‘I feel so much en­ergy when I am in In­dia’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - Entertainment - Pooja Sharma pooja.sharma@hin­dus­tan­times.com

DJ and mu­sic pro­ducer Axwell (far right) says he loves per­form­ing in In­dia. The for­mer mem­ber of the pop­u­lar Swedish pro­gres­sive house band, Swedish House Mafia, feels the crowds in In­dia have an “in­ten­sity and en­ergy” that make his shows spe­cial.

“I feel so much en­ergy when I am in In­dia. I was per­form­ing in Mum­bai, Delhi and Pune (late last year) at a mu­sic fes­ti­val. I feel the same in­ten­sity and en­ergy when I per­form at the shows [here in Mum­bai],” he says.

Axwell has been per­form­ing and com­pos­ing with his brother Se­bas­tian (right), un­der the moniker Axwell-In­grosso ever since Swedish House Mafia split.

The DJ also met pop­u­lar mu­si­cian trio ShankarEh­saan-Loy (in­set) while in In­dia. “I had the priv­i­lege of meet­ing with Shankar (Ma­hade­van), Eh­saan (Noorani) and Loy (Men­donsa) at their stu­dio. We had a great time play­ing each other’s mu­sic and dis­cussing ideas,” says Axwell, adding, “When I’m here [in In­dia] I like to ab­sorb all the sounds around me.”

Speak­ing about his mu­sic and how he goes about pro­duc­ing his songs, the DJ says he aims to com­pose mu­sic that ap­peals to him. “I make mu­sic that I like lis­ten­ing to. I spend most of my time lis­ten­ing to my own mu­sic in the car or on my cell phone. I try and make mu­sic that feels good. If I like it, I hope that oth­ers en­joy it too,” he says.

While many artistes feel per­form­ing live is a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence than work­ing in a stu­dio, Axwell finds both equally sat­is­fy­ing. “I en­joy mak­ing mu­sic, but I also en­joy per­form­ing on those songs for au­di­ences. It feels great when that makes them feel good,” he says. When asked about the chang­ing trends in elec­tronic dance mu­sic, Axwell says, “The fun­da­men­tals are the same, but its pop­u­lar­ity has in­creased. Peo­ple don’t look at dance mu­sic as a stand-alone genre any­more. It’s just pop­u­lar mu­sic, and that’s great.”

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