Unfortunately for them, Swedish House Mafia will always be remembered for their tragic concert at Phoenix Park, Dublin on July 7, 2012. During that concert, nine people, all in their teens and early twenties, were stabbed. One of those victims was stabbed five times while his girlfriend watched, helpless and terrified. Another two men, ages 20 and 21, died from drug overdoses.
Swedish House Mafia had nothing to do with the horrific events and only learned of them after they left the stage. The salacious events distracted from an amazing performance and a crowd that was otherwise peaceful. Seven months later, Swedish House Mafia hosted a black tie rave at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. All proceeds went to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief. Of course, most people associate the band with the tragedy of Phoenix Park and not with the philanthropy of their benefit concert.
Swedish House Mafia is comprised of Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso (Angello and Ingrosso are childhood friends). All three are acclaimed deejays and producers making Swedish House Mafia an EDM supergroup. In 2012, DJ Magazine placed Swedish House Mafia at #12 on their list of the world’s top 100 Deejays.
SHM released their first album, Until One, on Oct. 22, 2010. It peaked at #13 in their native Sweden and #139 in the United States. Their sophomore effort, Until Now, dropped almost exactly two years later on Oct. 19, 2012. This opus did far better than its predecessor peaking at #3 in Sweden and #14 in the U.S. The band’s most successful single (to date) is their 2012 collaboration with John Martin, “Don’t You Worry Child.” It peaked at number six in America and captured a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording.
To learn more about Swedish House Mafia, check out their 2010 DVD documentary Take One. The movie was directed by Christian Larson and culled from two years of footage.