When Swedish House Mafia held its final show back in July, it was without hesitating that we turned up. There, we had a chance to meet Alesso, a Swedish DJ and electronic dance music producer. Having risen to fame at just 20 years of age with his catchy remixes, the 21-year-old is now rapidly conquering the United States in his quest to gaining worldwide popularity. As we caught up with him for a few quick minutes, Alesso talked to us about his rising career as a DJ, his admiration for Swedish House Mafia, and his plans of recording a new album…
PlanetNotion: This is the last show for the Swedish House Mafia, and the line up is huge and very relevant to the sound of the UK. What do you think of the sound of pop and R&B right now in the UK?
Alesso: It’s the same as the music we’re making, it just has a lot of vocals on it. I mean, look at this record playing right now [Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’]: I think it’s a very classic house record, and it works. It makes people go crazy.
PN: How did you find Swedish House Mafia?
A: I met Seb [Sebastian Ingrosso] almost 2 years ago in Sweden. I met him in his studio, he loved my music and said, “I wanna work with you, make stuff happen”. It just went from there.
PN: You just turned 21 in the US. What’s the scene like out there?
A: It’s crazy, absolutely crazy. It’s been like this for 2 years now and it’s still crazy. I don’t think it can get any better than right now, there’s no way.
PN: Last year you were #70 in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ’s this year and it’s rumoured you may advance by many numbers – how do you feel about this meteoric rise?
A: I am very happy. I was in the top 100 within 6 months from releasing ‘Pressure’ and ‘Nillionaire’. It was really quick, and I was very shocked even with both my labels. It was like that [snaps fingers]; it just happened. It was crazy, and I’m very happy for people who care and vote for my music.
PN: Who’s your #1 DJ?
A: Swedish House Mafia. I’ve seen so many of their shows and they smashed every one of them. They always come up with these crazy new edits of records and there’s always a lot of energy in their performances.
PN: What inspired you to DJ?
A: House music did. The first time I heard it was around 5-6 years ago, and I was like “What the fuck is this music??! “ I wanted to have a go at it, and so it just went from there. I’m always into different music, and this is different music.
PN: Are you going to make an album?
A: Yes, but not yet. Soon, it depends… I don’t know, maybe next year or in 10 years’ time. I have a lot of unreleased records and I could make an album with them, but I haven’t been in the studio since I’ve been touring so much. After this summer of touring, though, I’ll be back in the studio…
PN: Where do you live right now?
A: In Stockholm, Sweden.
PN: How do you psyche yourself up for a show?
A: I mentally tell myself, “Let’s fucking do this”. I go through some records that I know I should play and when I should play them. I want to focus on my shows and be professional. After the show I might have a drink, but I’m not going to get drunk. I don’t drink at all during shows; I want to be switched on.
PN: Do you have one message for your fans?
A: I fucking love you guys and you are the reason I want to do this, hopefully for the rest of my life. Thank you for supporting my music.