Ingrosso: the Swedish House Mafia aren't faking
Fri 22nd Jun, 2012 News 5756 viewsin
You’d think that by now, people would be used to Deadmau5 mouthing off. But when Rolling Stone published an excerpt of the mau5’s latest caustic vent about “button-pushing DJs” yesterday, one Sebastian Ingrosso took the bait.
Deadmau5’s latest rant may not have mentioned Swedish House Mafia by name, but Ingrosso sure took offence. “That’s interesting that [Deadmau5] said that, because that’s exactly what he does,” the SHM heavyweight’s quipped to Rolling Stone yesterday. “But we don’t. We have four CD players, six hands, so we’re going in and out all the time, otherwise we would be bored and take our fuckin’ lives. He’s a great guy and an awesome producer. But, buddy, if you want to start talking about people pushing buttons – just pushing ‘play’ – then that would be another thing.”
Of course, the whole ‘fake DJ’ thing is a bit of a touchy subject for the Swedes. At the Las Vegas conference EDMbiz earlier this month, Steve Angello hit back at suggestions that he’s partial to hitting play on a pre-recorded mix. “The thing is, I lost my hearing in my left ear two years ago…so I taught myself how to DJ without headphones.” Angello defended. “Listen, I wouldn’t be doing this if I was faking, cause I could’ve done shitloads of other stuff. I’ve done this since I was twelve, I know how to beatmatch.”
After getting the Deadmau5 stuff off his chest, Ingrosso went on to compare SHM – or their chord progressions, at least – to none other than The Beatles. “I think the Beatles made something that’s kind of melancholic to sad and happy combined, and that’s just amazing,” he explained. “I kind of analyze music a lot, and I think that what the Beatles have done is what we do today. [It] doesn’t matter that we do dance music.”
Flattering comparisons aside, we doubt this is the last we’ll hear on the button-pushing issue. DJ Sneak, it’s over to you.