It's been nearly three years since Swedish DJ/producers Steve Angello, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso first performed as the house-music collective Swedish House Mafia. But in a short span, they've become rock stars in the genre.
Although the DJs are known for their group effort, each boasts an impressive catalog of solo house hits, including Ingrosso's collaboration with Dirty South and David Guetta, "How Soon Is Now"; "Show Me Love," Angello and Laidback Luke's remix of Robin S's 1993 club hit; and the Axwell and Dirty South remix of the Temper Trap's "Sweet Disposition."
The trio's evolution from celebrated solo DJs to superstars was underscored when almost 100,000 fans gathered in late March to catch a Swedish House Mafia performance at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami.
"I don't know what happened really, we've always been there in the background, doing our thing," Axwell told MTV News in Miami. "I think the question is, 'What the hell happened to the States?' Because the States have kinda woken up to house music."
"We're still doing our solo careers," Angello said. "Everybody has their own things going, and then when we get together, it's like New Year's Eve. It's like these DJs getting together and having a blast and partying with the crowd."
The group recently leaked a yet-untitled single. The track, which opens to a haunting intro and builds to a euphoric peak, has become an instant hit, with fans burning up the Swedish House Mafia message boards. Several visitors posting to SHM's online forum have asked whether the song's title will be some variation on "Gangster the Dog" or maybe "Gangsta."
But Angello considers the song a work-in-progress. "We haven't named it," he said. "We haven't set a release date. We don't know if we're finished yet."
"It sounds pretty finished," Axwell added. "It works really well. It's our new single, but we're trying to find some sort of vocal on it and that's why we haven't put a name on it yet, because if we put a name on it, then we'll have to change it and it'll get messy. But it's phat!"
In keeping with the group's Swedish origins, we suggested 2005 Swedish "Idol" winner Agnes Carlsson, whose song "Release Me" has been a popular dance-music hit.
"Yeah!" said Ingrosso. "I met her in the embassy office getting her visa. Is she [Stateside]?" he wondered aloud.
Fans will have to wait to see if that collaboration comes to pass.
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