The Terrace Presents
People Of The Night
AN21 & Max Vangeli
Marcus Schossow & Sebjak
Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman
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 Sebastian 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!”
Daringto chase his musical ambitions all the way to America, the world is now thestage for the irreplaceable House stylings of Max Vangeli. Described by MTV as"One of the most promising artists for 2011", he has excelled allexpectations in his accession to the high end of his craft. Injecting anunmistakable energy into every avenue of his career, his forthcoming debutalbum alongside best friend AN21 featuring collaborations with Steve Angelloand Tiesto is enough to indicate that with so much momentum already behind him,there is little stopping this master of emotive House anthems.
WhereSan Francisco provided the canvas to which Max could cater his club-worthydreams, a host of chart-topping remixes and an extensive global tour for 2010were accompanied by the devout support of Pete Tong for ‘Gama’ as an ‘EssentialNew Tune’. Ending the year as one DJ Mag’s ‘Top 5 DJs to watch in 2011’, therecould not have been a more positive energy surrounding the eclectic producer.
Beit uplifting remodels of Ellie Goulding’s ‘Starry Eyed’ or the Zane Loweapproved remix of Pendulum’s ‘The Island’ alongside Size Records head honchoSteve Angello and label mate AN21, Max’s dexterity for finely tuned peak timeanthems has seen him become increasingly familiar with the Beatportcharts.
Witha worldwide hunger for his bold live endeavours, be it frequent slots at PachaIbiza for the Masquerade Motel alongside the Swedish House Mafia, spots atSensation White or his own solo exploits both in America and overseas, Max isan artist who has excelled in taking the energy of his music wherever he goes.
But2012 spells further wonder for this formative international House asset.Collecting a host of his closest friends for debut album ‘People of the Night’alongside familiar collaborator AN21, this heartfelt endeavour promises to be agame changing instalment in the young producer’s already flourishing career.Surrounded by an ever-glowing presence on the international club circuit andcrucial encounters at some of the most prestigious festivals on offer, Maxremains as relentlessly committed to perfecting his craft as ever.