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Position: 
14

Questions Top100 DJs 2009 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:26

Style: 
House
Best known for: 
Slaying the world with the Swedish House Mafia.
Tune of the year: 
Axwell/Ingrosso/Angello/Laidback Luke feat Deborah Cox 'Leave The World Behind' (Axtone)
Gig of 2009: 
Avalon in Los Angeles after the Winter Music Conference. It worked out exactly how I wanted.
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2009: 
Daddy's Groove
The track that changed your life: 
My track 'Feel The Vibe'. Nothing has been the same since.
What makes a good DJ great: 
Expertise and knowledge.
Most underrated DJ: 
Erick Morillo. I don't think people realise how long he's been at the top of his game.
Biggest challenge this year: 
Our Dark Forest nights in Ibiza - we were gigging every day in different parts of the world, but we had to make it to Ibiza every Monday.
Top tech toy: 
james@djmag.com

If Axwell (Axel Hedfors) has spent the last few years bubbling under and earning the props of his peers for a string of flawless productions, remixes and DJ sets, then 2009 was the year he properly exploded. Quite simply, 2009 has been the year of the Swedish House Mafia, the six-legged groove machine that comprises of Axwell and his buddies Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso. "2009 has been really good," Axwell reflects, before quickly adding: "The years just keep getting better and better. Every year is the best in terms of work, gigs and recognition." And if one tune can be said to have defined Axwell's annum, it's the aptly-titled 'Leave The World Behind' - an elephantine track that soundtracked every worthwhile party from Miami to Ibiza and beyond. Next year is looking pretty tasty too: currently in the studio working on tracks he hopes to "present" to the world in 2010, life is looking pretty good right now for the friendly 31-year-old. Apart from one thing. He's developed every DJ's bete noire; tinnitus. "It was bound to happen," he notes sanguinely. "But at the moment I can manage it. I'm obviously worried about my long-term hearing, but, for now, I'll live."

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