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60 Seconds with... Axwell

We take a minute with the Swedish houser...

SWEDISH house producer Axwell's latest track, 'I Found U', out 13th August on Positiva, has been blowing up across the board on dancefloors and the radio, thanks to its old skool hardcore pianos and rolling breakbeat all fused to an electro-house backbone.

DJmag cornered him to get his take on rave, unusual gigs and house music in Sweden…

Your tune 'I Found U' has quite an old skool, hardcore feel. Are you inspired by the nu-rave explosion?

"It's a coincidence, I haven't really noticed the nu-rave explosion to be honest, I didn't really know about that. But I've always been into that sound, those XL Records artists, a fat breakbeat and a soul vocal."

A recent gig took you to the unstable country of Algeria. What kind of experience was that?

"It was interesting. They had some security issues over there. All the clubs are in hotels. Everybody that goes there has to go through airport security type shit, they search all the cars for bombs, all the people. I didn't even know that you could go to Algeria to play records! "The great thing about going to these places is that they're hungry for the music and they're really happy you're there - you feel really appreciated."

You've remixed a lot of big artists, like Madonna, Usher and Faithless. Who did you enjoy remixing the most?

"When it's a tune that's not necessarily house in the beginning, like the Hard-Fi thing I did. That was a rock/indie sort of thing and when I took it over to the house world, it worked. When different genres work together like that it's amazing."

What is the house music scene like in Sweden?

"It's great. A couple of years back it was only r&b in all the clubs, which was depressing for us. But then when we started to come through, get our names out into the world, people started to wake up back home in Sweden. "It's really interesting at the moment, people are throwing parties the whole time, house music is played everywhere - there's not an r&b club in sight!"

What's happening with your Axtone Records label?

"The next song I'm putting out is called 'It's True', that's with Sebastian Ingrosso and Salem Al Fakir, who's a multi-talented guy, he plays piano and guitar, everything. So we tried to bring it back to something a little more musical, but make it work on the dancefl oor. Plus, I signed Dirty South to my label."

What other gigs have you got coming up that you're looking forward to? "I have Pure Pacha with Pete Tong coming up, Fuck Me I'm Famous with David Guetta, the Radio 1 weekend… these are gigs I'm looking forward to for the Ibiza season. "There are a couple of other gigs that in are exciting, exotic, places I haven't been. I'm going to play in Mykonos and Corsica. I really enjoy going to nice places like that!"