Steve Angello

Swedish House Mafia

Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Axwell, of the so-called Swedish House Mafia, rule the international dance music mainstream, so whatever they're doing, they're doing it right. They've clearly perfected the formula for commercial success in electronic music: industry connections, good looks, and formulaic radio-friendly musical output. Top "Mafia" players Angello and Ingrosso excel on all counts. There's no denying the guilty-pleasure, feel-good factor of their booming pop-house, and they certainly seem to tickle the ladies' fancy.

Greek-born DJ/producer Angello has become one of the most ubiquitous names in EDM since the mid-'00s. His big hits include a jacked-up remake of Robin S.'s über-soulful "Show Me Love," a track that exemplifies his glitzy disco-diva-vocalized big-room productions. Ingrosso, likewise, specializes in high-energy vocal house, with more progressive leanings, which in his case means sweeping buildups and breakdowns awash in reverb and delay — the kind of epic melodic ditties for which glowsticks and club lasers were invented. And surely Miami's Winter Music Conference would be nothing without glowsticks, lasers, and the uplifting, unpretentious club anthems that South Beach so adores.


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