What do you foresee being the biggest challenge as you move forward in your career by yourself?
I've always been by myself. Swedish House Mafia was an extra bonus that we did together. I'm just gonna keep on pushing, keep on working, keep on having fun. The album is coming out in the first quarter of next year. There's a lot of stuff coming.
Who would win in a fight? All three members of Swedish House Mafia or last year's Eliason winner Dolph Lundgren?
(Laughs.) The Mafia, of course. Three against one. It's not that tough!
What have you found to be the biggest difference between Swedish and American people?
I just like the Swedish work ethic. It's different from American. I love that American way of thinking as well. There's a bit more hope here. There's a little bit of a dream. You can start as a taxi driver and one day own the company. In Sweden they would start off as a taxi driver and end up as a taxi driver.
How do you feel about winning this award?
It feels great. For me, it's not about music, it's not about chart success. It's not about any of that. They're recognizing that we're working on the Size Foundation, the kids we're helping. It's a non-profit that I've been running for quite some time. We have orphanages help kids get through school so they can take on the task of being an adult. We're trying to empower the young guys with education. I'm happy. That's why I'm most proud about this award.
After the award presentation, the crowd sang Angello a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" in Swedish and hopefuls bid during a silent auction on items including a violin bass signed by Paul McCartney. Afterwards, attendees let loose during an afterparty highlighted with performances by MRTN and Rebecca & Fiona.
This article originally appeared in THR.