The complete Axwell Λ Ingrosso transcript from the New York Times reveals what the duo actually said
Axwell and Ingrosso’s recent gaff in a New York Times interview became somewhat of a blog phenomena when headlines began appearing claiming the two called underground music “amateur.” In an attempt to put out the fire, the duo clarified their statements alleging that they were referring to their own early work as “amateur” not the work of the current crop of underground talents. The quote, seemingly lost in translation through a strange game of internet telephone, has lead the original interviewer, Joe Coscarelli, to reveal the entire transcript and clear the air on any possible misquotes. Our friends over at LessThan3 have acquired the full transcript of what Axwell and Ingrosso’s now infamous New York Times interview officially stated and the quotable bits are even more telling than “amateur” headlines.
Joe Coscarelli: Is the success of it [Axwell and Ingrosso’s music] also validating? You can say, “Oh you techno purists might not like it, but look at all of these people who do.’
Axwell: We never say that.
Ingrosso: No, absolutely not.
Joe Coscarelli: But there’s something about populism that’s valid, right?
Ingrosso: Of course. People are like, ‘You’re a sell out.’ But wait: We did a Disney movie, for Monsters Inc. A track for the disco moment in that movie and people like, “Yeah, you sell out.” But if you take a normal guy, struggling making music on the street and ask him to make a song for Disney or McDonald’s, do you think they would say no?
Axwell: But what is interesting about what you say is that yes, if somebody says, ‘Oh you’re so commercial,’ yeah but look at how many people like the song — I would never use that argument.
Ingrosso: But we’ve been discussing this. Also, for the underground dance music — in the nicest way possible — it’s amateur. You understand what I mean? Like, they are amateurs in a nice, cool way — a charming, sexy way also. They are like, ‘We’re trying to make music but we can’t really,’ and people are like, ‘Wow, I really like your not-really-music that you can’t really make, but you’re making it.” And it’s a party and I understand — and I’ve been there myself. I like to go there sometimes and just drink, like, whatever. They make the best out of it.