You all probably remember the Steve Angello miming debacle. As is commonly understood, shit stains, and that has very much been the case for Angello. Since the video appeared (which has now been removed), he has struggled to shake off the 'fake DJ' rep, with even DJ Sneak calling the Swedish House Mafia "DJ actors".
As inthemix reports, he's been defending the 'mime act' again. Speaking at the EDMBiz Conference in Las Vegas, he said: "The thing is, I lost my hearing in my left ear two years ago. 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. I could’ve done shitloads of other stuff. I’ve done this since I was twelve, I know how to beatmatch.”