It was recently reported that Axwell & Ingrosso called underground music "amateur", something that Axwell says has been misinterpreted. He said they were only referring to their own, old sound which some might refer to as underground.
"Listen up! The amount of bashing we've been given throughout the years for being commercial has been on a record level. and then a rather positive quote about "our" underground music gets put out of context - we are condemning underground music as a whole, and bashing where we come from ? seriously?
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 - ie. 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.
Anyways, we love all forms of music , underground or mainstream, and if you know anything about us you know very well we've paid our underground dues enough, and for us to be "bashing" and condemning where we come
from is just ridiculous. It's a bit disheartening to see the amount of publicity this has gotten and the fact people seem to like to find something negative to focus on - when in fact nothing negative was meant."
For the record, here's the original source material from the full New York Times interview:
"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,' he said."
Keep in mind we don't know what the exact original question was and the two are not native English speakers.