Alessandro Renato Rodolfo Lindblad – commonly known by his stage name Alesso, is a Swedish DJ and record producer.
Lindblad was born in Stockholm, and is of Swedish and Italian descent. He started playing piano at age 7, but became interested in Electronic Dance Music when he was 16. He 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.”
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 “Pressure” by Nadia Ali premiered at the #1 spot on The Hype Machine and was one of the most played EDM songs of 2011.
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. In a collaboration with Calvin Harris and Hurts, Alesso released “Under Control” which racked up 88 million views. In 2013, he achieved his highest ranking on the list of the top 100 DJs at number 13.
Alesso has maintained a residency with Wynn Nightlife in Las Vegas for over 9 years now, playing shows at Encore Beach Club, EBC At Night, and XS. Alesso played his first show at XS in 2011 at the tender age of 20.
See a full list of upcoming Alesso shows here.
Without further ado, Alesso’s top 5 tracks of all time:
5. Alesso vs One Republic – If I Lose Myself (2013)
4. Alesso & Calvin Harris – Under Control (2013)
3. Alesso & Ingrosso – Calling (Lose My Mind) ft Ryan Tedder (2012)
2. Alesso Remix – Pressure (2011)
1. Alesso & Dirty South – City of Dreams (2013)