Steve Angello has been creating a good amount of buzz in the last few weeks after rumors surfaced of a possible Swedish House Mafia return and the dramatic change to his management staff. In a recent interview with MTV UK, Steve took a break from the headline to talk about what is really important to him; his brand new album due out on Jannuary 22nd.

In the interview, Steve talked about how important the new album, aptly titled “Wild Youth” is to him and how it has been a project for over 3 years:

“I started three and a half years ago. I started it because I wanted to write something that had a meaning and I wanted to tell a story. I think a lot of music today is not really storytelling. A lot of people are just working with songwriters and producers and they get delivered something based upon a request from a record label and some input from the artist. So for me it’s really important to start from scratch.

“I sat down with a piece of paper and thought, what’s my story? What do I wanna talk about? I think that was a different aspect for me because I’ve made songs my whole life that have just been for partying and creating a vibe on the dance floor. But now, I actually wanted to do a real artist album that I felt that this is something special, not only for me but for the people around me. I can have people take part in this, and explain and tell something and they will actually get it. 

“The process has been really hard, I thought I was done a year and a half ago but I listened back to the album and it was too similar to the stuff that I’d done previously so I scrapped pretty much half of the album and started over. It’s been really long but at the same time it’s been really emotional and like a self-discovery trip for me where I’ve actually figured out myself which is awesome.”

With a brand new album on the way, Steve Angello’s recent departure from long time manager, Amy Thompson, has opened new opportunities under the same management team behind Justin Bieber. Since both Steve and Justin now have the same manager, it begs the question: Would Steve Angello’s new manager ever push him to do a collaboration with Justin Bieber?

“No, I mean, he knows I would never do that, I don’t think he would ever ask me. At the same time they appreciate the work that we put into it and they understand the craft of it, where this is a life story, this is something that I’ve been trying to tell people for my whole life and now I’ve finally got to the time where I can tell it so for them it’s equally interesting with just having something with a lot of substance than just pushing one radio record.”

Check out Steve Angello’sChildren Of The Wild” below and make sure to pre-order his new album HERE