Swedish House Mafia has announced via Twitter that their documentary – Leave the World Behind – will premiere at the Paramount Theatre on March 12 at 6 PM during the annual South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.
— Swedish House Mafia (@swedishousemfia) January 9, 2014
The film follows the trio – Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso – during their 2012/2013 worldwide farewell tour which sold over one million tickets in just under a week. Directed by Christian Larson, the film catalogs the electronic music producers and DJs as they circumnavigate the globe preparing for their final dissolution. Larson is no stranger to chronicling the music scene, having won a UK Music Video Award for his work with Sigur Ros while also earning a nomination for Best Video at the 2013 Swedish Grammy Awards. Larson has also worked with Kylie Minogue, Tinie Tempah, Wallpaper Magazine, and Absolut Vodka.
Throughout the narrative, the holy triumvirate of electronic music reveals the multiple variables that played a role in their final decision including their families, individual careers, and rockstar lifestyles.
Leading up to the tour Sebastian Ingrosso spoke with BBC Radio 1, alluding to reasons behind the demise of the group.
I mean it’s been hard, actually, to have two careers… We have individual careers and we all live in different places in the world… It’s like having two families. It’s hard.
The Road To Ultra Music Festival
The group officially formed in 2008, blowing up on their way to what some referred to as the face of mainstream progressive house and dance music before playing their final show at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida. The debut screening will comes just one year since the epic Ultra set, invoking a mixture of nostalgia, excitement, and sadness among dedicated fans.
The announcement of the separation came as a shock during the pinnacle of Swedish House Mafia’s career and arguably one of the most successful years of any EDM group, with their smash hit ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ peaking at number 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100. DJ Magazine also ranked the group at numbers 10 and 12, respectively, in their 2011 and 2012 Top 100 DJ polls.
The divorce received divided reviews within the EDM community. Many hardcore fans were excited, as they felt the group had submitted to mainstream. This would allow Angello, Axwell, and Ingrosso to return to their individual careers. On the other hand many were devasted that group with such a titanic impact on the electronic music world would never perform together again.
With the continued exponential growth of the electronic music industry, this film is surely not one to miss for any EDM fanatic.
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Swedish House Mafia Documentary Official Trailer
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