Background information
Birth name Alessandro Lindblad
Born (1991-07-07) July 7, 1991
Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation(s) Musician, DJ, music producer
Instruments Keyboard, mixset, synthesizer, Logic Pro
Years active 2010–present
Associated acts David Guetta, Sebastian Ingrosso, Ryan Tedder, Matthew Koma, Dirty South, Avicii, Calvin Harris, Hurts, Eshraque "iSHi" Mughal

Alessandro Lindblad (born July 7, 1991), commonly known by his stage name Alesso, is a Swedish DJ and electronic dance music producer. He has worked with numerous EDM (and other) artists, including Avicii, OneRepublic, 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 2014, he ranks 15th on DJ Magazine's list of the top 100 DJs.[5] His debut full-length album is set to be released in the first quarter of 2015[2] by Def Jam Recordings.[6]

Music career

Lindblad was born in Stockholm, Sweden and is of half-Italian descent. He started playing piano at age 7,[7] but became interested in EDM when he was 16.[8] Alesso gained recognition from established industry artists like Avicii, David Guetta, Erick Morillo, Groove Armada, and others 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] Alesso has 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 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]

Alesso playing live at Ushuaia Ibiza.

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 is set to be released in the first quarter of 2015,[2] and it will include both "Heroes (We Could Be)" and "Tear The Roof Up."[5] The single for "Heroes (We Could Be)" will officially be released on December 15, 2014.[6]


Alesso is renowned for his methods of utilizing melodic vibes in his productions along which he also alternates between his rave orientated 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".[13][5] Many regard the reasons behind his success to be his distinguishable style from other artists, which help contribute to his popularity amongst fans worldwide. Others also describe Alesso's sessions as energetic, as he regularly includes mash-ups of unreleased articles, constantly manipulates his samples in various ways, often controlling the atmosphere to a notable degree. He is thought to have capitalized the sound of Swedish house, so much that he is often thought as a next generation descendant of the retired trio Swedish House Mafia.[1][4]



Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Calling (Lose My Mind)"
(with Sebastian Ingrosso and Ryan Tedder)
2012 18 82 136 47 58 13 19 Non-album singles
(featuring Matthew Koma)
24 83 163 86 109
"If I Lose Myself"
(vs. OneRepublic)
2013 14 89 6 8
"City of Dreams"
(with Dirty South and Ruben Haze)
"Under Control"
(with Calvin Harris featuring Hurts)
8 17 42 55 5 59 31 1 1 103 Motion
"Tear the Roof Up" 2014 TBA
"Sweet Escape"
(featuring Sirena)
(featuring Ryan Tedder)
"Heroes (We Could Be)"
(featuring Tove Lo)
5 11 34 57 18 53
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Year Artist Track Release
2010 Avicii "Alcoholic" (Alesso Taking It Back Remix) Alcoholic Remixes Part II
Deniz Koyu featuring Shena "Time of Our Lives" (Alesso Remix) Time of Our Lives
2011 Therese "Drop It Like It's Hot" (Alesso Remix) Drop It Like It's Hot
Dúné "Heiress of Valentina" (Alesso Exclusive Mix) Heiress of Valentina
Niko Bellotto and Erik Holmberg featuring JB "Running Up That Hill" (Alesso Remix) Running Up That Hill
Nadia Ali, Starkillers and Alex Kenji "Pressure" (Alesso Remix) Pressure
Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin "Save the World" (Alesso Remix) Save the World (The Remixes)
DEVolution featuring Amy Pearson "Good Love" (Alesso Remix) Good Love
LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem" (Alesso Remix) Party Rock Anthem
David Guetta featuring Sia "Titanium" (Alesso Remix) Titanium Remixes
Jasper Forks "River Flows In You" (Alesso Remix) River Flows In You
2012 Keane "Silenced by the Night" (Alesso Remix) Silenced by the Night
Arty "When I See You" (Alesso Mix) When I See You
2013 OneRepublic "If I Lose Myself" (Alesso Remix) If I Lose Myself
2014 Alesso Nillionaire (Alesso Rework) unreleased


Year Track Artist Album
2012 "Numb"
(with Swedish House Mafia)
Usher Looking 4 Myself
"Queen of Your Dreams" Example The Evolution of Man

Music videos

Year Title Director Release date Label
2012 "Years" Henrik Hanson October 8, 2012[28] Refune Records
2014 "Tear The Roof Up" Drew Cox September 12, 2014[29] Def Jam
"Heroes (We Could Be)" October 10, 2014[30] Def Jam

See also


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  2. ^ a b c My album is coming in the first quarter of 2015..." - talks to Alesso""".  
  3. ^ a b Stewart, Adam (10 January 2012). "EDM Rookies To Watch In 2012".  
  4. ^ 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"'".  
  5. ^ a b c Ryan, Patrick (23 November 2014). "'"On the Verge: Alesso saves the day with EDM 'Heroes.  
  6. ^ a b c d Gritt, Emma (20 November 2014). "Alesso: ‘I just bring good emotions to people’".  
  7. ^ a b "Exclusive Interview with Alesso". Beat My Day. 9 May 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Alesso discusses his year, 'Calling,' SHM, and more with us at Electric Zoo (Interview)". Dancing Astronaut. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Gossett, Eric (7 November 2014). "10 Things We Learned From Alesso's Reddit AMA". Less Than 3. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Top 100 DJ’s Of 2011". Synthtopia. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Interview With Alesso". Dani Deahl. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Martin, Paul (3 June 2011). "[Electro] Pressure (Alesso Remix) – Alex Kenji, Starkillers, Nadia Ali". The Music Ninja. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Barker, Chris (28 November 2012). "Alesso explains the making of Years".  
  14. ^ "Alesso".  
  15. ^ Alport, Jonathan (19 October 2013). "DJ Mag Top 100 Revealed [Updated Live]". Your EDM. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  16. ^ Hampp, Andrew (15 July 2014). "Alesso Signs To Def Jam, Debuts 'Tear The Roof Up' Track".  
  17. ^ Sawers, Paul (8 September 2014). "Top DJ and producer Alesso turns to Snapchat to premiere his new music video".  
  18. ^ Ward, Nick (4 November 2014). "Alesso Explains Lack Of ‘Real Emotion’ In EDM". Your EDM. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  19. ^ Ward, Nick (29 October 2014). "Alesso’s Charity Event Breaks Record". Your EDM. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "Swedish Charts > Alesso". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  21. ^ Peak positions for singles in Australia:
    • All except noted: "Discography Alesso". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
    • For "Heroes": Ryan, Gavin (September 20, 2014). "Meghan Trainor Has The No 1 ARIA Single Again". Noise11. Noise Network. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Discografie Alesso". Flandria Chart (in Nederlands).  
  23. ^ "Discographie Alesso" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "Discography Alesso". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  25. ^ "Discografie Alesso" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  26. ^ "Discography Alesso". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  27. ^ "OneRepublic featuring Alesso". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  28. ^ "Alesso - Years ft. Matthew Koma". YouTube. Vevo. 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  29. ^ "Alesso - Tear The Roof Up". YouTube. Vevo. 2014-09-12. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  30. ^ "Alesso - Heroes (we could be) ft. Tove Lo". YouTube. Vevo. 2014-10-10. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Alesso on YouTube
  • Alesso on Twitter

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