DAWN OF A NEW BEGINNING
Photo Credit: Fredrik Skogkvist
Zane Lowe bagged another world exclusive tonight, opening his show with a show intro of another kind. Having been invited down for a private playback in the studio with Axwell /\ Ingrosso this week in London, he decided to take the only piece of music he was allowed to play now, the intro to their new show, and open his BBC radio show with it. He followed it up with the band’s free download they launched on Sunday, a previous classic they used to open the Swedish House Mafia shows with – “We Come We Rave We Love.” The band had announced it was time to clean out the closet before the new music came, and gave the much-coveted track away on their Soundcloud.
“I was lucky enough to go down to the studio this week, listen to a whole bunch of songs, some finished some almost there. It’s going to be incredible. Back out on the road, NYC Governor’s Ball and a handful of shows…its a whole new era for these two.”
Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1
Go to the band’s Soundcloud page to hear the song:
So it’s now official. Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso are releasing an album under the moniker Axwell /\ Ingrosso. This will be their first ever artist album, as Swedish House Mafia never released a full album despite selling over 10 million records. Not hinting at the project at all until last week, it would appear the majority of the record is now ready and the release will be this year.
Axwell /\ Ingrosso will perform for the first time, including the new music, during their headline slot at Governor’s Ball in New York, NY, on June 8th, 2014
Solidifying their union, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso merged their Facebook pages to form a singular page for the band, a feat never done before after melting their feeds – even Calvin Harris was confused. This will erase each page’s individual history and begin again to house the new journey.
Much speculation has been swirling around, intensifying after their names appeared on the bill for this year’s Governor’s Ball and V Festival alongside headliners such as Vampire Weekend, Jack White and Justin Timberlake. The band is asking fans to sign up to be a part of the journey on their website, adding to the enigmatic messages. We are yet to see what this will bring. They will go on to headline The Light in Las Vegas and the Bravalla Festival in Sweden with Kanye West. Axwell /\ Ingrosso will also continue their residency at Ushuaia in Ibiza on Wednesdays from June 25 with their event concept, Departures.
Axwell /\ Ingrosso announce this project after the release of the acclaimed documentary Leave the World Behind. Directed by Christian Larson and executively produced by Jonas Akerlund the documentary achieved global number one status on iTunes. The film follows Swedish House Mafia’s “One Last Tour” and the group’s eventual break up. Having already been nominated for numerous awards — including two Grammys, and sold out huge festivals and arenas worldwide (including a SHM concert at Madison Square Garden in a record 9 minutes), Axwell /\ Ingrosso plan to bring things back around again to focus on the music in their heads and hearts.
Performing together as Axwell /\ Ingrosso in New York has special meaning for the duo, having been chosen to light the Empire State Building and, in 2012, throwing a Black Tie Rave in NY to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims, with 100 percent of the net proceeds going to relief efforts. The city honored them by turning the Empire State Building to blue and yellow, the colors of Sweden.
Axwell & Ingrosso
June 08 2014, Sunday, Governor’s Ball, New York
June 21 2014, Saturday, Light, Las Vegas
June 22 2014, Sunday, EDC, Las vegas
June 25 2014, Wednesday, Departures at Ushuaia, Ibiza
June 28 2014, Saturday, Bravalla Festival, Norrkoping
July 02 2014, Wednesday, Departures at Ushuaia, Ibiza
July 09 2014, Wednesday, Departures at Ushuaia, Ibiza
July 16 2014, Wednesday, Departures at Ushuaia, Ibiza
July 23 2014, Wednesday, Departures at Ushuaia, Ibiza
August 06 2014, Wednesday, Departures at Ushuaia, Ibiza
August 16 2014, Saturday, V Festival, Stafford
August 17 2014, Sunday, Festival, Chelmsford
August 20 2014, Wednesday, Departures at Ushuaia, Ibiza
August 24 2014, Sunday, Creamfields, Daresbury
August 27 2014, Wednesday, Departures at Ushuaia, Ibiza
September 03 2014, Wednesday, Departures at Ushuaia, Ibiza
“Finishing what we started – this time we can’t go home”
– Axwell /\ Ingrosso
About Swedish House Mafia
Swedish House Mafia was a supergroup comprised of Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello, childhood friends who went on to have the fastest single to ever to reach Beatport at number one, get nominated for two Grammy’s, and see themselves sell one million concert tickets in one week. Swedish House Mafia achieved a BPI Gold Sales award in the United Kingdom and international chart success. Having announced their ‘One Last Tour’ in 2012, Swedish House Mafia went on to tour 36 cities racking up an impressive 56 shows over 5 months. They have won government Export Prizes in Sweden (also awarded to the likes of Abba), 4 International Dance Music Awards (with 7 nominations), won the “Best Swedish Act” award at the MTV European Ballz awards. They were nominated for 4 Billboard Music Awards, 2 World Music Awards and 2 Grammy’s. Their and their brand collaborations included Greyhound with Absolut, Volvo and Sony Ericsson. On the final leg of their farewell tour, they raised a million dollars for Hurricane Sandy at a Black Tie Rave in 2013 in New York City. The city honoured them by turning the Empire State blue and yellow, Sweden’s colours. The Swedish group stamped out the animosity once associated with popular dance music, setting a new precedent with such chart-topping endeavors and momentous live landmarks.
The global icon and five-time Grammy nominated Axwell has a career that has taken him from the Swedish underground to Madison Square Gardens and the UK charts alike. Driven by the belief that every release should matter, his Axtone Records imprint continues to lead with quality and consistency, balancing his own musical tastes alongside some of the freshest talents on offer. Ax already has many landmark hits under his belt, ‘Feel The Vibe, ‘Wonderful World’ and the accidental crossover anthem ‘I Found U’ were all tracks synonymous of his earlier years.
About Sebastian Ingrosso
Sebastian Ingrosso is a musician who understands the world of melodies just as much as he understands the power of the kick drum. For his label, Refune – this year celebrating its 10th anniversary — Sebastian is constantly discovering and developing new talents such as Otto Knows and of course rising star Alesso.