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Background information
Alessandro Lindblad
Born (1991-07-07) 7 July 1991 (age 27)
Stockholm, Sweden
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • mixset
  • synthesizers

Alessandro Lindblad (Born 7 July 1991),[3] commonly known by his stage name Alesso, is a Swedish DJ and record producer. Alesso is managed by John Shahidi of Shots Studios.[4]

He has worked with numerous artists, including Tove Lo, Theo Hutchcraft, Ryan Tedder, Hailee Steinfeld, Calvin Harris, Usher, David Guetta and Sebastian Ingrosso.[1][5] He has performed at numerous music festivals, including Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Creamfields, and Tomorrowland.[1] In 2012, MTV named Alesso one of the "EDM Rookies to Watch",[6] and Madonna, who invited him to open select dates on her MDNA Tour, called Alesso "the next big thing in dance music."[7]

He was ranked 13th on DJ Magazines 2015 list of the top 100 DJs and number 20th in year 2016 on DJ Magazine among the list of Top 100 DJs in the world.[8] His debut full-length album Forever was released on 22 May 2015[5] by Def Jam Recordings.[9]

Music career

Pre-2013: Career beginnings

Lindblad was born in Stockholm, and is of Swedish and Italian descent. He started playing piano at age 7,[10] but became interested in Electronic Dance Music when he was 16.[11] He first gained recognition with the release of his Alesso EP in 2010.[10] 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.[11]

Since that time, Ingrosso has acted as a mentor for Alesso,[7] who referred to the elder Swede as a "big brother."[12]

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.[13]

One of the first songs Alesso produced with Sebastian Ingrosso was a 2011 track named "Calling" that reached number 2 on the Beatport charts.[14] The song would later be renamed "Calling (Lose My Mind)" with an additional feature from Ryan Tedder.[1] Alesso's 2011 remix of "Pressure" by Nadia Ali premiered at the #1 spot on The Hype Machine and was one of the most played EDM songs of 2011.[15]

From that point on, his popularity continued to rise. MTV named him one of the "EDM Rookies to Watch in 2012",[6] 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.[7] By the end of 2012, Alesso had released another original mix called "Years" featuring Matthew Koma that performed well in the United Kingdom.[16] He was ranked 20th on the list of the top 100 DJs of 2012 by DJ Magazine.[17]

Alesso playing at Ushuaïa nightclub, Ibiza in 2013.

By 2013, Alesso had played at music festivals like Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, and Tomorrowland. He released a remix of "If I Lose Myself" by OneRepublic 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.[9] In 2013, he achieved his highest ranking on the list of the top 100 DJs at number 13.[18]

2014-2015: Def Jam Records and Forever

In July 2014, Alesso signed with Def Jam Recordings, becoming only the second EDM producer to sign with the label (after Afrojack). He debuted a new track called "Tear the Roof Up", which was named a "Future Exclusive" by Zane Lowe.[19] The music video for "Tear The Roof Up" was released exclusively through SnapChat in September 2014.[20] He embarked on his "Heroes Tour", named after his single "Heroes (We Could Be)" featuring Tove Lo.[21]

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.[22] His debut studio album was originally set to be released in the first quarter of 2015,[5] but was later released on 22 May 2015. It includes both "Heroes (We Could Be)" and "Tear the Roof Up".[8]

The single "Heroes (We Could Be)" was officially released on December 15, 2014.[9] 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 16 February 2015 and in North America on 17 February 2015.

2016-Present: Upcoming projects

On 30 September 2016, his new version of "I Wanna Know" featuring Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai was officially released.[23] Alesso and Tsai closed International Music Summit with an discussion of what it takes to bridge the gap between East and West in electronic music.[24] On 1 October 2016, Alesso and Tsai performed the single "I Wanna Know" and a remix version of Tsai's hit "Play" together at the Storm Music Festival in Shanghai.[25] On 4 October 2016, it was announced that Alesso would be releasing a new version of the song "Years", collaborating with K-pop band Exo's member, Chen. The song was released on October 7 through SM Station.[26][27][28] On 7 October 2016, Alesso premiered a new single, co-produced by Dillon Francis, called "Take My Breath Away" during Ultra Music Festival Taiwan. The single was later released on October 21, 2016.[29]

Alesso on the Tomorrowland 2016 Mainstage.

On 8 September 2017, Hailee Steinfeld released her new song "Let Me Go" which is a collaboration between Alesso, Watt, and Florida Georgia Line.[30] On 13 October 2017, Alesso released his new single "Is That for Me" which is a collaboration with Brazilian singer Anitta.[31]

In 2018, Alesso went on his European Tour, highlighted by his closing performance at the Tomorrowland festival in Belgium.[32] To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Electric Zoo later that year, Alesso is invited to be the headliner along with Tiesto.[33]

In other media

One of the heists in the popular video game PAYDAY 2 has the players in an arena during an Alesso concert. The heist was released on May 21, 2015.


