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Axwell

Axwell at Melbourne, 2007.
Background information
Birth name Axel Hedfors
Born 18 December 1977 (1977-12-18) (age 32)
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Deep house, Electro house, Funky house, Progressive house
Occupations DJ, remixer, record producer
Years active 2000–present
Labels Axtone (2005–present) Data Records (2006–present) Soulfuric Recordings (2002–2005)
also released through Ministry of Sound
Associated acts Supermode, Axer, Swedish House Mafia
Website www.axwell.co.uk

Axwell (born as Axel Hedfors, 18 December 1977) is a Swedish DJ, remixer, record producer and record label owner from Stockholm, Sweden. On October 28, 2009, DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, Axwell placed at #14, up 6 from the previous year.[1]

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Biography

In late 2004 Axwell released another global hit, "Feel The Vibe", which was re-released under Ministry of Sound in 2005 with added vocals from Tara McDonald as "Feel The Vibe ('Til The Morning Comes)."

Also leading the way has been Mambana, his collaboration with Isabel Fructuoso (of Afro Medusa fame). Signed to Soulfuric Recordings, they have released three tracks since 2002. "No Reason" was their debut single, which hit the top spot in all the Hype/Buzz charts that Summer and was featured in the sets of all the top DJs including Little Louie Vega, Danny Rampling and Ben Watt. The follow ups were "Felicidad" and "Libre". "Libre" was released in 2003 and was arguably bigger than its predecessor. "Libre" was licensed to more than 12 different territories and featured on compilations that sold in excess of half a million copies.

Axwell has also been responsible for Jetlag's "So Right", which came out in September 2002 on Soulfuric, featuring the vocals of Noel McKoy and co-produced with Brian Tappert. In late 2002 Axwell went back to his roots and produced a track under his own name - "Lead Guitar" which was released by fellow Swede Stonebridge on his Stoney Boy imprint.

2003 saw Axwell recording for London based label suSU (the UK home of Masters At Work) under the guise of Starbeach. The track was called "Get Naked" & featured the vocal talents of D'Empress (from Mutiny). This was followed up by his version of Evelyn Thomas' classic "High Energy". In the autumn of 2003 Axwell's "Wait A Minute", featuring the vocals of Nevada, was released on Soulfuric's sub-label Device. This song was a club smash that gained support from the likes of Pete Tong, Junior Jack, Kid Creme and David Guetta.

In between all this, Axwell has been producing remixes for other artists - recent mixes have included Usher's "Burn" (BMG), Room 5's "Make Luv" (Positiva), Clipse & Faith Evans "Ma, I Don’t Love Her" (RCA), Stonebridge's "Put 'Em High" (Hed Kandi), N*E*R*D's single "Maybe" (Virgin), and more recently Hard-Fi's "Hard To Beat", Deep Dish's "Dreams", Pharrell' "Angel", Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous" and Madonna's "Jump".

In addition to a re-release of "Feel The Vibe" on Ministry Of Sound, he has produced several club remixes, as well as his own productions, including "Get Over Here" by Rasmus Faber, "2 Million Ways" by C-Mos, "Turn On The Music" by Roger Sanchez, as well as his collaboration with Sebastian Ingrosso on Ernesto vs Bastian's "Dark Side Of The Moon". Alongside his original productions, he collaborated with the Swedish producer Ingrosso on "Together". Axwell's most successful release of 2005 was "Watch The Sunrise", with Steve Edwards on vocals (famous for Cassius' "The Sound Of Violence"). The track reached #3 in UK Dance Singles Chart and BBC Radio 1 Dance Chart. In between Axwell's productions he also found time to create Axtone, his own record label.

In the spring of 2006, Axwell and Steve Angello, under the Supermode alias, remixed Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy", producing "Tell Me Why". It was released under the Data label. Later, he teamed up with Eric Prydz and produced the tracks 123 and 321 releasing them under the alias Axer.

That same year, Axwell branched into a New York house sound with his mix of "Counting Down the Days," a dance pop song by Sunfreakz. Axwell ignored the vocals (sung by Andrea Britton) for his mix, which was a blend of cutting progressive-house sounds and ethereal keyboards. The Israeli DJ Offer Nissim featured the mix prominently during his set at the March 2007 closing party for Manhattan's Roxy.

In August 2007, Axwell teamed up with performer Max'C to create the track "I Found U", which made it to #6 in the UK Singles Chart.

On 12 August 2007, Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso played the Main Room at Cream Amnesia under the alias The Swedish House Mafia as part of Radio 1's Essential Mix Ibiza. The live set received rave reviews.

Axwell co-wrote and co-produced the song "Rain on Me" with Cyndi Lauper for her 2008 album Bring Ya to the Brink.

In June 2008, he released a song which was originally produced as a remix for David Guetta's "Everytime We Touch". Somehow, Guetta rejected the remix so Axwell took the instrumental of the song, teamed up with Bob Sinclar who brought in vocalist Ron Carroll and together they created "What A Wonderful World".

Only a month later, Axwell released another song, this time in collaboration with a dj and producer from down under, Dirty South (DJ). The co-production was called "Open Your Heart".

At the same time, he also remixed "Hometown Glory" by Adele. The remix was released in two versions, "original mix" with more vocals and more club oriented "Remode".

