Swedish House Mafia
Swedish House Mafia is a house music supergroup comprised of DJ/producers Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso, each of whom is an accomplished DJ/producer and label owner in his own right. The members of the Swedish group initially teamed up in the mid-2000s, when they toured together as DJs and collaborated from time to time on one another’s productions. Eric Prydz was also a member of the group for a while. Axwell, Angello, and Ingrosso’s breakout performance as Swedish House Mafia came on August 12, 2008, when they played the Main Room at Cream Amnesia in Ibiza, Spain as part of Radio 1’s Essential Mix Ibiza.
A couple 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 featuring 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. The release of One Last Tour: A Live Soundtrack brought the project to a close in 2014.
It is a testament to their huge international appeal that the Swedish House Mafia has ‘done a Daft Punk’ this year, in that they have made it into the Top 100 despite not performing for most of the year in the wake of their split back in March.
“The last few months were pretty emotional,” says Seb Ingrosso. “It was the best and worst of times for us, but you know it was also super nice to finally get the tour and the single done and thank everyone.”
For the last decade few electronic acts have had the crossover appeal of Swedish House Mafia, arguably the group that kick-started the EDM craze in the States, however unwittingly. In their wake, shows with mind-blowing lights, lasers and crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands have become ever more the norm.
“Milton Keynes Bowl was a real career highlight. Ultra in Miami was a special moment but also places like India were super special, we got love like nowhere else before and playing our songs still brought tears to our eyes.”
Gone they may be, forgotten they certainly will never be.