Steve Angello Talks About Hip Hop Past
In a recent interview with Cuepoint, the Greek-Swedish producer/DJ Steve Angello expounded on the part of the Swedish House Mafia documentary, Leave the World Behind, when Ingrosso talks about Angello’s hip hop days. Some fans may not know but Angello was scratching and touring at age 11!
“…the whole hip-hop thing came in really early, when we were around 8 or 9… I was listening to a lot of East Coast, New York hip-hop. Guys like Nas, Gang Starr, Mos Def, early Jay Z, Notorious B.I.G., that whole era.
Then I started to scratch perform at all of these competitions. I was touring the world when I was about 11 or 12. That was pretty much my start…
…We had local competitions in Sweden, obviously I was always the youngest… I won a couple of competitions when I was 12, 13, or 14 and went on to the bigger ones, but I was so young and the culture wasn’t that big…
…We had a massive vinyl community, some massive stores in Sweden. Then I started to work in a specialty shop a couple extra days a week and my pay was that I could take a couple vinyls a week. I would go there after school and just help them sort and do anything that they needed help with, just to get my records. I was 12 and my mom was working three jobs, so she wasn’t home at all. I could easily go out and work.”
Angello then went on to name some of the hip hop artists, songs and albums that influenced him most.
“I remember the whole Nas Illmatic album was a really important piece of music for me. ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’ was one of the songs that really connected to me. And then if we go even deeper, Gang Starr’s Moment of Truth was another really important piece for me. There were all of these cuts, ‘Moment of Truth’ obviously, then you have ‘The Militia,’ ‘My Advice To You.’ It’s a good album. It was such an interesting chemistry with Premier. We had all of these guys that were DJs, so we could dream on like ‘Hey, you could be like a DJ/producer guy.'”