Discography

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Singles

Official Remixes

  • 2010: Prok & Fitch ft. Nanchang Nancy - Walk With Me (With Daddy's Groove
  • 2009: The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
  • 2009: TV Rock ft. Rudy - In the Air (Ft Rudy)
  • 2008: Abel Ramos & Miss Melody - Rotterdam City Of Love
  • 2008: Adele - Hometown Glory
  • 2008: TV Rock - Been A Long Time (Ft Rudy)
  • 2008: Hard Fi - I Shall Overcome
  • 2007: Dirty South - Let It Go
  • 2007: Faithless - Music Matters
  • 2007: Bob Sinclar - Feel For You
  • 2006: Sunfreakz - Counting Down The Days
  • 2006: Madonna - Jump
  • 2006: Moby and Mylene Farmer - Slipping Away (Crier La Vie)
  • 2006: Nelly Furtado - Promiscuous
  • 2006: Lorraine - Transatlantic Flight
  • 2006: Bob Sinclar - World, Hold On
  • 2005: Pharrell - Angel
  • 2005: Deep Dish ft Stevie Nicks - Dreams
  • 2005: Ernesto Vs Bastian - Dark Side Of The Moon (with Sebastian Ingrosso)
  • 2005: Hard Fi - Hard To Beat
  • 2005: Roger Sanchez - Turn On The Music
  • 2005: Jerry Ropero & Dennis The Menace - Coração
  • 2005: C-Mos - 2 Million Ways
  • 2005: Average White Band - Let's Go Round Again
  • 2005: Rasmus Faber - Get Over Here
  • 2004: DJ Flex - Love 4 U
  • 2004: Usher - Burn
  • 2004: Mia Taylor - Shine
  • 2003: Eric Prydz - Slammin
  • 2003: Souledz - You Can't Hide Your Love
  • 2003: The Attic - Destiny
  • 2003: Clipse Ft Faith Evans - Mah I Don't Love Her
  • 2002: Room 5 - Make Luv
  • 2002: Soulsearcher - Feelin Love
  • 2002: Afro Angel - Join Me Brother
  • 2002: Deli pres. Demetreus - BetterLove
  • 2002: Robbie Rivera - Burning
  • 2002: Mendez - No Criminal
  • 2002: Playmaker - BlackPony
  • 2002: L'Stelle - Let It Go
  • 2002: Michelle Wilson - Love Connection
  • 2002: Mendez - Adrenaline
  • 2002: Enamor - I Believe
  • 2001: MixMaster & Axwell - Summerbreeze
  • 2001: Waako - I Get Lifted
  • 2001: OceanSpirit - BourbonStreet
  • 2001: Mendez - Blanca!
  • 2001: MowRee - Luv Is Not To Win
  • 2001: LoveSelective - El Bimbo Latino
  • 2001: Murcielago - Los Americanos
  • 2001: MixMaster - Latin Session
  • 2001: Sahlene - House
  • 2001: EasyStreet feat. Nevada - Be With You
  • 2001: Bikini - Nite&Day
  • 2001: Cape - L.O.V.E
  • 2000: Lutricia McNeal - Sodapop
  • 2000: Stonebridge feat. Dayeene - I Like
  • 2000: Antiloop - Only U
  • 2000: Tin Pan Alley - My Love Has Got A Gun
  • 2000: Da Buzz - Let Me Love You
  • 2000: Juni Juliet - Back In My Arms
  • 2000: Elena Valente - Love Is
  • 2000: Domenicer - Dolce Marmellata

Aliases

Swedish House Mafia

all are collaborations with Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso
  • 2009 "Leave the world behind" (Swedish House Mafia and Laidback Luke ft. Deborah Cox)

Mambana

all are collaborations with Isabel Fructuoso
  • 2001 "No Reason"
  • 2003 "Libre"
  • 2004 "Felicidad"
  • 2004 "Libre 2005 - The Remixes"
  • 2005 "Felicidad 2005 - The Remixes"

Quazar

all songs released as Quazar / Sanxion is available as free public domain downloads from ftp.modland.com
  • 1995 "Stars on Earth"
  • 1995 "When we Rise"
  • 1996 "At the Morgue"
  • 1996 "Hybrid Song (Funky Stars)" (This Song was used by Swedish Software cracking group Hybrid in their Crackintro for the videogame "Worms")
  • 1997 "Dubbeldist"
  • 1997 "Pure Instinct"

OXL

  • 1995 "Tranquility"
  • 1996 "Output"
  • 1997 "Pulze"
  • 2001 Pump

Other aliases

  • 2001 "High Priestess" remix (by Tropical Deep), as Soulplayaz
  • 2002 "What Would You Do / You Set Me Free", as Soulplayaz
  • 2005 "I Get Lifted", as Soulplayaz
  • 2002 "So Right", as Jetlag (with Patrick's Imagination)
  • 2003 "Heart of Mine", as Mahogany People
  • 2003 "Get Naked", as Starbeach
  • 2006 "Tell Me Why", as Supermode (with Steve Angello) (#13 UK, #5 Netherlands)
  • 2006 "123 / 321", as Axer (with Eric Prydz)
Preceded by
n/a
Beatport Music Awards: Best House Artist
2008
Succeeded by
n/a
Preceded by
n/a
Beatport Music Awards: Best Remix - Dirty South - Let It Go (Axwell Remix)
2008
Succeeded by
n/a

See also

References

  1. ^ "DJ Mag's Top 100 DJ's". DJ Magazine. http://www.djmag.com/top100. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 

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