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