Alesso’s unreal success seems to have distorted time. He has achieved so much, and it has only been a couple years. One thing is for sure: he is going to be around for a while, and his production is only going to bet better. Alesso turns 21 in a few weeks and certainly has a lot to celebrate. He will be hosting a “Birthday Party” show on Governor’s Island in New York City on July 7th along with Arty and Otto Knows. Buy your tickets here!
If you ask any EDM fan, they will tell you that “Alesso” is a household name. However, this wasn’t the case a year ago. While he began his rise in Europe earlier, I didn’t quite realize how big he was going to get in the States until September of last year when seemingly every DJ at Identity Festival in Mountain View, CA dropped his remix of the Alex Kenji, Starkillers, and Nadia Ali track, “Pressure”. Today, there’s no doubt that Alesso is a prominent figure, especially in the Progressive house scene.
Sure enough, this 20 year-old Swede deserves the label of a “Global DJ” as he continues to tear apart festivals and shows around the world. I first saw Alesso live just a few weeks ago at Electric Daisy Carnival – New York. I’ll be honest, as someone who appreciates Alesso’s style, but is sickened by overplayed Prog/Commercial House songs that many EDM fans play on repeat for a week until the next “banger” comes along, I didn’t expect much out of his set. I expected to hear some tracks I liked within a predictable, straightforwardly mixed set. However, Alesso proved me to be very, very wrong. To quote a close friend of mine, his set was “a total party”. It was a great mix of his main hits, some very unexpected heavy hitting Electro, and a lot of new unreleased stuff that I had yet to hear. There are a lot of skilled producers who don’t offer much in a live setting, but Alesso deserves a lot of credit for defying this unfortunate standard.
Beyond the quality of his tracks, the support he has garnered proves his unbelievably fast rise to stardom. Alesso received early support from Avicii, the men of Swedish House Mafia, Kaskade, and more. In addition to the support than many would kill for, he was signed to Ingrosso’s Refune Records and MTV named him “EDM artist to watch” of 2012. He also received the Holy Grail of support, from Pete Tong, when he was invited to record a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix this past March.
Check out all the tracks below that earned him his fame, as well as some unreleased material.
Again, be sure to pick up your tickets to Alesso’s 21st Birthday Bash Here