Alessandro Lindblad, more commonly known as Alesso, was a DJ and dance music producer from Stockholm, Sweden. His career quickly gained mainstream recognition for his remixes of Tiësto, SwedishHouse Mafia, and Avicii, as well as his own productions. His first major achievement was in 2011 when his remix of Nadia Ali’s track “Pressure” was one of the most successful EDM tracks of the year.
Later in the same year, he placed in DJ Mag’s Top 100 list, debuting at number 70. Early 2012 started well for him also, when he was named one of MTV’s “one to watch,” making his first BBC Radio 1 essential mix, and earning the track of the year award on Zane Lowe’s prime-time Radio 1 slot for the single “Calling (Lose My Mind).” He also managed to move up many places in DJ Mag’s DJ of the Year listings to number 20. He leaped to major success when he achieved a U.K. chart number one with his collaborative single “Under Control” alongside Calvin Harris and Hurts.
“This year has been fantastic, I have worked harder than ever and travelled more than ever so I’ve had a really intense schedule,” says Alesso, whose year has been defined by headline performances at UMFMiami, Creamfields, Electric Zoo. He has played it (including Ibiza’s trendy Ushuaia) and has often dropped his own electro-charged hit of the year, a remix of One Republic’s “If I Lose Myself.”
Despite all the touring, the prominent Swede has still found time to be in the studio this year, and has worked with Brit pop sensation Calvin Harris as well as on plenty of new tracks for his upcoming Uprising Tour in the US this autumn.“Working with Calvin was great. We brought Theo from the band Hurts on board who sings the vocals, which we think fits perfectly. You get inspiration from each other and develop something that you wouldn’t have created by yourself.”
Another highlight for Alesso this year was his Brazilian tour, which included playing ‘Insomniac’ to hundreds of thousands of people. “I always do my best to connect with the crowd no matter the number of people attending,” he reckons. Testament to his ability to do just that is his assured place amongst the Top 100 elite once again this year.