In a recent interview with New York Times, progressive house duo Axwell Ʌ Ingrosso discussed topics ranging from their tour life to stylistic origins, but perhaps made their boldest remarks in reference to their time in supergroup Swedish House Mafia and criticisms of their mainstream sound.
Swedish House Mafia, whose third member was Size Records Founder Steve Angello, set the mold for superstar DJ/producers on a global scale. When the group announced its breakup in 2013, they sent EDM fans into a fury.
"We didn't really commit to Swedish House Mafia so hard," Sebastian Ingrosso admitted. "We did a big thing, but it was loose." He attributes the project having gone stale so quickly due to the fact that they released only about a song a year, even though they remained popular.
Addressing criticisms that the group is "dumbing down its sound," the two went on to defend their style of mass appeal dance music. Axwell conceded, "Underground dance music - in the nicest way possible - it's amateur." Ingrosso added, "Obviously we don't expect a deep techno purist to appreciate our music. That's totally understandable."