Alesso: Swedish house master
There aren’t many 20-somethings who can boast being backed by one of the Swedish House Mafia dons. But in a recent interview with inthemix, SHM’s Sebastian Ingrosso was only too happy to sing Swedish producer Alesso’s praises. “He inspires me every day,” Ingrosso told us. “He’s such a young, creative person. He is amazing. I kind of worked with him now for almost two years and he’s just an amazing kid, and what’s coming up next for him is just crazy.” So what is coming up for Alesso? If what he’s achieved after only a couple of years in the game is anything to go by, it’s safe to say the producer has a lot to look forward to. Already, he’s already clocked up an impressive resume of high-profile remixes, including last year’s anthemic reworking of Nadia Ali’s tune Pressure, a spot in DJ Mag’s most recent Top 100 DJ list, and lauded productions of his own that have been quick to land him on festival bills around the world.
Among Alesso’s busy touring schedule is our own Creamfields, kicking off next month. It’s not hard to see why the festival made sure he was on the bill – his reputation as the ‘next big thing’ in house music has been bolstered by persistent rumours that he’s set to join Swedish House Mafia. While joining the Mafia may only be a rumour at present, given how enthused Ingrosso is about the up-and-comer, the whispers may yet come to fruition. “We’re like brothers,” Ingrosso continued. “We speak millions of times a day, we spend a lot of time together when we can and hang out, kind of like family”. While Ingrosso had no shortage of things to say about the Swede, in the lead-up to Creamfields we also had a chat with Alesso himself. Our tip? Before too long, he’s set to match the Swedish House Mafia trio in star power.
It seems as though your rise has been really quick. How did it all come together for you?
I don’t really know, but it started a bit over a year ago when I gave Seb – Sebastian Ingrosso’s -father a CD, he heard my music and the next day I was in the studio with him. He asked me if I wanted to work with him and it just went from there. We’ve been working really hard together, releasing tracks, doing shows together – hard work, but a lot of fun.
On the note of collaborations – I wanted to ask if you’d ever work with a commercial or pop act if it was the right fit?
It depends, you know. I wouldn’t mind producing a track for a pop star, there’s plenty of pop stars I really like. But it’s a big decision if you want to do a collaboration. Of course, I could produce a track for a pop artist if I like them or the track, but when it comes to collaborating under my name featuring that artist…it depends. It’s possible, I don’t judge an artist by their name; I judge them by their voice or how creative they are.
Do you think it’s important for a DJ to be exclusive – to have sets made up of tracks, remixes or cuts that only you have?
I try to play as much of my own material as possible; but it all depends on the vibe. If I’m doing a show, people want to see me and hear my tracks. It depends, but of course I’ll play some my new stuff and some better known stuff that I’ve done, but I try and play as much of my stuff as possible.
You’re playing with Swedish House Mafia in Miami this year. How’ve you found the dance music explosion in America at the moment?
The dance music scene in America is becoming really big now, and I’m super happy to be a part of it and be able to experience it. I just came back from a one month tour in the States and Canada and it’s great, they really know how to jump, and party, and appreciate good music. Right now it’s crazy over there and I hope it’s going to stay like that forever.