Steve Angello’s final response to “Fake DJ” accusations
Inthemix reports from EDMBiz conference in Las Vegas, that Swedish House Mafia’s member Steve Angello responded to accusations of playing a pre-recorded mix last year. Watch the video below showed Angello on-stage at Dance Valley in The Netherlands DJing without headphones.
“The thing is, I lost my hearing in my left ear two years ago,” Angello said. “I couldn’t hear for almost a month and thought I was going deaf. I’m always in airplanes working with my headphones on really loud. So I taught myself how to DJ without headphones. With today’s technology on Pioneer decks, you can see what the BPM of the next record is. If you know your records, you know how long it is to the first drop and where the outro is. It’s not a hard thing to do, but people always question things if they don’t know how it’s done.
“This kid filmed me at Dance Valley and said on YouTube, Steve Angello’s faking whole DJ sets without headphones. And then that catches on. What I did afterwards was go to D.C. is put two cameras either side of me and one above, and did a five-hour DJ set without headphones. You can see how I do all the mixes, all the BPMs. Listen, I wouldn’t be doing this if I was faking, cause I could’ve done shitloads of other stuff. I’ve done this since I was twelve, I know how to beatmatch.”