The fond farewells continue to pour in since news hit this past weekend that Swedish House Mafia — the “holy trinity of house” — will soon disband.
“It’s obviously very sad news,” fellow Swede Avicii told MTV News in a written statement on Tuesday. The producer (a.k.a. Tim Bergling) joins the global electronic dance music community, including David Guetta, Zedd, Hardwell and many more, in lamenting the end of SHM , who will say goodbye with a final tour.
The three Swedes — Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello — were veteran electronic music producers on their own when they came together in 2008 to form Swedish House Mafia. They went on to achieve what Tiësto once described to MTV News as “rock-star” status, as they released monster singles (like Grammy-nominated “Save the World”) and staged massive stadium performances around the globe.
Having gained recognition as one of EDM’s biggest brands, at a time when dance music has truly gone pop in the States, SHM dropped a bomb on Saturday with their announcement. Confirming via their website that they plan to part ways after their upcoming tour, SHM didn’t specify the reason for their decision. “Today we want to share with you that the tour we are about to go on will be our last. We want to thank every single one of you that came with us on this journey. We came, we raved, we loved,” the message read.
Over the years, SHM worked with young up-and-comers bound for EDM stardom : Calvin Harris , Thomas Gold, Dirty South, Max Vangeli & AN21, Afrojack, Junior Sanchez, Alesso. And those are just a fraction of the acts that have opened for the Swedes on their group or solo headlining shows. Through their influential record labels — Axwell’s Axtone, Angello’s Size and Ingrosso’s Refune — the trio pushed scores of artists and focused on taking the productions to the next level. Indeed, SHM not only raved and loved, they also inspired.
“They have always been role models to me,” Avicii said. “They’re all amazing producers and DJs and have been a big part of me developing my sound and starting producing in the first place,” Avicii continued. “They’ve played a big part in EDM’s quick rise the past couple years and have influenced thousands of producers like myself.”
“Everything we have done to this day has been in large part due to their inspiration,” Max Vangeli & AN21 recently told MTV News. “We have learned so much from the boys, from production to performance. They have always been leading the game and stayed innovative. It’s very sad to hear the news but sometimes leaving on top is for the best. All three of them are amazing guys with lots of talent, and the music will continue regardless.”
As Swedish House Mafia wrap things up, they are planning to drop a new single, rumored to be titled “Don’t You Worry Child.” The group will perform in London, Ibiza and Sweden, with a final leg of their farewell tour to be announced in August. Of course, some are still holding out hope that this goodbye won’t be forever.
“Hopefully, this is not the end,” Avicii said. “And [I] hope they reunite later on in their careers!”
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