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Surely, after the successful explosion of DJ collective Swedish House Mafia in 2009 and solo achievements in 2010, Axel 'Axwell' Hedfors must have had a comedown in 2011? Guess again. “It's been crazy-good,” he says. “It's been like last year but better and bigger, more interesting and more great places!”
It's not hard to believe when you look at 2011's activities; SHM nailed another club smash with the epic 'Save The World', while Axwell enjoyed solo success with 'Heart Is King', as well as a string of releases on his Axtone label.
Also key to Hedfors' year was a packed live schedule, including parties at Ibiza's Ushuaia, hosted by Swedish House Mafia collectively and as solo artists. “It was an incredible experience - poolside, six thousand people, the way I thought Ibiza was when I first came here six years ago,” he says.
But what about future plans? “To chill the fuck out for a little bit after this crazy summer!”
Fair enough. He's earned it.