steve Edwards) proved to be another unstoppable anthem, as was his 2006 collaboration with fellow Swedish House Mafioso Steve Angello, Supermode’s ‘Tell Me Why’ (released via Ministry Of Sound, it reach #13 in the UK and #3 in the Netherlands). But it was 2007’s rave-referencing ‘I Found U’ (#6 in the UK charts) that really cemented Axwell’s status as a producer who could marry artistic innovation with strong com- mercial appeal – a rare thing indeed, in any genre of music.
Sebastian Ingrosso is that rare thing in the world of dance music: a musician who understands the world of melodies just as much as he understands the power of the kick drum.
Sebastian's father owned two record labels, and from the tender age of 14 Ingrosso could be found in the studio producing music. His first official remix was released on Mega Records in 1999 and for over a decade Ingrosso has been releasing a steady stream of original tracks and remixes. In 2009, Sebastian, Dirty South and David Guetta produced 'How Soon Is Now' with Julia McKnight, which has become a modern day vocal house classic. Other tracks include 'Leave The World behind' on Axtone, 'Umbrella' on Data, 'Laktos' on Refune, an amazing re-edit of 'Swimming Places' from Julian Jabre on Defected, Royksopp and Hard Fi's 'Suburban Knights', the searing remix of 'Jack You' with Steve Angello for Diddy and Felix which was approved by Sean Combs himself, MGMT's 'Kids' and most recently Miike Snow's 'Silvia'. 2010 saw him co-write and co-produce 'Cupid Boy', one of the key electronic anthems on Kylie's new Number 1 album.
As head of A & R for his label, Refune, Sebastian is constantly discovering and developing new talents such as Style of Eye, AN21, Max Vangeli, True Identity and his most recent signing, the exceptional Lune.
Sebastian Ingrosso's achievements as a DJ are no less impressive than of those in the area of production. From his first gig in a small pizza restaurant in small town Sweden, 2009's residency at world famous Sensation White saw him regularly performing to crowds of 25,000 all over the globe and 2010 has seen more smash gigs in Australia, USA and Brazil, not to mention countless countries throughout Europe. DJ Mag's 2009 Top 100 poll placed Seb at Number 25, the highest new entry.
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall - Coldplay Vs Swedish House Mafia
Calling - Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso
Save The World - Swedish House Mafia
Heart Is King - Axwell
Alex Metric & Steve Angello 'Open Your Eyes'
The Island – Pendulum (Steve Angello, AN21 & Max Vangeli Remix)
Valodja - Steve Angello & AN21
Until One - Swedish House Mafia
Miami 2 Ibiza - Swedish House Mafia Vs Tinie Tempah
Rave 'N' Roll - Steve Angello
Nothing But Love - Axwell
One ( Your Name ) ft Pharrell - Swedish House Mafia
Teenage Crime - Adrian Lux (Axwell remixes)
Monday - Steve Angello
Meich - Sebastian Ingrosso & Dirty South
Kidsos - Sebastian Ingrosso
Leave The World Behind - (AXWELL, INGROSSO, ANGELLO, LBL)
Laktos - Sebastian Ingrosso
It's True - Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso
Stockholm Disco EP - Sebastian Ingrosso & John Dahlback
Disco Construction - Can't Get Enough (Steve Angello re-mode)
Get It Back - Sebastian Ingrosso
Poster entries/MSG Programme
Looking through the entries for the posters…WOW!!! in the meantime we’re writing the programme for Madison Square Garden. Can everyone look for great photos that sum up this year and we’ll give you a place to upload them next week? Looking at all the memories of this year its hard to know how to put it on paper! Masquerade Motel Miami, EDC, MSG, MKB, Pacha, Ushuiaia, watching the world light up via ITunes Global Stream. Its amazing what we did together. We Came. We Raved. We Loved!!!! What a year! SHM HQ! x