Steve Angello is coming down to the wire with his forthcoming studio album, claiming to be close to the finish line with “just a couple of more weeks to tweak.” Previously opening up about Wild Youth to Dancing Astronaut, Steve has revealed that his new identity will soon emerge, harnessed by the use of live instruments and collaborations with musicians.
In a recent interview with MTV, Steve confirms that he just got back to “letting loose on creativity,” and that “it’s really important for dance music today to become creative again.” Describing an artist album that would offer a new Steve Angello with a taste of the old, Wild Youth came “straight from the heart.”
I wanted to get back to just letting loose and just having fun, not think within the box. Just kind of lose it when it came to It’s really important for dance music today to become creative again and really think, not just repeat yourself like a lot of producers do. Creatively it’s given me a lot of fuel — I feel like a kid again. I’m doing something that came straight from the heart.
It’s nearing 8pm, the sun is setting on the Fontainebleau just like any other warm, spring Thursday evening in South Beach. Steve Angello steps out of Arkadia’s poolside entrance, hurries to a nearby cabana, and responds with one rushed yet firm “I’m multitasking” to the few trying to earn his attention. He takes a seat and flips open his laptop simultaneously, wasting no time before jabbing at his keyboard. Blocking out the chatters of his team and the bass of Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano’s closing track that radiated from the Size Matters stage nearly fifty yards away, he puts finishing touches on a mix that he’d been preparing mere moments earlier. It’s his first time being outdoors in Miami, having spent the first three days of his stay locked in the studio, and his focus is radiating as if he never left.
This isn’t the Steve Angello of old, and the few added inches to his hair isn’t the difference maker. He’s six months without a drink, sober and clear minded, and the looming final show of Swedish House Mafia is only one of the major enterprises on the Size head honcho’s agenda. Amongst his plate of tasks, accomplishments, and family matters, the ten year anniversary of his record label is approaching, and Steve takes the time to reflect on the past decade, reveal the inner-workings of his current projects, open up about fatherhood, and to glimpse into the future.
Steve Angello took to Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 broadcast to celebrate 10 years of success with friends old and new. Before jumping into the music, Steve spoke upon topics such as the final tour of Swedish House Mafia, the future of his solo career, and his upcoming album Wild Youth, which he revealed will be ready for March 2013.
Prepared with a trip down memory lane in the form of a minimix, ’10 Years of Me & My Friends,’ turns back the clock, reaching into the archives of the past decade for tracks with colleagues such as Eric Prydz, Laidback Luke, and of course, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso. Listen to what Mr. Angello had to say in an interview with Annie Mac and listen to his latest minimix — tracklist below the break.
Editors Note: Steve gives optimism to the upcoming winter season, claiming “dark brings disco.” We hope the Mescal Kid is right.