NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – DJ Swedish House Mafia supergroup, known for bringing house music to the masses with their arena shows, are ready to turn the crowd on with a new collaboration with The Weeknd and a world tour at the horizon.
The trio released a new song and music video on Friday, mingling their punchy and catchy beats with The Weeknd’s dark, cinematic vocals on “Moth To a Flame.” It comes as they announce a 44-date World Arena Tour in 2022 with stops in Miami, Las Vegas, Houston, Toronto, London, Paris and Madrid.
It’s a long-awaited comeback for DJs – Steve Angello, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso – who announced their breakup in 2012 after reaching heights few other DJs had and leading a wave of interest in EDM music with their grandiose live shows.
“I think the weather was the best thing that could have happened to us,” Angello told The Associated Press in an interview from Stockholm.
With hits like “Don’t You Worry Child” and “Save The World,” they were the first DJ group to sell Madison Square Garden and headlined at Coachella, where they will return in 2022. Anticipation has been mounting since the three announced their reunion in a surprise set at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami in 2018, but behind the scenes it has been a multi-year process to secure a new label, new direction and new music. Known for being perfectionists and their slow recording pace, the pandemic gave them the time they needed to work in their studio in Sweden.
“We’ve done more songs in the last two years than in the previous 20 years, which is amazing,” Angello said.
They also now share the same management team with The Weeknd, who hinted at the collaboration on his social networks. After meeting in Los Angeles, they found a track they all loved and the Toronto superstar let inspiration guide it, Axwell said.
“He just, boom, went there and it looked amazing,” Axwell said. “We were like, ‘Well, did you write that or how was it? Have you prepared any notes? (He said 🙂 ‘I just looked at text messages on my phone.’ “
They released two more singles this year, including “Lifetime” featuring Ty Dolla $ ign and 070 Shake and “It Gets Better,” both of which reached Top 15 on Billboard’s Hot Dance / Electronic Songs chart. The new songs lead to their full album “Paradise Again”, which is slated for release next year.
The opportunity to push the boundaries again was the motivator to get back together and put aside the differences that led to their split, said Angello, who was shy about the exact reasons.
“Enough time has passed for me to feel like I was missing something, hasn’t it?” Said Angello. “So like when you run 100 kilometers an hour, like you don’t have time to think. But if you let a certain amount of time go by, all of a sudden, these things that, these things that tore us apart has kind of been destroyed.
During the breakup, they all continued to work and perform. Angello released his own solo records and Axwell and Ingrosso released an album in 2017 together. But when the coronavirus pandemic took hold in 2020, not having an audience was one of the hardest parts for these DJs who had spent decades performing live at clubs, arenas and festivals across the country. all over the world, setting the relentless musical beat to tens of thousands of dance fans.
“I understand why many heritage groups keep spinning for the rest of their lives,” Ingrosso said. “Because once you’re there and you’ve done it once in your life with the energy and positivity, it’s like a piece of our heart that we miss.”
Ingrosso has said every now and then that they turn their studio into a nightclub, just to get the chance to experience the music the way it is meant to be experienced.
“Sometimes we would have a little party here and there in the studio just to listen to some music when you’re not totally 100% sober, if you know what I mean,” Ingrosso said.
Their 2022 tour begins July 29 in Miami and ends November 13 in Tampere, Finland.
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