Exclusive interview: Creamfields headliners Axwell /\ Ingrosso
The DJs talk exclusively to What’s On about their lives shows, the music that inspires them and whether they’ll ever perform again as Swedish House Mafia. You can see the duo live on Yas Island December 8
Axel Christofer Hedfors and Sebastian Ingrosso are two of the biggest names in EDM – they were previously members of chart-topping, legendary dance act Swedish House Mafia and have been performing as duo Axwell /\ Ingrosso since 2014. The DJs have been nominated for several Grammys during their career and have headlined Creamfields festivals all over the globe, and they’ve also headlined at Coachella festival in California – and next month they perform at Creamfields here in Abu Dhabi along with Deadmau5 and trance legends Above & Beyond.
What is your favourite track to play live and why?
It’s always changing but for now it’s definitely More Than You Know. The reaction from its first play at the Ultra Music Festival Miami this year meant we knew we were on to something.
What can the crowd expect from your live shows?
We incorporate a lot of film and custom visuals in our shows with a lot energy. We want you to feel something at an Axwell /\ Ingrosso show.
Tell us about your EP More Than You Know – sum up the inspiration for it
The inspiration for the EP was to allow ourselves to release what we wanted, without boundaries and tell a story. The visual EP shows just that.
If there was one song you wish you’d written, what would it be?
Anything by Coldplay, Chris Martin is an incredible song writer. There’s an artist named Kimbra we heard the other day – she is really interesting.
What’s the best reaction you’ve had from a crowd when playing live?
it was at our Creamfields Steelyard show in London this summer to 15,000 people. The UK has been a huge part of our career and we’re still humbled by the love from the fans there.
What does 2018 hold in store for EDM?
More melodies hopefully.
What artists are you listening to at the moment?
We love young producers like LIOHN, Klahr, D.O.D.
This year has seen loads of groups get back to ever – will we ever see you perform as Swedish House Mafia again?
Never say never.
What’s the best Creamfields gig you’ve ever done? Where and why?
This year was amazing in the UK! We were playing on the main stage and the weather was incredible, which is usually not the case at festivals in England.
What are your plans for 2018? What will you guys be doing?
We’ve recently finished building our studio complex in Stockholm, Good Father Studios, so we’re planning on spending as much time as possible working on music there.
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