SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA
The highly anticpated Black Tie Rave on Feb. 28 featuring Swedish House Mafia on their 'One Last Tour' has already proved to be hugely successful. The first round of tickets were auctioned off in December and with under a third of the tickets sold, an incredible amount of $437,000 was raised for the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund in support of hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
The masterful, world famous, phenomenon that is Swedish House Mafia, has just announced the full reveal of support for their U.S. 'One Last Tour' dates and naturally, they did it big. With 12 of their 16 U.S. shows already sold out and what will be an eventful and historic finale performance at Ultra Music Festival, the attendees will have quite an unforgettable SHM experience.
The acts included are Pete Tong and Armand Van Helden who will make an appearance at the MSG and Barclays Center in NYC as well as AN21 & Max Vangeli, and Otto Knows. The highly anticipated Black Tie Rave will see Pete Tong again as well as Carl Kennedy while the West Coast is in for a treat with the solid Masquerade Motel line up featuring Alesso, Mat Zo, Third Party, Zedd, Nero, Clockwork, and Style Of Eye.
No matter where you're closing out 2012, make sure good music is surrounding you. With that said, if you get the chance on New Year's Eve, you can catch the sounds of Swedish House Mafia for an exclusive set. The trio will be taking over the airwaves from 10pm – 12am on Evolution, iHeartRadio’s newest station dedicated to all things dance.
Last year, when Swedish House Mafia brought their infamous Masquerade Motel party to Miami Music Week, it resulted in what could easily be dubbed a "mini music festival." Mostly because their were about 10,000 fans in attendance at Miami's Grand Central Park.
There's no bigger force to be reckoned with than Swedish House Mafia. Announcing their final run as a trio with their most extensive outing ever, "One Last Tour," the Swedes have now announced they will be giving back to the victims of Hurricane Sandy and play a show at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 28 before they play New York's Madison Square Garden on March 1 and Barclays Center on March 2-4. Their final shows will be the grand finale as they open Ultra Music Festival in Miami on March 15 and close out the festival on March 24...one last time.
When we think of the typical festival, we imagine sprawling fields tucked away somewhere in middle-America where music lovers campout in the impossible heats of the middle of summer. Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco - they all follow the same logistical style. So how would a brand new festival, in late September, tucked away in the southeast, fare against our learned expectations? We found out last weekend as we trekked to Bouckaert Park outside of Atlanta for Counterpoint Music Festival, realizing that some molds are meant to be broken.
This was no typical Saturday in Central Park. The Upper East Side was about to get christened by rave kids of all kinds and most importantly, by 1/3 of the Swedish House Mafia, Mr. Steve Angello. He brought his expertise in doing what he does best to the Size Matters event and put on one of the most memorable EDM shows New York City had seen the entire summer.
Rumsey Playfield was home to the sold out, 'Size In The Park,' with Steve Angello headlining along with mates from his Size Records, Third Party, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, AN21 and Max Vangeli. Making their NYC debut, Third Party dropped a lot of their own tracks including, "Thank You," feat. Loleatta Holloway and their remix of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, "Otherside." An impressive set to say the least, Sunnery and Ryan created an elaborate tone playing funky house tracks that no music lover could deny. They dropped classics like Joe Brunning's "Now Let Me See You Work," and the most refreshing bootleg of the whole set, Hardwell's "Spaceman" vs. Ultra Nate's "Free.” After, AN21 and Max Vangeli hit the stage shining with a set heavy on beats with original tracks like, “People Of The Night,” (feat.Tiesto) and "Fresh Start."
If you weren’t already aware of EDM’s booming popularity in the United States, this will surely catch your attention. Forbes, the business magazine dedicated to all things finance, marketing, and investment, has caught wind of the ever-growing music movement and has put out a list of the industry’s most profitable DJs in an article entitled The World’s Highest Paid DJs. The article focuses on the fact that EDM has become the musical-cultural movement of the moment. Much like rock n’ roll and hip-hop before it, EDM is big business, and it has become so popular that it has been incorporated into mainstream music like never before.
The Swedes Say Goodbye
Saturday, June 23 was a dark day for electronic music lovers. After four years of masterfully-crafted progressive electro-house hits, Swedish House Mafia announced that their unrivaled musical collaboration would come to an end.
I sat collapsed on my bed, wrapped in my blanket, surrounded by tear-soaked tissues and wondered if this was how my parents felt when John Lennon ditched The Beatles for Yoko Ono.
You can call it a stretch to compare the trio of Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello to the greatest rock and roll band of all time, but I wont budge on this one. Maybe The Beatles outproduced and outplayed SHM by decades, but the Swedes surely matched the Brits when it came to vibrant originality, worldwide domination and most importantly genre-defining sounds.
It’s a sad day for electronic music lovers. Following four years of masterfully-crafted progressive house hits, Swedish House Mafia is calling it quits.
When it comes to electronic collaborations, Swedish House Mafia was untouchably king. The trio of Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello performed their big-room progressive house tracks around the world since 2008, headlining a plethora of festivals including their own Miami massive “Masquerade Motel.” From Miami to Ibiza, the talented trio’s epic anthems can be heard cross-continentally on any given night.