April 7, 2013
Posted by: OhMyGodItsKat
Swedish House Mafia was just a coincidence, really, that became so big. We thought, to challenge ourselves, we should change the direction suddenly.
Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Axel “Axwell” Hedfors began making music together while growing their individual careers, and officially began releasing music as Swedish House Mafia in 2008. SHM rapidly grew to fame with the release of “Leave the World Behind” with Laidback Luke, and since then have consistently sold out arenas and headlined an impressive array of the world’s top festivals. Directly before the announcement of their breakup, they were ranked among the world’s 30 richest DJs listed on Celebritynetworth.com—coming in at a net worth of over $4 million each.
In reality, Axwell, Angello and Ingrosso have released only 8 singles and two compilation albums as a team over the span of 7 years; 6 of these singles were released under the group name: Swedish House Mafia. The interesting thing about this seemingly slow rate at which music was being produced, is that every single release was so well received by the industry and the media that all of the songs became well-known club staples almost immediately. Two singles hit the number one spot on US dance charts, two singles received Grammy nominations, and each release hit silver, gold, and platinum in countries across Europe as well as across the world. What they are best known for is their top-notch performances. SHM has performed at countless venues spanning many countries across the world since their inception.
A performance highlight includes the historic Madison Square Garden performance in December of 2011 that sold out in less than 10 minutes to 20,000 people, marking Swedish House Mafia as the first electronic artists to ever perform at the venue. The show was so in-demand that the group actually tried to manipulate the stage to accommodate more room for partygoers and an official message was released to fans wanting tickets that stated their plans and noted: “Do NOT buy from secondary ticket-sellers. Assholes.”
On June 24, 2012, after a handful of press scandals involving deaths at concerts and feuds with Paris Hilton, a well-cut documentary that captured the making of the hit “Leave the World Behind” to the creation of “One,” and countless trips around the world: SHM announced their final tour. The announcement was posted on swedishhousemafia.com:
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.
- Swedish House Mafia