Post Swedish House Mafia Update: Axwell Tells Huffpo He Cringed At New Daft Punk


With the official lineup for TomorrowWorld announced today, all eyes turn to one of its main headliners Axwell who talked with the Huffington Post about his newfound career going solo.

Here are some of the best bits we got from the interview:

Staying Fresh In The Industry:
“For me, there are two ways with this type of music,” he said. “One is functional, which means you make music to get a certain reaction on the dance floor, and then there’s music music. And that can be whatever — it doesn’t have to even be electronic. You just need to have your foot in both of these worlds, because it can be a bit boring if people get stuck into just making functional music.”

“It’s definitely not just another gig, because it’s the first of its kind for me in that part of America,” Axwell said of the event. “It’s going to be interesting to see how the crowd will be, and that’s what I’m most excited about. As for what TomorrowWorld and their plans for America, I’m sure they have all their strategies, but for me, it’s more about the crowd.”

His Solo Career:
“So, as soon as you’ve done something, you have to move away from it, and then away from that, and away from that. That was kind of hard work, but it pushed us forward. But I don’t think that we were musically limited by Swedish House Mafia.”

Daft Punk’s New Album:
“Because of the immense build up with the YouTube series telling everyone that it is God’s gift to man, that kind of built up the inspirations quite a bit,” Axwell said. “And when I heard the album, I was like, ‘What?!’ I was cringing, and I couldn’t listen to it because I used to worship them. I was feeling sick. But then, when I got past the build up of the album and listened to it for what it was — not with all those marketing strategies in mind — without expectation, it started to get for me.”

His Future:
“Music was my only life — I didn’t have a family, I didn’t have a wife, a kid or money. Music was the only thing I did, 24/7, and the joy of playing my new music out was amazing. Then we started to make such big records with all the things around them, the musical output really went down, because we wanted every record to be so big. So now, I’m going back to just making music and not think of every song as such a big deal. In that way, I’m bringing back that joy again.”