Steve Angello Talks New 'Wild Youth' Album, EDM's Mainstream Influence
Steve Angello is prepping his first solo album in more than a decade and got the word out as one of the headliners of Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2015. Despite being one of the biggest acts at the New Orleans festival, the former Swedish House Mafia man tells Fuse he's more focused on being creative than a chart-topper.
"Making this album has just been about forgetting everything and being like, 'You know what? I'm going to write something that means something, and it's going to have a story and if it won't chart, it won't chart,'" he says of Wild Youth, due on January 22, 2016. "But that's not the purpose of it either. For me, it's about being innovative, coming up with solutions and cool ideas, and being creative."
And as someone who's been DJing since age 12, Angello watched the genre permeate the mainstream which he says gives him the means to grow as an artist:
"First and foremost, it's about music. Dance music means so much more than that short hype that it's had in the recent years. I've done this almost 20 years now so, for me, it's about expressing musically and being something I've wanted to be my whole life. I want to be an artist, I don't want to be put in a folder of 'Hey, you're this DJ guy. Stick to that.'"
Watch the full interview above for how Angello prepared for the NOLA crowd, then play his just-released new single "Remember" below. Check out all of Fuse's on-the-ground coverage from Voodoo 2015 right here.