You won’t find Axwell resting on the laurels of a decade of unflinching influence in electronic music. The four-time Grammy nominee comes renowned for bringing a melodic flare to the house music world, one that has subsequently seen the Swedish icon evolve into a festival favourite and sought after production force with an arsenal of IDs under his belt. Balancing life as a solo heavyweight alongside activity as Axwell?Ingrosso, Axel Hedfors has never bowed to pressures of being the next big thing. Quality over quantity is the name of the game, and in 2016, business has never felt better. From such pivotal club tracks as ‘Feel The Vibe’ and ‘I Found U’ through to definitive dance anthem ‘Leave The World Behind,’ Axwell’s melodic stamp has been felt across some of electronic music's most crucial cultural leaps and bounds. Scoping addition al remix credits for acts as varied as Madonna, Faithless and Moby whilst a lso taking the reigns of production work for both Usher and Flo Rida, his is a legacy that has both defined and outgrown the club floor on numerous occasions. Stepping back into the ring for ‘Barricade,’ his first solo single since ‘Centre of the Universe,’ Axwell reminds the world that his personal musical output is a force that will never be taken off the table.
But the reign of Axwell has by no means been a solitary affair. As one half of Axwell?Ingrosso alongside long-time friend and collaborator Sebastian Ingrosso, the duo landed off of a definitive chapter of their collaborative careers with a clear vision for where their stake in the electronic landscape stood. Five critically acclaimed singles deep, the duo continues to take electronic music into huge musical remits, using the culmination of their signature studio energies to keep the genre suitable for the stadium crowds and beyond. From back-to-back Billboard chart success to landmark appearances at Governors Ball, Coachella and V Festival and a weekly summer residency at Ushuaia Ibiza, theirs has been a brand with unlimited universal potential and high profile activity on every corner of the globe. The power of the Axwell brand is by no means limited to one man. 2015 signalled the tenth anniversary of Axtone Records
– the personal imprint of Axwell now responsible for an armada of rising talent and some truly definitive moments in electronic music. As a brand, Axtone continues to hold fort across the globe, with branded stages and events scaling Miami, Tomorrowland, Amsterdam Dance Event among others. ‘To be able to be a label, release music and employ people in a time when the digital market made everyone scared feels special,’ admits Ax. ‘You can never take for granted the ability to be creative and make careers for people. That’s a very special privilege.’
At the outset of 2016, Axwell has aspirations to strike a powerful balance between his musical and personal aspirations. With more main stages, landmark releases, head-turning musical ventures and solo live ventures than ever before, the original Swedish master of melodic dance music remains in the business of breaking barricades, setting records and letting electronic music hold fort at every corner of the globe.