Steve Angello recently spoke with Mixmag about his desire to get back into the underground scene. This is clearly a goal for Angello, as we included him in our recent editorial about EDM going back to how it used to be.
He told Mixmag, “I really miss the club scene. I miss the culture. Everything has become so festival-driven now. It’s fucking retarded. You’re seeing all this new talent coming through but no one has to go through the club scene."
"It irritates me. I grew up a DJ and a club head, and I used to come over [to the UK] with Eric Prydz like 15 years ago," added Angello. "And I used to play all these little rooms in Brighton, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and it was such a great club scene for me to come up in because you learn so much, but I feel like that’s all been forgotten. Nobody is paying their dues in the clubs."
Angello is unhappy about the recent boom in music festivals. “In America they’re trying to get licenses for 600 dance festivals next year. I just saw the papers the other week, and I was shocked," revealed Angello. "It’s fucking horrendous. The things that people are planning to do next year might destroy the whole scene in America.”
He's trying to make sure his SIZE label doesn't follow the music festival trend. He stated, “I’m trying to push the artists on my label to become more club-orientated. Some of them think I’m evil! We have an artist right now that’s getting really big and is being offered lots of festivals and I said ‘Listen, your next tour is a club tour’ and he was like ‘Fuck that I don’t want to do a club tour’ and I was like ‘You've got to. We’ll do it small. 150 people, great soundsystem, no LEDs, just back to basics.’ Now he’s actually getting more excited about because it’s something different!”
It'll be very interesting to see how Angello evolves over the next year.