Former Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello has announced plans to step away from festivals.

“I really miss the club scene,” Angello told Mixmag. “I miss the culture. Everything has become so festival-driven now. It’s fucking retarded. You’re seeing all this new talent coming through but no one has to go through the club scene."

Referring to his early days on the club circuit, he's now pushing for the up and coming talent on his Size label to steer clear of the massive festivals dominating the American dance music landscape.

“I’m trying to push the artists on my label to become more club-orientated. Some of them think I’m evil! We have an artist right now that’s getting really big and is being offered lots of festivals and I said, ‘Listen, your next tour is a club tour’ and he was like, ‘Fuck that I don’t want to do a club tour.’ And I was like, ‘You've got to. We’ll do it small. 150 people, great soundsystem, no LEDs, just back to basics.’ Now he’s actually getting more excited about because it’s something different!”

Angello also commented on America's festival fever, saying over 600 festival licences were applied for there.

“I just saw the papers the other week, and I was shocked. It’s fucking horrendous. The things that people are planning to do next year might destroy the whole scene in America.”

Angello recently began a two-year residency at Las Vegas superclub SLS.

[Via Mixmag]

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