What more is there left to say about Mr. Steven Angello Josefsson Fragogiannis? The man is a living legend. As a solo producer, he’s responsible for some of the most iconic tracks of our time. As a label executive, he’s put together arguably the most formidable roster in all of progressive. Along with Swedish chums Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso, he forms the Holy Trinity of House, a supergroup so ridiculously popular that it sold out Madison Square Garden in minutes.
None of those accomplishments came from luck. Angello is one of those rare individuals who possesses both awesome talent and remarkable business acumen. If you’ve watched the Swedish House Mafia documentary Take One, you know he’s compulsive about his career, and driven by his relentless attention to detail.
But when you’re in the crowd and Steve Angello’s behind the decks, none of those things seem to matter. The man oozes charisma, and when he raises his arms in his trademark salute, index and pinkie fingers pointing to the sky, you can’t help but have a good time. Click past the break for the five tracks you need to know from his headlining performance at Escape from Wonderland’s Size Matters arena.
1. Autoerotique – Turn Up the Volume
You’ve definitely heard this track before, but that shouldn’t detract from its undeniable greatness. In our lexicon, the term ‘big room’ applies to those songs that sound infinitely better when they’re thumping through obscenely large sound systems. “Turn Up the Volume” belongs in this category.
2. Zedd – Shave It (Tommy Trash Remix)
It’s no secret that we have a huge man crush on Tommy Trash. But here’s what you don’t know. Tommy is one of the warmest, most likable people you’ll ever meet. We bumped into him during John Dahlback’s set at Supperclub in LA, and we were struck by his humility and obvious love for dance music. The benevolent Australian is one of electro’s rising stars, and we wish him nothing but the best.
3. Axwell vs R.E.M. vs Ferry Corsten – Heart is King vs Losing My Religion vs Punk (Axwell Bootleg)
This unbelievable bootleg came during a frenetic section in which Steve also played “Be,” “Knas,” “Calling,” “Otherside” (Third Party Remix) and “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” (Swedish House Mafia Remix). Yup, you read that right.
4. Green Velvet & Nicky Romero vs Axwell vs Calvin Harris – Flash v In the Air vs Flashback to Awooga (Axwell Bootleg)
The art of DJing requires skill, patience, and timing. The best DJs combine songs that we already know and love to create something new that we’ve never heard before. This remarkable bootleg features some of the best tracks to ever grace our ears. We heard “Flashback to Awooga” for the first time when Tiesto dropped it during his set at EDC Vegas. It was one of the highlights of our burgeoning young lives. Axwell’s “In the Air” is one of the tracks that established Swedish House Mafia as a global juggernaut. Nicky Romero’s remix of Green Velvet’s “Flash” features arguably the biggest drop out there right now. Thank you, Steve Angello, for playing this.
5. Avicii vs. Mark Knight & Florence And The Machine – Fade Into Darkness vs. You’ve Got The Love (Alesso Bootleg)
We were lucky enough to catch Mark Knight’s set at Insomniac’s Nocturnal Wonderland. After two hours with the Toolroom boss, we walked away with this conclusion: Mark Knight is not an ordinary man. He is a golden god sent from the heavens to please us mere mortals with his glorious brand of tech house. Oh, and Avicii isn’t bad either.
- Swedish House Mafia – Save the World (Knife Party Remix)
- Rye Rye feat. Robyn – Never Be Mine (Fedde Le Grand Remix)
- Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside (Third Party Remix)
- Thomas Gold – Marsch Marsch
- Pendulum – The Island (Steve Angello & AN21 & Max Vangeli Remix)
- Nari & Milani – Kendo (Steve Angello Size Matters Edit)