During a notable interview with world-famous BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong at the International Music Summit in Ibiza, superstar DJ/producer Steve Angello made a series of statements criticizing the talent of present-day dance music artists. The Size Records founder and former member of defunct power trio Swedish House Mafia (SHM) spent most of the 40-minute interview discussing the group’s heyday three years ago, but when Tong steered the interview into more current territory, Angello expressed:
“I think that’s the problem today, you know I have Size and I’ve had it for eleven years now. This week I had over a thousand demos, but I’m not going to pick up one single song because there’s nothing there that is original. That’s scary to think about when you wake up tomorrow morning, who is going to be original?”
Following SHM’s split in 2012, group members Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso toured together as Axwell Λ Ingrosso in 2014. Many speculate that the exclusion of Angello was due to his lack of involvement in the group’s creative process during later stages; the other two artists made their frustration clear in the 2014 SHM documentary Leave the World Behind.