With the tragic aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in sight, some artists are going above and beyond to do what they can to support the relief effort and restore life in the Philippines. Axwell plans to donate the proceeds of his November 21st performance in Manila to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which even inspired the promoters of the show to follow his lead.
In light of Axwell’s generosity, we revisit his 2005 classic “Watch The Sunrise” featuring singer Steve Edwards. This record’s success holds special significance, playing a role in the startup of Axtone Records. “Watch The Sunrise” has a distinct sound that anyone familiar with this tune can immediately identify within the first moment of playback. The rhythmic strumming of the genuine guitar chords accompanied by bright percussion elicits a vibe unlike anything today. Steve Edwards of course gets some credit by lending his warm voice and a memorable hook to the hit. Since this record’s release, Axwell has become one of the most recognizable names in house and dance music. The once one-third of Swedish House Mafia continues to use his talent and influence to support today’s aspiring artists as well as humanity in need.
Globally uniting people, music has become a powerful agent of aid, and thankfully it will once again be able to lend a helping hand; this time to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. In similar fashion to the Black Tie Rave Swedish House Mafia held in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in 2012, former mafioso Axwell is donating the proceeds of his November 21st performance in Manila to the victims of the terrible disaster. The promoters for the show have also agreed to donate the proceeds to disaster aid charities.
On January 25th and 26th, ESPN’s X Games will land in Aspen, Colorado for two days packed with intensive extreme sports competition. The event brings together the finest of international extreme sport talent to compete for the coveted X Games Gold Medal. In recent years, ESPN has shown further interest in embracing the events surrounding the actual competition, including the “X Games Music Presents” series. Founded just this year, the series has already featured performances by many familiar producers, including Major Lazer, Zedd, and Calvin Harris. For 2014, the sports network has called upon the indie pop talents of Matt & Kim and the alternative riffs of Pheonix to kick the musical event off on Saturday, while electronic favorites Tiësto and Axwell will bring the event to closure with Sunday performances at Wagner Park. Fans can purchase tickets for only $30 dollars, while VIP accommodations, such as food & beverage service and heated platform viewing, are available for $150. Find out more about the concert, which will benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research, at BellyUpAspen.
Axwell needs little introduction. And it doesn’t have to be said that Swedish House Mafia had yet to exist in 2007. Digging an Axwell set from 2007 out of the archives, sweet talk of “the good old days” in unnecessary — the music speaks for itself. This near 90-minute set live from Australia’s Summadayze festival in 2007 features progressive house when progressive house was still, well, progressive house. As far as the tracklist goes, even Axwell die-hards wouldn’t foresee such a selection from the Swede, which gives this live set a key component rarely found today: unpredictability.
If you’re a gifted choreographer, or you’re deemed the “artistic” friend of your group, you might like to know that Axwell, and collaborators Sick Individuals and Taylr Renee, are giving fans the chance to produce the official music video for their track you’ve been hearing everywhere “I Am.”
The deadline for submissions is November 24th, 2013, 23:59 GMT time. The winner will receive $5,000 in addition to having their music video praised worldwide, chosen by Axwell, Sick Individuals, Taylr and Genero themselves. A number of exceptional videos will also be nominated for the 2013 Genero Awards, and will have the chance of winning up to $50,000 in awards. For more information on this contest, click here.
Remixing a Beatport #1 can be a tricky business: Why mess with purchase-certified perfection? Luckily for the dance world, Poland’s Blinders took a risk and did just that, taking Axwell’s “Center of the Universe” from big to massive. The latest Axtone release maintains the heft of Magnus Carlsson’s vocals but pumps up the progressive sound. No stranger to amplifying anthems, the young producer trimmed down the piano and cranked up the synth, sending heart rates spinning in the process. Though Mateusz Owsiak may not yet be a household name, the now one-man Blinders show is showing that from Dirty South to DVBBS, Alesso to Axwell, he’s got the remix thing down – perhaps the dance community can now better appreciate his originals.
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Since releasing “Center of the Universe” to international acclaim, Axwell has been on a tear with genre dominating hits off his Axtone imprint. Returning with another homegrown production, his collaboration alongside Sick Individuals, the head honcho presents “I Am.” After being used as a festival circuit weapon for much of the summer, the mastered version hits Beatport as a track to marvel at. With the frenetic energy expected from Sick Individuals and the groovy flavor that Ax has recently stamped as his own, “I Am” comes as a top-tier anthemic production with a vocal from Taylr Renee that brings its melody full circle.
Axwell and his Axtone imprint have been offering dance music with a colossal streak through the latter half of 2013, the release of “Center of the Universe” being the potential catalyst. Next week, the label will offer a rare release from Kryder, who allows the aforementioned Axwell original to live through his production with groovy chord progressions while following suit in vein of Marcus Schossow’s “Reverie” via masterful percussion. Due out on September 2nd, Kryder’s “Aphrodite” will represent the culmination of progressive energy from Axtone as a bonafide anthem.
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