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Swedish House Mafia: How A Group Of Underground DJs Became Global Dance Music Icons

MikeFlux | 10/08/2023

After two decades in the music industry as DJ/Producer, the Swedish House Mafia has established itself as one of the most influential and popular dance music acts of all time. With their electrifying live performances and innovative productions, the Swedish trio has carved out a unique place in dance music, joining the ranks of legends like Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, and Underworld.

Today we want to take a closer look at their work, their legacy, and how they got where they are today.

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Rise To Fame

Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, and Axwell formed the Swedish House Mafia in 2008 and quickly became prominent in the global club scene. With their energetic DJ sets and high-quality productions, they soon earned a reputation as one of the best dance music acts.

Throughout the late 2000s and early 2010s, Swedish House Mafia released a string of hit singles and remixes that set the standard for modern dance music. Tracks like “One,” “Save the World,” and “Don’t You Worry Child” became anthems for dance music fans around the world, solidifying the trio’s place in the pantheon of electronic dance music.

Equally impressive were their live shows, featuring a mesmerizing light and visual show unlike anything else in dance music. With their innovative approach to DJing and production, the Swedish House Mafia was able to captivate audiences worldwide and cement their place as one of the essential dance music acts of all time.

Farewell Tour

In 2012, the Swedish House Mafia embarked on their “One Last Tour,” a farewell tour that took the trio around the world one last time before taking a hiatus. The tour was a massive success despite the sad fact that this was the end of an era. To this day, many fans still remember the final show at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, as a historic moment in dance music history.

The Five-Year Hiatus

In 2012, the Swedish House Mafia embarked on their “One Last Tour,” a farewell tour that took the trio around the world one last time before taking a hiatus. The tour was a massive success despite the sad fact that this was the end of an era. To this day, many fans still remember the final show at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, as a historic moment in dance music history.

The Five-Year Hiatus

After the tour, Axwell and Ingrosso worked as a duo. They continued to tour and perform at major music festivals, delivering their signature sound to audiences worldwide.

Meanwhile, Angello developed his solo career exploring his love for techno music, ultimately leading to a new album, “Human.” He also founded his record label, SIZE, which has since become a leading brand in the EDM industry.

Overall, the band spent these years developing their styles, honing their skills, and taking their music in new directions. It was an experimental time and a chance for them to grow beyond their roots and expand their musical skills.

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The Inevitable Comeback

In 2018, the trio reunited for a series of highly-anticipated performances, following which they appear to have returned to full-time production. In April 2022, they rereleased Paradise, their debut album they’ve shown no signs of slowing down.

The Future of Swedish House Mafia

It’s hard to predict what the future may hold for the Swedish House Mafia, but their influence on the world of dance music will no doubt continue to be felt for many years. Whatever projects they pursue will always be regarded as icons of genre and inspirations to countless musicians.

Swedish House Mafia is and always will be a part of EDM history.

Written by MikeFlux

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