5 Things You May Not Know About Axwell

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Axwell performs during Day 1 of the HARD Summer 2014 festival at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on August 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Most Americans had never heard of Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso prior to Swedish House Mafia's Stateside success. But the Stockholm natives had actually been very active in the European dance scene for more than a decade prior to the supergroup's formation.

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1. He scored a No. 1 U.K. dance single before Swedish House Mafia existed

Axwell topped the U.K. dance charts with his breakthrough track, "Feel the Vibe," after it was re-released on Ministry of Sound in 2005 with vocals from Tara McDonald.

2. He used to produce acid techno under an alias

Axwell has a harder-edged underground side that most of his current fans know nothing about. In 1995, the producer released a vinyl EP as OXL that sounds a world apart from the radio-friendly output on which he'd make his name.

3. He remixed Madonna in 2006

Nearly a decade before Madonna employed dance producers like Diplo and Avicii on her album, Axwell gave her Confessions on a Dance Floor-era cut "Jump" a club-ready rework.

4. He wrote and co-produced Cyndi Lauper's song "Rain on Me"

Axwell and Cyndi Lauper may seem an odd pairing, but the two collaborated on the wistful closer to her 2008 album Bring Ya to the Brink.

5. He was the oldest member of Swedish House Mafia

At age 37, Axwell is actually five years older than both Ingrosso and Steve Angello. The two younger Swedish House Mafiosos were actually childhood friends who later brought Axwell into the fold after meeting him in Stockholm.

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