Steve Angello Speaks on New Album, Music Industry Perceptions, and Swedish House Mafia’s Break Up

In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Steve Angello opened up for a very candid conversation regarding his new album, Size Records, realities in the music business, Swedish House Mafia, and even his discomfort in private jets. It seems almost everyone has an opinion on dance music nowadays, but through and through Angello makes some of the most veracious and authentic comments on the matter to date.

You know what I miss? I miss normal. I remember just being excited to go and play at a regular club. And you’re thinking “this is my night,” and there may only be 250 or 300 people there. And there was no pressure. I kind of miss that it used to be playful. You could be creative, nobody judged you. Today, it’s all judgment.

He went on to talk about the business side of the scene, and how everyone “just wants in” with EDM. This example he gave was pretty hilarious.

I have the weirdest calls every single day from big Fortune 500 companies who want to come and get involved. And I’m like “how?” They will tell me they just want to “get into the EDM space.” But they’ll be, like, selling trimmers. “But you have a beard!” Yeah but, what do you want me to do? Shave on camera so you can tell people all the dance acts use Phillips?

As for Swedish House Mafia, Steve summed up the break up in extremely precise fashion:

I think we felt like it had become a very big machine. I think the pressure … It just wasn’t having fun anymore. It was this humongous monster. We felt like tired. Swedish House Mafia was never something planned, it was just like, we’re three guys, let’s do this and have fun and throw parties and have a blast. So we just thought, “You know what? Let’s end this.”

With a new single in the works called “Lights” with Third Party, Angello spoke on his new album, revealing it;s title of Wild Youth, and claiming it “should be done by the end of the year.”

If you’re interested in dance music at all, or just want some honest insight into a big artist’s point of view, I strongly, strongly recommend reading through the entire article. Like I said, some of the best commentary on the subject I’ve read yet.

[via Huffington Post]