Henry Johnstone, Sydney - Australia - on 22/6/12
Sebastian Ingrosso of commercial dance outfit Swedish House Mafia showed his love for Paul McCartney whilst talking to Rolling Stone a few days ago, calling McCartney "the biggest musical legend today living on this planet". He then expressed a desire to one day collaborate with McCartney, before going on to make the rather outlandish claim of comparing music made by Swedish House Mafia to The Beatles.
"I think the Beatles made something that's kind of melancholic to sad and happy combined, and that's just amazing," Ingrosso said. "I kind of analyze music a lot, and I think that what the Beatles have done is what we do today. [It] doesn't matter that we do dance music."
Ingrosso also stepped up to defend himself and mates Steve Angello and Axwell against claims made by Deadmau5 against "button-pushing DJs" in an interview also with Rolling Stone, despite Joel Zimmerman never actually mentioning the Swedish House Mafia, but rather aiming his comments at David Guetta and Skrillex.
"That's interesting that [Deadmau5] said that, because that's exactly what he does – but we don't," Ingrosso told the magazine.
"We've have four CD players, six hands, so we're going in and out all the time, otherwise we would be bored and take our fuckin' lives. I have never seen behind Deadmau5's booth, so I can't really say anything about it. He's a great guy and awesome producer. But, buddy, if you want to start talking about people pressing buttons – just pushing 'play' – then that would be another thing."
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