Some very sad and very surprising news has hit the Electronic Dance Music scene this weekend, and despite what was originally believed to be just speculation, it has been confirmed that the rumors were true – the Swedish House Mafia will be going on one more tour, and it will, unfortunately, be their last. Officially announced on Swedish House Mafia‘s web-site, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello have confirmed and shared their sad message:
“Today we want to share with you, that the tour we are about to go on will be our last. We want to thank every single one of you that came with us on this journey. We came, we raved, we loved.“
Although the Swedish House Mafia guys have been producing and playing live together since 2007 – and producing tracks individually earlier than that – it was really over the last few years that their careers exploded with their combined efforts as the EDM mega giant, and within that short time frame, they have gone on to perform some tremendous feats that no one else in the scene has: for example, selling out Madison Square Garden in New York City in less than 10 minutes, which really says enough. Tracks like Save The World have become anthems to not just EDM fans, but overall music fans, world-wide. Not to mention, instead of performing at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, the guys performed at their very own sold out festivals several times during Miami Music Week with Masquerade Motel, which has also been put on at other locations around the globe.
With the explosion of EDM in the US this past year – and words constantly being thrown around like “commercial” and “mainstream” when describing it – it has become a question on what happens next. There was much criticism recently with the news that Swedish House Mafia was producing a new Usher track, however, most producers as big as these guys have been doing the same thing for years, whether they announce it as their work or not. Despite the talk of SHM becoming “commercial” and the route many people believed the Swedish guys to be going, don’t let it take away from the talent they have been showing us from the beginning. Axwell’s I Found U, Steve’s Show Me Love, and Seb’s How Soon Is Now were all hits from 2007-2009 – and since then we have heard plenty more individual tracks, as well as timeless hits like Leave The World Behind. Of course, there are the anthems we know and love from the trio as Swedish House Mafia – One, Miami 2 Ibiza, the more recent Greyhound and Antidote, and of course, Save The World.
We can only speculate about what happens now, but with the success of their solo careers, this surely isn’t the end for our three Swedish friends – it’s just an end of the touring era (which may also mean something like more producing from each of them). With each member having their own major record label to their name – Axwell’s Axtone, Steve Angello’s Size Records, and Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune Records – with plenty of upcoming and already established talent under each label, we are sure to keep hearing more great music under the direction of these guys, and the music is what this is all really about. Their next single as Swedish House Mafia called Don’t You Worry Child is slated for release on July 16. Although this is surely going to be the emotional track the guys have teased us about several months ago – emotional, indeed, with the news of their tour – we are not worried about Swedish House Mafia; as they have always shown us nothing but love, we can expect from them now nothing but bigger and better things, and we know their music will keep living on.
Final tour dates will be announced in August, so stay tuned! Also, have a look at some of our favorite highlights of Swedish House Mafia’s extraordinary career below!
Milton Keynes Bowl, England – July 14, 2012
Ushuaia, Ibiza – July 4-August 29, 2012
Friends Arena, Sweden – November 24, 2012
Leaving The World Behind in Miami 2009
Axwell on the only SHM album Until One in 2010
Intro at Madison Square Garden 2011
Swedish House Mafia – Save The World