Steve Angello recently spoke alongside Radiohead manager Brian Message at the Web Summit in Dublin and drew upon his 18 years of industry experience to provide his wisdom on the current of industry as it pertains to technology and also divulged some details about his album Wild Youth. The subject of conversation primarily concentrated on streaming and its impact on artists, but the former Swedish House Mafia member also shared that his album would be split into chapters with a strong video component.
Over the past few weeks, fans have been treated to some mysterious photos on Angello's social media pages reading off a few dates. One was Nov. 1, which turned out to be when he released his new single "Remember" with The Presets and when he unveiled the tracklist for Wild Youth. The next date is Nov. 20, which Angello has been mum about what will come on that date. The final day on the calendar is Jan. 22, 2016, which is when Wild Youth will finally be released.
He offered some clues as to what will be released over the next two months.
"I'm having cool launches within the album. Now I've decided to split my album and do chapters, where we have a pre-order that releases a couple of tracks. Then we go into a chapter of the album, which is going to be half the album. Then we present six videos, then we go into the second half, then we go with six other videos," said Angello.
He took the opportunity to praise streaming, something many other artists have decided against, possibly for a quick moment in the spotlight for some PR. The artist and label manager said, "A lot of people are fighting it, but I think it's the best thing that ever happened." Message echoed that sentiment, saying that he uses it as a tool to help his artists build their business. The pair believe that artist's anger is misguided and should be directed at major labels, who are not transparent in their payouts and how they advise artists on the digital space. Start the talk at 2:49:00.