Alesso

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Alesso
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Alesso
Background information
Birth name Alessandro Lindblad
Born (1991-07-07) 7 July 1991 (age 27)
Stockholm, Sweden
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • DJ
  • record producer
Instruments
  • Keyboard
  • mixset
  • synthesizer
  • Logic Pro
Years active 2010–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website alessomusic.com

Alessandro Lindblad (born 7 July 1991), commonly known by his stage name Alesso, is a Swedish musician, DJ and record producer. He has worked with numerous EDM (and other) artists, including Theo Hutchcraft, Ryan Tedder, Calvin Harris, Usher, David Guetta, and Sebastian Ingrosso.[1][2] He has also performed at numerous music festivals, including Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Tomorrowland.[1] In 2012, MTV named Alesso one of the "EDM Rookies to Watch",[3] and Madonna, who invited him to open select dates on her MDNA Tour, called Alesso "the next big thing in dance music."[4] As of 2015, he ranks 13th on DJ Magazine's list of the top 100 DJs.[5] His debut full-length album Forever was released on May 22, 2015[2] by Def Jam Recordings.[6]

Music career

Lindblad was born in Stockholm, and is of Swedish and Italian descent. He started playing piano at age 7,[7] but became interested in EDM when he was 16.[8] Alesso first gained recognition with the release of his Alesso EP in 2010.[7] In early 2011, Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia contacted Alesso and asked if he wanted to work together. Ingrosso introduced him to DJing and helped him with the production of tracks.[8] Since that time, Ingrosso has acted as a mentor for Alesso,[4] who referred to the elder Swede as a "big brother."[9] Despite having learned to DJ in 2011, Alesso made his debut on DJ Magazine's list of the top 100 DJs at number 70 in that same year.[10]

One of the first songs Alesso produced with Sebastian Ingrosso was a 2011 track named "Calling" that reached number 2 on the Beatport charts.[11] The song would later be renamed "Calling (Lose My Mind)" with an additional feature from Ryan Tedder.[1] Alesso's 2011 remix of Nadia Ali's "Pressure" premiered at the #1 spot on The Hype Machine and was one of the most played EDM songs of 2011.[12] From that point, his popularity continued to rise. MTV named him one of the "EDM Rookies to Watch in 2012",[3] and he recorded a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix in March 2012. He played for a crowd of 60,000 at Creamfields, and accompanied Madonna on her MDNA World Tour at select European shows.[4] By the end of 2012, Alesso had released another original mix called "Years" featuring Matthew Koma that performed well in the United Kingdom.[13] He was also ranked 20th on the list of the top 100 DJs of 2012 by DJ Magazine.[14]

By 2013, Alesso had played at music festivals like Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, and Tomorrowland. He released a remix of OneRepublic's "If I Lose Myself" that was nominated for Grammy and garnered almost a million listens on SoundCloud in a relatively short time.[1] In a collaboration with Calvin Harris and Hurts, Alesso released "Under Control" which racked up 88 million views.[6] In 2013, he also achieved his highest ranking on the list of the top 100 DJs at number 13.[15] In July 2014, Alesso signed with Def Jam Recordings, becoming only the second EDM producer to sign with the label (after Afrojack). He also debuted a new track called "Tear the Roof Up", which was named a "Future Exclusive" by Zane Lowe.[16] The music video for "Tear The Roof Up" was released exclusively through SnapChat in September 2014.[17] Alesso also embarked on his "Heroes Tour", named after his single "Heroes (We Could Be)" featuring Tove Lo.[18] During the tour, Alesso teamed up with Chime for Change, a global charity that seeks to "improve the lives of women around the world." Alesso's involvement with the charity has raised over $50,000 as of October 2014.[19] His debut studio album was originally set to be released in the first quarter of 2015,[2] but was later released on May 22, 2015. It includes both "Heroes (We Could Be)" and "Tear the Roof Up".[5] The single for "Heroes (We Could Be)" was officially released on December 15, 2014.[6] His new single, titled "Cool" and featuring Roy English, premiered on February 13, 2015, on BBC Radio 1. The track, which samples Kylie Minogue's "Get Outta My Way", was officially released in Europe on February 16, 2015 and in North America on February 17, 2015.

Style

Alesso is renowned for his methods of utilizing melodic vibes in his productions along which he also alternates between his rave oriented productions. Productions include "Clash" and "Tear the Roof Up" fit with his gravelled rave style,[6] while his other melodically rich counterpart include productions such as "Years" (featuring Matthew Koma), "Heroes" (released in 2014, featuring Tove Lo) and also his collaboration with Dirty South and Ruben Haze – "City of Dreams".[5][13] Some consider him to be the next generation after the retired trio Swedish House Mafia.[1][4]

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
SWE
[20]
AUS
[21]
AUT
[22]
BEL
[23]
NLD
[24]
SWI
[25]
UK
[26]
US
[27]
Forever 4 41 69 43 54 42 24 30
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SWE
[20]
AUS
[21]
AUT
[22]
BEL
[23]
FRA
[28]
GER
[29]
NLD
[24]
SWI
[25]
UK
[26]
US
[26]
"Calling (Lose My Mind)"
(with Sebastian Ingrosso featuring Ryan Tedder)
2012 71 19
  • GLF: 2× Platinum
Non-album single
"Years"
(featuring Matthew Koma)
24 33 163 86 Forever
"If I Lose Myself"
(vs. OneRepublic)
2013 89 8
"City of Dreams"
(with Dirty South featuring Ruben Haze)
36 Non-album single
"Under Control"
(with Calvin Harris featuring Hurts)
8 17 21 42 55 24 59 34 1
  • GLF: 2× Platinum
  • ARIA: Platinum[36]
  • BPI: Silver[31]
Forever
"Tear the Roof Up" 2014
"Heroes (We Could Be)"
(featuring Tove Lo)
5 11 41 28 44 71 18 47 6 31
"Cool"
(featuring Roy English)
2015 59 19 10
"Sweet Escape"
(featuring Sirena)
87 27
"Anthem" Non-album single
"I Wanna Know"
(featuring Nico & Vinz)
2016 25
[41]
142
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Remixes

2010
  • Tim Berg - "Alcoholic" (Alesso Taking It Back Remix)
  • Deniz Koyu featuring Shena - "Time of Our Lives" (Alesso Remix)
2011
2012
2015
2016
  • Alesso - "I Wanna Know" (Alesso and Deniz Koyu Remix)

Productions

2012

See also

References

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