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,[9] while his other melodically rich counterpart include productions such as "Years" (featuring Matthew Koma), "Heroes" (featuring Tove Lo), and his collaboration with Dirty South and Ruben Haze - "City of Dreams".[8][16] Some considered him to be the next generation in Swedish music after Swedish House Mafia.[1][7]


Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards

Year Category Work Outcome Ref.
2014 Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical "If I Lose Myself" Nominated [34]

DJ Magazine top 100 DJs

Year Position Notes Ref.
2011 70 New Entry [35]
2012 20 N/A
2013 13 N/A
2014 15 N/A
2015 13 N/A
2016 20 N/A
2017 37 N/A
2018 45 N/A

International Dance Music Awards

Year Category Work Outcome Ref.
2012 Best Progressive Track "Calling (Lose My Mind)" Nominated [36]
"Pressure" Won
Best Break-Through DJ N/A Nominated
2014 Best Electro/Progressive Track "If I Lose Myself" Nominated [37]
Best Progressive House/Electro DJ N/A Nominated
2015 Best European DJ N/A Nominated [38]
Best Progressive House/Electro DJ N/A Nominated
2016 Best European DJ N/A Nominated [39]
Best Progressive House/Electro DJ N/A Nominated
2018 Best Remix "Something Just like This" Won [40]

See also


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  2. ^ Kat Bein, "Alesso Teases Tropical 'Let Me Go' With Hailee Steinfeld, Florida Georgia Line: Listen", Billboard, 9/7/2017. Retrieved 18/10/2017.
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  4. ^ "Swedish Star Alesso Signs With Shots Studios for Management: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ a b c ""My album is coming in the first quarter of 2015..." - talks to Alesso". HMV. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ a b Stewart, Adam (10 January 2012). "EDM Rookies To Watch in 2012". MTV. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d Sheridan, Emily (17 July 2012). "'I want to mix it up': Why DJ Alesso is the next big thing in dance music... and even Madonna has noticed". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ a b c Ryan, Patrick (23 November 2014). "On the Verge: Alesso saves the day with EDM 'Heroes'". USA Today. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ a b c d Gritt, Emma (November 20, 2014). "Alesso: 'I just bring good emotions to people'". The Independent. Archived from the original on February 18, 2015. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Exclusive Interview with Alesso". Beat My Day. May 9, 2010. Archived from the original on December 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Alesso discusses his year, 'Calling,' SHM, and more with us at Electric Zoo (Interview)". Dancing Astronaut. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ Gossett, Eric (7 November 2014). "10 Things We Learned From Alesso's Reddit AMA". Less Than 3. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ "The Top 100 DJ's of 2011". Synthtopia. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ "Interview With Alesso". Dani Deahl. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 2014.
  15. ^ Martin, Paul (3 June 2011). "[Electro] Pressure (Alesso Remix) - Alex Kenji, Starkillers, Nadia Ali". The Music Ninja. Retrieved 2014.
  16. ^ a b Barker, Chris (28 November 2012). "Alesso explains the making of Years". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2014.
  17. ^ "Alesso". DJ Magazine. 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ Alport, Jonathan (19 October 2013). "DJ Mag Top 100 Revealed [Updated Live]". Your EDM. Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ Hampp, Andrew (15 July 2014). "Alesso Signs To Def Jam, Debuts 'Tear The Roof Up' Track". Billboard. Retrieved 2014.
  20. ^ Sawers, Paul (8 September 2014). "Top DJ and producer Alesso turns to Snapchat to premiere his new music video". The Next Web. Retrieved 2014.
  21. ^ Ward, Nick (4 November 2014). "Alesso Explains Lack Of 'Real Emotion' In EDM". Your EDM. Retrieved 2014.
  22. ^ Ward, Nick (29 October 2014). "Alesso's Charity Event Breaks Record". Your EDM. Retrieved 2014.
  23. ^ "Alesso Delivers A Flip Of His Song "I Wanna Know" With Jolin Tsai". 3 October 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ "Highlights at IMS Asia-Pacific". Music News Asia. Retrieved 2016.
  25. ^ AbhinavM (4 October 2016). "Jolin Tsai - PLAY (Alesso Remix Version)". We Rave You. Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ Penrose, Nerisha (10 October 2016). "Alesso Recruits K-Pop Group EXO's Singer Chen For 'Years' Rework: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2016.
  27. ^ "[POP] ?XDJ , 10? 7? 'Years' ()". Retrieved 2016.
  28. ^ " ?, DJ ? ...7? ". 4 October 2016. Retrieved 2018.
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  30. ^ "Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso's 'Let Me Go' With FLAGALine Is A Crossover Jam For The Ages -- Listen". Retrieved 2017.
  31. ^ Medved, Matt (13 October 2017). "Alesso & Anitta Team Up on Alluring New Single 'Is That For Me'". Billboard. Archived from the original on 12 July 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  32. ^ Erik (29 July 2018). "Alesso Returns To Progressive House With An Unbelievable Tomorrowland 2018 Weekend 2 Set". EDM Sauce. Retrieved 2018.
  33. ^ "Tiesto, Alesso Added to Electric Zoo 2018 Lineup". Billboard. Retrieved .
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