Why the Swedish House Mafia is splitting

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After announcing that the Swedish House Mafia is bowing out later in the year, Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell and Steve Angello got on the phone to Radio 1’s Pete Tong for a debrief. In the conversation, which you can listen to below, the three members agree that they’ve taken the project to the biggest stages possible and it’s time to move on. “We’re still trying to digest what we have done to ourselves,” quips Axwell at one point. Angello also points out that by trying to stage the most spectacular shows, with serious production budgets to match, the Swedes haven’t been making a profit from touring. You might take that one with a grain of salt.

“I think the confusion was because we didn’t go out with a big press release or 1000 interviews,” Steve Angello tells Tong in the interview. “We’ve had such an amazing run, it just feels right. We’re going to go out with a bang, and we just see this as the end of an amazing journey that we’ve done together as friends. It just feels right.”

Axwell stressed that there’s been no falling out between the three Mafiosos. “It’s so easy to stay content with the machine that is the Swedish House Mafia, but we’ve always been about challenging ourselves and doing different things. We felt we’d taken it as far – or even beyond – where we thought we could go with it. Maybe it’s time to do something different now. I don’t know what’s bigger than Milton Keynes Bowl or Friends Arena here in Stockholm. We didn’t want to end up repeating ourselves.”

The trio is expected to announce its final shows in August, but just how big that tour is going to be is still a work in progress. To round it out, Tong asks Ingrosso why a Swedish House Mafia album has never materialised. “We’re always working on music,” Ingrosso says. “There will be a farewell single. You never know if we’re going back in the studio again. We have about 28 unfinished demos, but you never know if they’re going to be finished or not.”



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imcool said on the 30th Jun, 2012

i give it 12-18months before they are back together finishing those demos & touring again, this just relieves the pressure for the time being, no way we've seen the end of SHM


Photosbyfern said on the 30th Jun, 2012

I truly hope you're right "imcool".


TranceUnited said on the 30th Jun, 2012

This is great news. We could do with a few more hanging up their shoes and letting the music business get back to normal.


ProjectwJs said on the 1st Jul, 2012

That or you will see a underground guise made by the three of them


jamwildway said on the 1st Jul, 2012

I hope they come back to Australia


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gedwashere91 said on the 2nd Jul, 2012

"the Swedes haven%u2019t been making a profit from touring"..... i call bullshit


zsmiles said on the 2nd Jul, 2012

the three of them never really played together before 'One' went huge, they just played together for so long because it attracted bigger crowds, and now after a few years they are going back to normal. I don't see what the issue is....

The Lurka

The Lurka said on the 2nd Jul, 2012

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The Lurka

The Lurka said on the 2nd Jul, 2012

SHM were & always will be a serious money making machine..mmm sounds like a Jukebox..take the money & run boys...more fireworks at your next Clown show..they will be back when the FMF circus comes to town..or Stereo...


psymonk said on the 2nd Jul, 2012

3 djs, 1 mixer. what the fuck they do up on stage together is a mystery to me


SlicyDicer said on the 3rd Jul, 2012

axwell carried all of them


rubbishtalk said on the 3rd Jul, 2012

What are we going to do now??? We don't get to see 3 guys on stage doing jack shite except for high fiving each other and backslapping and literally playing with each others knobs... hopefully we get to see some proper electronic acts with skills now