You can throw Axwell into the group of producers who didn’t feel Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories upon first listen. Sit him next to Diplo. In this Huffington Post feature, Axwell blamed it on the hype: “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. 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. Now it’s one of my favorite albums that I put on, especially when I’m not listening to it actively, but just in the background. So, once again, they’ve proved their point to me.”
Hypebeast, we know about ya. Truth be told, that’s Axwell’s fault, and the fault of anyone else who thought that hype meant it was going to sound one way. If you rewatch “The Collaborators,” you won’t see them talking about Random Access Memories sounding any differently than what it sounded like… you just assumed incorrectly (and based on the “hype”) that it’d be some totally different project.
Axwell also spoke on how he saw the Swedish House Mafia‘s demise, chalking it up to Ingrosso and Axwell living in the same town, while Steve Angello is living in L.A. Simple, right? We’ll see. Who’s the biographer taking notes for the explosive SHM tell-all in a few years?