Alesso will rock the closing evening of Labor Day weekend’s Electrical Zoo competition at Randalls Island Park whereas mourning one other Swedish dance music star: DJ-producer Avicii, who died in April at 28, an obvious suicide.
“It’s a horrible, horrible loss, not only for the dance music world — I feel the entire world knew who Avicii was,” says Alesso (actual title: Alessandro Lindblad), 27, of his fellow Stockholm native, greatest identified for the 2013 hit “Wake Me Up.”
“I see plenty of myself in him, ’trigger we come from the identical metropolis, we went to the identical faculty, we knew one another,” Alesso says. “We was shut after which we each had our personal careers.”
Whereas the get together individuals will likely be dropping their minds to Alesso’s euphoric sounds on Electrical Zoo’s predominant stage — the place he’ll carry out a particular tribute to Avicii whereas co-headlining with Tiesto on Sunday — he hopes the 10th anniversary version of the digital music competition can even elevate consciousness of mental-health points within the dance neighborhood.
The globe-hopping DJ life-style isn’t a nonstop rave, he says.
“Folks come up and say, ‘Oh, you guys have the perfect life. You simply tour all world wide, keep at fancy motels, DJ and make cash,’ ” says Alesso, who acquired a Grammy nomination for his 2013 remix of OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself” and has scored dance hits with Tove Lo and Hailee Steinfeld. “However then we additionally expertise strain, and expectations, and stress and all these items.”
‘It’s a horrible, horrible loss, not only for the dance music world.’
Making these big-room membership anthems may be an isolating existence, says Alesso, who started producing his personal tracks at 16 and began DJ-ing at 17.
“We’re principally these guys staying at residence making music in entrance of a laptop computer, not being that social,” he says.
Avicii’s untimely loss of life prompted him to “begin rethinking” the way to deal with these late-night hours and whirlwind journey to make for a more healthy work circulation, he says.
This weekend is an instance of simply how hectic Alesso’s schedule may be: First, he’ll be in Central Park Friday morning to launch his new single “Treatment” (that includes Conor Maynard) throughout this season’s last present of the “Good Morning America” Summer time Live performance Collection. Then he’ll head to Las Vegas for 2 gigs — one daytime, one nighttime — on Saturday. Lastly, he turns round and comes again to the Massive Apple for Electrical Zoo on Sunday.
Alesso, who now divides his time between Stockholm and Los Angeles, has fond recollections of taking part in his first Electrical Zoo in 2011.
“I had a fairly early slot time on the principle stage,” remembers the DJ, who went on to play the competition in 2013 and 2015. “I used to be actually nervous that it was too early and that there have been not gonna be sufficient individuals there to take heed to my set.
“Nevertheless it was positively a type of memorable moments, ’trigger individuals confirmed up and it was unbelievable.”