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

Music career

Lindblad was born in Stockholm, and is of Swedish and Italian descent. He started playing piano at age 7, but became interested in EDM when he was 16. Alesso first gained recognition with the release of his Alesso EP in 2010. 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. Since that time, Ingrosso has acted as a mentor for Alesso, who referred to the elder Swede as a "big brother." 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.

One of the first songs Alesso produced with Sebastian Ingrosso was a 2011 track named "Calling" that reached number 2 on the Beatport charts. The song would later be renamed "Calling (Lose My Mind)" with an additional feature from Ryan Tedder. 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. From that point, his popularity continued to rise. MTV named him one of the "EDM Rookies to Watch in 2012", 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. By the end of 2012, Alesso had released another original mix called "Years" featuring Matthew Koma that performed well in the United Kingdom. He was additionally ranked twentieth on the list of the top 100 DJs of 2012 by DJ Magazine.

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. In a collaboration with Calvin Harris and Hurts, Alesso released "Under Control" which racked up 88 million views. In 2013, he additionally achieved his highest ranking on the list of the top 100 DJs at number 13. In July 2014, Alesso signed with Def Jam Recordings, fitting only the second EDM producer to sign with the label (after Afrojack). He additionally debuted a new track called "Tear the Roof Up", which was named a "Future Exclusive" by Zane Lowe. The music video for "Tear The Roof Up" was released exclusively through SnapChat in September 2014. Alesso additionally embarked on his "Heroes Tour", named after his single "Heroes (We Could Be)" featuring Tove Lo. 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. His debut studio album was originally set to be released in the first quarter of 2015, but was later released on May 22, 2015. It includes both "Heroes (We Could Be)" and "Tear the Roof Up". The single for "Heroes (We Could Be)" was officially released on December 15, 2014. 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.

On September 30, 2016, his new version of "I Wanna Know" featuring Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai, was officially released. Alesso and Jolin Tsai additionally closed International Music Summit with an discussion of what it takes to bridge the gap between East and West in electronic music. On October 1, 2016, Alesso and Jolin Tsai performed the single "I Wanna Know" and a remix version of Jolin Tsai's hit "Play" together at the Budweiser Storm Music Festival in Shanghai. On October 4, 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.

On October 7, 2016, weeks after Alesso premiered a new Dillon Francis collaborated single, "Take my Breath Away", throughout Ultra Music Festival Taiwan, Alesso announce that the new collaborated single will be released on October 21, 2016.

Style

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

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
SWE
AUS
AUT
BEL
NLD
SWI
UK
US
Forever441694354422430
"—" denotes a recording that didn't chart or wasn't 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
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
SWE
AUS
AUT
BEL
FRA
GER
NLD
SWI
UK
US
"Calling (Lose My Mind)"
(with Sebastian Ingrosso featuring Ryan Tedder)
20127119
  • GLF: 2× Platinum
Non-album single
"Years"
(featuring Matthew Koma)
243316386Forever
"If I Lose Myself"
(vs. OneRepublic)
2013898
  • ARIA: Platinum
  • BPI: Silver
  • BVMI: Gold
  • IFPI SWI: Gold
  • MC: Gold
  • RMNZ: Gold
"City of Dreams"
(with Dirty South featuring Ruben Haze)
36Non-album single
"Under Control"
(with Calvin Harris featuring Hurts)
8172142552459341103
  • GLF: 2× Platinum
  • ARIA: Platinum
  • BVMI: Gold
  • IFPI SWI: Gold
  • BPI: Gold
Forever
"Tear the Roof Up"2014
"Heroes (We Could Be)"
(featuring Tove Lo)
511412844711847631
  • GLF: 2× Platinum
  • ARIA: Platinum
  • RMNZ: Gold
  • BPI: Gold
  • RIAA: Platinum
"Cool"
(featuring Roy English)
2015591910
"Sweet Escape"
(featuring Sirena)
8727
"Anthem"Non-album single
"I Wanna Know"
(featuring Nico & Vinz or Jolin Tsai)
201625
142
"Take My Breath Away"56
"—" denotes a recording that didn't chart or wasn't 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)
  • Jolin Tsai - "Play" (Alesso Remix)

Productions

2012