For Steve Angello, it’s time to tell stories through music

  • Ruchika Kher, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: May 23, 2016 20:25 IST
“Collaborations are instrumental for an artiste’s growth,” says Steve Angello.

Steve Angello was one-third of the popular electronic music group, Swedish House Mafia, before they disbanded last year. Since then, the renowned DJ and music producer has been focusing on his solo career.

In January, his debut album, Wild Youth, opened to rave reviews. Now, he says, he is only “concentrating on telling stories through music”. Ahead of his performance in the city, he tells us more about the state of EDM, the importance of musical collaborations, and more, over an email interview.

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Will Swedish House Mafia ever reunite?

We will have to see, if and when it happens. We haven’t discussed anything yet.

In the past, you havecollaborated with several famous musicians, including David Guetta and Tiesto. How important, according to you, are such collaborations for a musician?

Collaborations are instrumental for an artiste’s growth, and moreover, for dance music’s growth. Teaming up with a variety of singers and songwriters, and taking their inputs and creative advice, results in ground-breaking records.

Do you have any plans of collaborating with Indian artistes?

I haven’t had the opportunity to listen to any Indian artiste yet. But I am open to collaborations. I’m told that Anish Sood and Nikhil Khandari are set to perform at the same event I will be performing at. So, I will get to experience their style first-hand. Then, probably, if things fall into place, who knows we might even talk about collaborating.

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Are you satisfied with the way dance music has evolved in the past 10 years?

The change hasn’t been for the better for an industry that is infamous for making music out of a laptop. The job of an artiste is to educate his or her fans. There is so much blood and sweat that goes into arranging music. However, people fail to see that. It is mainly because most of the artistes today copy and repeat. And there’s a difference between drawing inspiration and blatant copying. The artistes out there need to start thinking creatively, and stop making music out of a mould.

Where do you think the genre should head from here?

Artistes and producers should collaborate. Meaningful music should replace the copied one. Artistes should aim for personal and creative success and satisfaction. Commercial success can take a backseat for a while. It’s time to tell stories. And it will go back to the basics. Dance pop will become just pop, and dance music will go back to what shaped it originally.

What can people expect from your upcoming India tour?

I urge all my fans to come prepared. It is going to be one big party. I am really excited about my solo tour to India. I’m thankful to Don’t Let Daddy Know India for giving me headway into India for my debut solo outing here.

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