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Axwell at Melbourne, 2007.
Background information
Birth name Axel Christofer Hedfors
Born (1977-12-18) 18 December 1977 (age 37)
Origin Lund, Sweden
Genres House, Progressive house, electro house, funky house
Occupation(s) DJ, record producer, remixer
Instruments Music sequencer, synthesizers, drum machine
Years active 1995–present
Labels Axtone (2005–present)
Data / Ministry of Sound (2006–present)
Def Jam (2014–present)
Soulfuric (2002–2005)
Associated acts Swedish House Mafia, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Eric Prydz, Errol Reid, Tara McDonald, Steve Edwards, Max'C, Dirty South, Bob Sinclar, Departures, Axwell Λ Ingrosso

Axel Christofer Hedfors (born 18 December 1977), better known under his stage name Axwell, is a Swedish DJ, remixer, record producer and record label owner. He is one third of what once was the Swedish House Mafia along with Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello. In 2013 he was placed 19th on the DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ Poll.[1]


Early life[edit]

Axwell's interest in music appeared at an early age, having taught himself to play the drums by age nine. Four years later, the 13 year old exchanged his drums for a computer so he could create each element of his music independently.[2] Axwell released limited copies of a techno/hard trance EP on vinyl under the name OXL in 1995.[3] During the mid-90s, he was also active in the tracking music scene under the moniker Quazar.[4]


By late 2004, Axwell released "Feel the Vibe", which was re-released through Ministry of Sound in 2005 with new lead vocals from Tara McDonald who also wrote the song as "Feel the Vibe ('Til The Morning Comes)". McDonald's voice and writing helped secure the track as a radio winner and this track became one of the biggest cross over dance records of 2005. It was a breakthrough record for both Axwell & Tara McDonald. It peaked at #1 in UK Dance Singles Chart and #16 in the UK Singles Chart.[5]

Also leading the way has been Mambana, his collaboration with Isabel Fructuoso (of Afro Medusa fame).[6] Signed to Soulfuric Recordings, they have released three tracks since 2002. "No Reason" was their debut single, which hit the top spot in all the Hype/Buzz charts that Summer and was featured in the sets of all the top DJs including Little Louie Vega, Danny Rampling and Ben Watt. The follow ups were "Felicidad" and "Libre". "Libre" was released in 2003 and was arguably bigger than its predecessor. "Libre" was licensed to more than 12 different territories and featured on compilations that sold in excess of half a million copies.

Axwell has also been responsible for Jetlag's "So Right", which came out in September 2002 on Soulfuric, featuring the vocals of Noel McKoy and co-produced with Brian Tappert. In late 2002 Axwell went back to his roots and produced a track under his own name - "Lead Guitar" which was released by fellow Swede Stonebridge on his Stoney Boy imprint.

2003 saw Axwell recording for London based label suSU (the UK home of Masters at Work) under the guise of Starbeach. The track was called "Get Naked" & featured the vocal talents of D'Empress (from Mutiny). This was followed up by his version of Evelyn Thomas' classic "High Energy". In the autumn of 2003 Axwell's "Wait a Minute", featuring the vocals of Nevada, was released on Soulfuric's sub-label Device. This song was a club smash that gained support from the likes of Pete Tong, Junior Jack, Kid Creme.

In between all this, Axwell has been producing remixes for other artists - recent mixes have included Usher's "Burn" (BMG), Room 5's "Make Luv" (Positiva), Clipse & Faith Evans "Ma, I Don’t Love Her" (RCA), Stonebridge's "Put 'em High" (Hed Kandi), N*E*R*D's single "Maybe" (Virgin), and more recently Hard-Fi's "Hard to Beat", Deep Dish's "Dreams", Pharrell's "Angel", Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous" and Madonna's "Jump".

In addition to a re-release of "Feel the Vibe" on Ministry of Sound, he has produced several club remixes, as well as his own productions, including "Get Over Here" by Rasmus Faber, "2 Million Ways" by C-Mos, "Turn On the Music" by Roger Sanchez, as well as his collaboration with Sebastian Ingrosso on Ernesto vs Bastian's "Dark Side of the Moon". Alongside his original productions, he collaborated with the Swedish producer Ingrosso on "Together". Axwell's most successful release of 2005 was "Watch the Sunrise", with Steve Edwards on vocals (famous for Cassius' "The Sound of Violence"). The track reached #3 in UK Dance Singles Chart and BBC Radio 1 Dance Chart. In between Axwell's productions he also found time to create Axtone, his own record label.

In the spring of 2006, Axwell and Steve Angello, under the Supermode alias, remixed Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy", producing "Tell Me Why". It was released under the Data label. Later, he teamed up with Eric Prydz and produced the tracks 123 and 321 releasing them under the alias Axer.

That same year, Axwell branched into a New York house sound with his mix of "Counting Down the Days", a song by Sunfreakz. Axwell ignored the vocals (sung by Andrea Britton) for his mix, which was a blend of cutting progressive-house sounds and ethereal keyboards. The Israeli DJ Offer Nissim featured the mix prominently during his set at the March 2007 closing party for Manhattan's Roxy.

In August 2007, Axwell teamed up with performer Max'C to create the track "I Found U", which made it to #6 in the UK Singles Chart.

On 12 August 2007, Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso played the Main Room at Cream Amnesia under the alias The Swedish House Mafia as part of Radio 1's Essential Mix Ibiza. The live set received rave reviews.

