Axel Christofer Hedfors (born 18 December 1977), better known under his stage name Axwell, is a Swedish DJ, remixer, record producer and record label owner. He is one third of what once was the Swedish House Mafia along with Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello. In 2013 he was placed 19th on the DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ Poll.
With five Grammy nominations and a bright, distinctive sound, Axwell (real name: Axel Hedfors) is a member of the EDM supergroup Swedish House Mafia and a solo DJ/producer who launched his name as part of the gay club scene in Europe. He has also been a member of the Mambana collaboration (with Isabel Fructuoso), with whom he was signed to Soulfuric Recordings and issued a number of singles.
He first hit the Billboard dance chart hit in 2003 with the single “Burning” (a collaboration with Robbie Rivera and Suzan Brittan), while 2004 saw the release of “Feel the Vibe,” a hit that would surface again in 2005 as “Feel the Vibe (‘Til The Morning Comes)” with singer Tara MacDonald adding new vocals. The year 2005 also saw the release of the dance hit “Watch the Sunrise” with Steve Edwards on vocals, along with the formation of the DJ’s own label, Axtone. In 2006 he would form the project Supermode with fellow producer Steve Angello, while in 2007 the pair was joined by DJ Sebastian Ingrosso for a DJ set in Ibiza under the name Swedish House Mafia. Two years later the trio signed a major-label recording contract with EMI and made their commercial production debut with the summer 2010 anthem “One,” also known as “One (Your Name)” (the latter version featured Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes on vocals). The song was a Top Ten hit in the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Belgium, and landed on the group’s debut album, 2010’s Until One. Two years later the group members announced they were breaking up and returning to their solo careers, although only after a farewell tour and the release of their second album, 2012’s Until Now.
That same year(2012), Axwell’s remix of Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl’s “In My Mind” turned the track into a smash hit and earned Axwell a Grammy nomination for best remix. He followed it in 2013 with the solo hit “Center of the Universe,” along with another collaboration with Ingrosso, the single “Roar.”
It’s been a year of transition for Axwell, who along with Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso finally bade farewell to their Swedish House Mafia project at UMF in March. The rest of 2013 has simply seen a continuation of Axwell’s solo career, which he maintained even at the height of SHM mania.
This year’s highlights include, he says, “Playing at Fabrik in Madrid, one of the most intense crowds. Also, my homecoming party in Stockholm was a proper homecoming party. I’m so proud of the Swedish crowd!”
And when asked if he has any stories to share, Axwell replies, “I have seen and experienced so many funny, crazy things these last couple of years that I don’t even notice them when they happen, its all just a part of ‘normal’ for me now.
“The craziest thing for me is to see the crowd love the music I make.”