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Questions Top100 DJs 2012 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:21

Stadium house
Best known for: 
'One' with Pharrell Williams
Tune of the year: 
Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl 'In My Mind'
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: 
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: 
Flying. Or moving stuff with my mind. I've tried, it doesn't work.
Should you play to the crowd or for yourself: 
It's a balance. There's nothing worse than to play just for the crowd, but it's also pretty bad if you play for yourself and the crowd hates it.
What does EDM mean to you: 
A new buzzword for music that's been around for ages.
Should celebrities be DJs: 
They can if they want, but the real question is, should promoters and clubs book celebrities as DJs just because they are celebrities?
Have you ever been thrown off the decks: 
Not forcibly, but gently. Like, 'You know, you can play a little bit shorter if you want'. But a long time ago.
Are you a DJ if you don't beat match: 
It's not too much to ask of a DJ to be able to beat match. But it's not super imperative.
Where's the next dance music capital: 
Mexico City

It's been a rollercoaster of a year for Axwell. The Swedish House Mafia announced they were to go their separate ways in June, despite riding a tsunami of hype that began swelling back in 2008.

"Things became so humungous, we just didn't know how to take it to the next level," he says. "We achieved all those dreams that we had. Swedish House Mafia was just a coincidence, really, that became so big. We thought, to challenge ourselves, we should change the direction suddenly. We thrive when things are a little bit turbulent." Splitting up is a pretty extreme way to change direction, but what's done is done. Since 2005, he's had his own imprint Axtone, and, he says, what they have always done individually "fuelled Swedish House Mafia", so the flow of production and remixes will continue unabated. "It will be business as usual," he assures.

"We've always been individuals, so in a way it's not that big of a dramatic change." They will be touring the globe on their final tour into March next year, with shows planned in India, South Africa and at Madison Square Garden in New York. "Right now it's exciting to be doing something for the last time," he says. "We're excited about the break up. So it's fun, in a way, but also melancholic."