AN21 & MAX VANGELI
Thursday, November 17 at 9:00pm – November 18 at 2:00am
Location: TOUCH Lounge
751 View St.
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DJ OMRI & SAM HAGEN
The phrase ‘keeping it in the family’ is sometimes a double-edged sword. Sure, you get to work with siblings you love and trust – but what if they’re (whisper it) not very good? Thankfully, that couldn’t be further from the truth for young Swedish buck Antoine Josefsson AKA AN21, whose brother Steve Angello is one third of the mighty Swedish House Mafia. This super-talented young producer has been consuming music constantly since he was a child – although ironically, he wasn’t always a fan of the music he was surrounded by at home.
“It’s true that I grew up loving music,” he smiles. “But when I was young, I thought my brother’s music was crap! It wasn’t until I started growing up and got my first real gig at a club that I got my first taste of club culture.” But again, it wasn’t quite the experience he was hoping for. “I was expecting something really good since I’d seen so many scenes in movies – but that night was TERRIBLE! So bad that I got disappointed and said to myself that I would start my own club nights in Sweden!”
Given that Steve and Seb were his literal and spiritual music brothers- “Steve Angello is my brother and Ingrosso has always been like a brother to me since he was always at the house when we were growing up” – it’s no surprise that clubland would come calling – but it was another two years before Antoine would find his appetite for great music sated. “I played a bit everywhere and started building my reputation. Two years later I turned 18 and I got my own night once a month at one of the best clubs in Sweden; six months later I got to play at more nights at some other clubs and now I have my own nights on at the best clubs in Sweden.” Ask him which DJs have helped shape his sound and although he says it’s a tough question to answer, when pushed he says that he loves everyone from Joris Voorn and Carl Cox to Luciano, Steve Lawler, “my brother of course!” and Erick Morillo.
Music-wise, it won’t be long before every single one of those DJs is hammering his productions. He’s remixed music for major artists like Basement Jaxx (‘Raindrops’) and Tommy Sparks already but he also has an EP upcoming on his brother’s label Size. Because like his brother – and the DJs he loves – Antoine’s productions are all about great drops, great builds and bags of energy. House music with melody and emotion. Hear his productions LOUD and you’ll realize that his songs “… always have a lot of things happening. And yes, I LOVE BIG DROPS!”
These records have not gone unnoticed either: the two tracks with Steve that are going to get released on Size Records – Steve Angello & AN21 – ‘Flonko’ and Steve Angello & AN21 – ‘Valodj’ – have already garnered massive support, and not just with the Mafia. ‘Flonko’ (which, aside from an excellent orchestral flourish as a hook is an assured big room house instrumental with drums, depth and drops to die for) has been played on Radio 1 by Pete Tong several times and was also a Essential New Tune – while ‘Valodj’ (which has the same horn-fixated charm as ‘Trompeta’ by Sis) has also been given the Tong seal of approval – twice. It won’t be long before the rest of the dance nation catch up.
The other secret to Antoine is the way he plays. “I can tell you that I LOVE playing long sets,” he nods. “I play everything from deep, groovy house to sexy hot tech house, before switching up to big room house and then techno. But after that I always try to play the opposite of what people expect me to play, because when I start banging house music, the crowd goes nuts!”
“One of the most promising artists for 2011″ as described by MTV, Max Vangeli has grabbed the attention of Electronic Music fans worldwide. With an upcoming debut album featuring collaborations with heavyweights Steve Angello and the UK’s Example amongst others, this year is promising to be his biggest to date.
2010 was a pivotal year for Max Vangeli as he made his international debut, with multiple chart-topping remixes and extensive touring across the world, as well as being named one of the ‘Top 5 DJs to watch in 2011′ following the Top 100 DJ poll. He has played at some of the world’s top venues and festivals, such as Cocoon in Frankfurt, Mansion in Miami, Avalon in Los Angeles, Creamfields in the UK, and Mysteryland in Amsterdam.
His massive remix of Pendulum’s ‘The Island’ with Steve Angello and AN21 was named ‘Hottest track in the world’ by BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe and reached Number 3 in the global Beatport sales chart. This was not the first time Max’s productions shined on Radio One’s airwaves as his other tunes instantly became Pete Tong’s favorites, with 2010’s “Swedish Beauty” being named an “Essential New Tune”.
Max will debut the first single off his upcoming album, “People of the Night,” during this year’s Miami Music Week. Watch out for Max Vangeli in your city as he has an extensive world tour in the works.
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