GLOW Washington DC presents:
Opening Set by Roberto Gonzalez
Saturday May 7, 2011
Fur Nightclub 33 Patterson St NE
Doors Open at 10pm, Ages 18+
Style: House, uplifting, melodic, big room
Famous Tracks: In the Air, Nothing but Love, One (Swedish House Mafia), The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Axwell and Dirty South Remix), Adrian Lux – Teenage Drime (Axwell Remix), Leave the World Behind, It’s True
Best Known For: Being a deep thinker. Forming 1/3 of Swedish House Mafia. Bringing house music that much closer to the American mainstream.
DJ Mag Rank: 10
Do we have to say anything at all? The man we booked for the biggest night of the year (Thanksgiving Eve) is coming back to DC nightlife for round 2! You can find pictures from the last event here.
As 1/3 of Swedish House Mafia, Axwell essentially took over the world of dance music last year with the hit song ‘One (Your Name).’ The group’s follow up, ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’ as well as Ax’s single ‘Nothing But Love For You’ and remix of ‘Teenage Crime’ have been hammered in clubs from DC to Down Under.
He and friend, producer and Mafia affiliate Dirty South were nominated for the 2011 Grammy for Best Remix with their take on The Temper Trap’s ‘Sweet Disposition.’
2011 has seen a flurry of new releases and remixes on his Axtone label. And of course, something new with Dirty South is in the pipeline!!
The king of the sun-kissed summer anthem; the mogul behind one of the hottest imprints on the planet; a superstar producer and DJ who’s never lost the giddy enthusiasm of a fledgling clubber; and one of the most successful and influential remixers of the 21st century. By anyone’s standards, Axel ‘Axwell’ Hedfors is a giant of modern-day dance music – and he’s only going to get bigger.
Axwell’s steady ascent into clubland aristocracy began when he struck crossover gold with 2004’s glorious ‘Feel The Vibe’. An unstoppably uplifting and instantly memorable track, the original version of ‘Feel The Vibe’ (featuring vocalist Errol Reid) dazzled every corner of clubland, before an overhauled version (with new vocals by Tara McDonald) gate-crashed the UK top 20. 2005’s ‘Watch The Sunrise’ (featuring Steve Edwards) proved to be another unstoppable anthem, as was his 2006 collaboration with fellow Swedish House Mafioso Steve Angello, Supermode’s ‘Tell Me Why’ (released via Ministry Of Sound, it reach #13 in the UK and #3 in the Netherlands). But it was 2007’s rave-referencing ‘I Found U’ (#6 in the UK charts) that really cemented Axwell’s status as a producer who could marry artistic innovation with strong commercial appeal – a rare thing indeed, in any genre of music. Most recently he was one of the forces behind Swedish House Mafia – One (Your Name) featuring Pharell Williams, another top ten UK hit, crashing into the summer charts at #7 and soundtracking every festival, dance event and Ibiza club night.
“I do feel pressure to maintain a certain level of success,” says Axwell. “That’s a weight that lies on my shoulders – but all that pressure comes from myself. I want every tune to be better than the last one: to sound stronger, to be phatter, to work better in a club. So it’s pressure, but it’s good pressure. It pushes me forwards, creatively.”
“For me, it’s all about asking questions of myself. Would I play this? Would I play it during peak time? Is it the phattest thing I’ve ever heard? Is it the most futuristic shit out there? I question the track – and myself – the whole time. I’ve got a good expression: the goose-bumps never lie. If you get goose-bumps during the production stage, then you’re on the right track…”
Axwell’s Midas-like touch – along with his peerless technical ability – has made him the go-to guy for artists looking to get their latest release reworked into a storming dancefloor juggernaut. Madonna, Nelly Furtado, Moby and Pharrell Williams have all come a-knockin’, while productions such as his masterful reworking of Hard-Fi’s ‘Hard To Beat’, his sublime remix of The Temper Trap’s ‘Sweet Disposition’ (along with Dirty South) and of course his unstoppable version of TV Rock’s ‘In The Air’ have gone on to become as big as – or, in many cases, bigger than – the original tracks.
Part of what makes Axwell such a sought-after producer is his dazzling stylistic agility; he can switch between house, techno and electro (and everything in-between) without even breaking a sweat.
“Axwell has an innate feel for the dancefloor,” says long-time fan Judge Jules, “but his versatility is even more impressive. Too many producers get caught in a trademark groove, becoming a prisoner of their own perceived style. Axwell’s material is so varied, but it never fails to rock – big time.”
You only have to take a look over the back catalogue of Axtone, Axwell’s much-admired label