NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – The DJ supergroup Swedish House Mafia, renowned for bringing house music to the masses with their arena performances, is poised to grab the attention of the public with a new collaboration with The Weeknd and a global tour on the horizon.
The trio released a new song and music video on Friday, combining their loud, stunning beats with The Weeknd’s dark cinematic vocals on “Moth To a Flame.” This comes when they announce a 2022 arena world tour with stops in Miami, Las Vegas, Houston, Toronto, London, Paris and Madrid.
It’s the long-awaited return of DJs – Steve Angello, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso – who announced their separation in 2012, reaching heights that few other DJs have, and spearheading the wave of interest in EDM music with their epic live performances.
“I think the timing was the best that could happen to us,” Angello told The Associated Press in an interview from Stockholm.
With hits like “Don’t You Worry Child” and “Save The World,” they were the first DJ to sell out Madison Square Garden and make the biggest profits at Coachella, where they will return in 2022. All three announced their reunion in surprise at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami in 2018, but behind the scenes there was a multi-year process of getting a new label, new leadership, and new music. Known for perfectionists and slow recording rates, the pandemic gave them the time they needed as they worked in their studio in Sweden.
“We have written more songs in the last two years than in 20 years before, and this is incredible,” said Angello.
They also now share one management team with The Weeknd, which has hinted at working together on his social networks… “After meeting in Los Angeles, they found a track that they all loved, and the Toronto superstar let the inspiration drive him,” Axwell said.
“He just, boom, went for it and it sounded amazing,” Axwell said. “We thought, ‘Well, did you write it down or what was it like? Did you prepare the records? (He said 🙂 “I just looked at some text messages on my phone.”
They released two more singles this year, including “Lifetime”. with Ty Dolla $ ign, 070 Shake and “It Gets Better”, both of which entered the top 15 of the Billboard Hot Dance / Electronic Songs chart. The new songs precede their full-length album, “Paradise Again”, which is slated for release next year.
Being able to push boundaries again was a motivating factor to get back together and put aside the differences that led to their split, said Angello, who continued to shy away from the exact reasons.
“It’s been enough time to feel like I’m missing something, right?” said Angello. “For example, when you are running 100 miles per hour, you have no time to think. But if you allow yourself some time to pass, then suddenly all those things that have torn us apart will be, as it were, destroyed. “
During the breakup, they all continued to work and perform. Angello released his own solo recordings, and Axwell and Ingrosso released a joint album in 2017. But when the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2020, the lack of an audience was one of the biggest challenges for these DJs, who have performed live in clubs, arenas and festivals around the world for decades, setting an unforgiving musical pace for tens of thousands of people. dance lovers.
“I understand why many historical bands continue to tour the rest of their days,” Ingrosso said. “Because when you’re there and did it once in a lifetime with energy and positivity, it’s like we’re missing a piece of our hearts.”
Ingrosso said that from time to time they would turn their studio into a nightclub, just to get a chance to experience the music the way it was meant to be.
“Sometimes we had small parties here and there all over the studio just to listen to music when you’re not 100% sober, if you know what I mean,” Ingrosso said.
Their 2022 tour will kick off on July 29 in Miami and run until November 13 in Tampere, Finland.
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