Did Axwell & Ingrosso call underground music amateur?
Did Axwell & Ingrosso call underground music amateur, or was the statement merely taken out of context?
According to a recent New York Times interview Axwell & Ingrosso were reported as mentioning that underground music is amateur.
In the whole never ending undergound vs mainstream ‘battle’ this bit makes for a juicy bone to be picked at for those who still feel caught up in it.
Axwell has responded by saying that they were misinterpreted and that they were in fact referring to a sound of theirs from back in the day which some people might refer to as underground.
Here is a quote where he attempts to explain why calling underground music amateur, is something they didn’t actually mean to imply.
“We were merely answering the question—so what do you guys think of all the underground people bashing people like yourself for moving into the mainstream as opposed to our early music… which we answered from our standpoint—i.e. underground music if that’s what people label our early releases as—for us—was our amateur stage—amateur the way we translate it from English to Swedish means when we were trying things out, as a hobby, a lovely hobby, a happy time, after a while we started moving into mainstream more as our music came more successful—or perhaps the mainstream crowd got to our music—which I guess took it from the underground to mainstream. And we were clear to say that if people liked our music great, and if they didn’t, that ok. This was about our own releases, not other genres as a whole or other artists. We had nothing bad to say about anyone, this is a super happy time for us right now.”
And just so that you get to read the actual New York Times interview quote:
“As for accusations that the group is selling out by dumbing down its sound, Ingrosso defended mass appeal. ‘Underground dance music — in the nicest way possible — it’s amateur’.”
From any intellectual stand point, clearly calling all underground music amateur is misguided. It’s possible that the quote could have been strung together in such a way in order to add a little zest to an otherwise mediocre interview.