Before Tiësto headlined the recent Ultra Music Festival in Miami, MTV News had a chance to catch up with the electronic-music heavyweight for a phone chat about who he was looking forward to seeing at WMC 2010.
He mentioned house-music artists Calvin Harris and Laidback Luke, and the conversation ended with a glowing reference to stars Steve Angello, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso, who collectively perform and record together as Swedish House Mafia .
“Swedish House Mafia — they are amazing guys,” Tiësto said. “They are the rock stars of the house scene. They party together, they play together — very talented, all three of them. They make phenomenal tracks.”
It appears, in more ways than one, Tiësto is a fan of all things Swedish — so much so that he’s even moved to Stockholm from Holland.
Days later, MTV News caught up with the Mafia trio, and we shared Tiësto’s comments with them.
“I would say that’s a very good analysis of us,” Axwell said. “We are happy that he sees us that way.”
“I must say that Tiësto is the biggest DJ right now that’s alive on Earth,” Ingrosso said. “He’s the most humble, nicest guy that I think I ever met.”
“We love him, basically,” Axwell added. “So right back at you there!”
There was nothing but love between the artists we interviewed while covering WMC this year, and their mutual adoration for one another can be found on Twitter.
“I think what’s really cool about being on Twitter is gaining respect for each other,” Tiësto said. “You like each other. You talk to each other. We have a little bromance, me and Avicii. I love the Swedish House Mafia guys. I love Laidback Luke. I’m not sure if we’re ever going to be collaborating. It’s just on Twitter, you say, ’Hey, man, great track. I love your music.’ ”
Sure enough, Ingrosso, Axwell and Angello agree.
“Twitter is all about bromancing!” Axwell said.
“Exactly!” Ingrosso laughed.
So if you’re feeling the love, you should join the Twitter party — but the Swedish House Mafia guys suggest the haters stay out of it.
“For all of those guys, the negative tweeters, you should just relax, because Twitter is about positive energy,” Ingrosso said. “Just don’t tweet!”
Axwell chimed in: “Like the old expression that your mama used to say: ’If you don’t have anything positive to say … ”
” … Don’t say anything at all!” Angello finished.
Have you shared the Twitter love with your favorite dance-music artists? Let us know in the comments below!
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