Axwell co-wrote and co-produced the song "Rain on Me" with Cyndi Lauper for her 2008 album Bring Ya to the Brink. In June 2008, he released a song which was originally produced as a remix for David Guetta's "Everytime We Touch". Somehow, Guetta rejected the remix so Axwell took the instrumental of the song, teamed up with Bob Sinclar who brought in vocalist Ron Carroll and together they created "What a Wonderful World". In August of the same year, Axwell collaborated with an Australian DJ and producer, Dirty South, and released "Open Your Heart". At the same time, he also remixed "Hometown Glory" by Adele. The remix was released in two versions, "Original mix" with more vocals and more club oriented "Remode".

In 2010, Axwell and Dirty South's remix of the song "Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap, received a nomination for the 53rd Grammy Awards in the category for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.

On 24 April 2012, Axwell's remix of "In My Mind" by Ivan Gough and Feenixpawl featuring Georgi Kay was released on Beatport, and then was nominated for the 55th Grammy Awards for the category of Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.

Following the Swedish House Mafia's farewell, Axwell and former SHM member Sebastian Ingrosso announced their new club night in Ibiza, called "Departures". They will appear at Ushuaia, Ibiza from June 19, with guests including Dirty South, Alesso, Tommy Trash, NO ID and Thomas Gold.

On 30 May 2013, Axwell's new single "Center of the Universe" (Remode) was released on Beatport. It reached number one on Beatport. His subsequent single, with Sick Individuals feat Taylr Renee, "I Am" was released on 16 September and also reached number 1. Remixes for "I Am" were released on 26 January 2014 through Axwell's own Axtone label. Remixing artists included Deorro, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Wolfpack, Boostedkids, Jacob Plant and Nu:Tone.



As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
BEL (Fl.)
BEL (Wa.)
"Feel the Vibe (Til the Morning Comes)"
(featuring Tara McDonald)
2005 53 58 38 62 16 Non-album singles
(with Sebastian Ingrosso)
"Watch the Sunrise"
(featuring Steve Edwards)
2006 89 70
"Tell Me Why"
(with Steve Angello as Supermode)
48 22 19 22 11 31 5 13
"I Found U"
(featuring Max'C)
2007 59 19 49 10 6
"Get Dumb"
(with Angello, Ingrosso and Laidback Luke)
"It's True"
(with Sebastian Ingrosso vs. Salem Al Fakir)
38 64
"What a Wonderful World"
(with Bob Sinclar featuring Ron Carroll)
2008 18 59 57 14 48 Born in 69
"Open Your Heart"
(with Dirty South featuring Rudy)
21 Non-album single
"Leave the World Behind"
(with Ingrosso, Angello and Laidback Luke featuring Deborah Cox)
2009 39 64 73 75 Until One
"Nothing but Love"
(featuring Errol Reid)
2010 39 85 91 Non-album singles
"Heart Is King" 2011 90
(with Sebastian Ingrosso)
2013 114
"Center of the Universe"
(with Magnus Carlson)
39 63 61 193
"I Am"
(with Sick Individuals featuring Taylr Renee)
"Can't Hold Us Down"
(with Sebastian Ingrosso as Axwell Λ Ingrosso)
2014 TBA
"Something New"
(with Sebastian Ingrosso as Axwell Λ Ingrosso)
20 63 53 43 56 74 22
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  • 2006: Madonna - "Jump"[17]
  • 2006: Moby & Mylène Farmer - "Slipping away (Crier la vie)"
  • 2006: C-Mos - "2 Million Ways" (Axwell Remix)
  • 2007: Faithless - "Music Matters"
  • 2007: Dirty South feat. Rudy - "Let It Go"
  • 2008: TV Rock feat. Rudy - "Been A Long Time" (Axwell Remode Mix)
  • 2008: Miss Melody, Abel Ramos - "Rotterdam City of Love" (Axwell Re-edit)
  • 2009: TV Rock feat. Rudy - "In the Air"
  • 2010: Nanchang Nancy, Prok & Fitch - "Walk with Me" (Axwell vs. Daddy's Groove Remix)
  • 2010: Adrian Lux - "Teenage Crime"
  • 2010: Adrian Lux - "Teenage Crime" (Axwell & Henrik B Remode)
  • 2011: Hard Rock Sofa & St. Brothers - "Blow Up" (Thomas Gold vs. Axwell Remix)
  • 2011: David Tort feat. Gosha - "One Look" (Axwell vs. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Remix)
  • 2011: Michael Calfan - "Resurrection" (Axwell's Recut Club Version)
  • 2012: Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay - "In My Mind"
  • 2013: Discopolis - "Falling" ("Committed To Sparkle Motion") (Axwell Radio Edit)
  • 2014: Mutiny UK & Steve Mac feat. Nate James - "Feel the Pressure" (Axwell & NEW_ID Remix)
  • 2014: Mutiny UK & Steve Mac feat. Nate James - "Feel the Pressure" (Axwell & NEW_ID WTP Mix)
  • 2014: Hook N Sling feat. Karin Park - "Tokyo By Night" (Axwell Remix)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
2011 "Sweet Disposition" (Axwell & Dirty South Remix) Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical Nominated
2012 "Save the World" (as Swedish House Mafia) Best Dance Recording Nominated
2013 "Don't You Worry Child" (as Swedish House Mafia) Best Dance Recording Nominated
"In My Mind" (Axwell Remix) Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical Nominated

Beatport Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result
2008 N/A Best House Artist Won
"Let It Go" (Axwell Remix) Best Remix Won
2009 N/A Best House Artist Won
2010 N/A Best House Artist Won
2011 "One" (as Swedish House Mafia) Best Progressive House Track
Community Choice: Track Of The Year

See also[edit]


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  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 34. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ "Axwell Bio, News, Music & Shows". Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Axwell discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Axwell discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Axwell discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Axwell discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Axwell discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Axwell discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Axwell discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Axwell discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Axwell discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Axwell discography". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "10 Things You Didn't Know About Axwell". Turn Up The Bass. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 

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