With a mentor who was a member of EDM power group Swedish House Mafia, it is no wonder that Alesso has gained so much recognition and success in such a short amount of time. With the help form Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso, fellow Swedish DJ and producer Alesso has risen to world-wide fame and performed at the most prestigious dance festivals around all by the age of 23 with not even having released his debut album yet.
Alesso, real name Alessandro Lindbald, didn’t learn to DJ until 2011, but still ranked and debuted on DJ Magazines top 100 DJ’s at number 70 in the same year. In 2011 he released a track with mentor Ingrosso “Calling (Lose My Mind)” which claimed critical success and set the ball rolling for Alesso’s rise to world-wide fame. By 2012 he had played the UK’s major dance festival Creamfields. The same year that Swedish House Mafia headlined and played their final UK show before splitting. By the end of the year he had released another track entitled “Years” featuring Matthew Korma, performing well in the UK and had also moved an impressive 50 places up in the DJ Magazine top 100 DJ’s to number 20. In 2013, Alesso teamed up with the worlds most streamed DJ Calvin Harris, and Hurts, for the song “Under Control”, gaining more acknowledgment and ranking even higher now at number 13 on the top 100. And then to top off another great year he had now played Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, and Tomorrowland. All of this still without a release of an album.
In 2014, after Afrojack he became only the second EDM artist to be signed by Def Jam Recordings and under his new label released “Tear The Roof Up” and premiering the video only exclusively through his snapchat. His latest single “Heroes (We Could Be)” features fellow Swedish artist, singer-songwriter Tove Lo. The song has achieved chart success in many different countries, including number 1 on the US Dance Airplay and Hot Dance Club Songs on the billboard charts and is on the rise on the hot 100, and yet to still be officially released in the UK, but is sure to gain a lot of success. A transcendent dance anthem with top vocals from Tove Lo singing about how being different is something to embrace (“I know you hear me now, we are a different kind, we can do anything”).
With his debut album finally set to be released in the first quarter of 2015, and featuring the singles “Tear The Roof Up” and “Heroes (We Could Be)” Alesso is sure to take the ever-growing EDM scene by storm with more catchy hooks and power hungry drops. Expect to see this Swedish DJ move higher and higher up the charts and headline more of the worlds greatest dance festivals in years to come.
Review by Jess Lofthouse | @jessslofthouse