When it comes to progressive big room producers, few can approach the recent success of Alesso. The Swedish savant recently hosted an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit, where he took the time to answer questions directly from his fans, including information on his upcoming album, his thoughts on ghost producers, and an answer to the age-old quandary: Hard or soft tacos?
1. His upcoming debut album is coming out soon, and it’s going to feature some surprises.
“There is an album coming, the beginning of next year in the first quarter. And it would feature collaborations with Ryan Tedder as well as new unknown artists…you will hear [other genres of music] on my up and coming album… [Nillionaire (Rework)] is coming on my album.”
2. Ghost producers and “fake” DJs (e.g. Paris Hilton) are baaaaad.
“I could never DJ and take credit for a song that says it’s me and I haven’t produced anything on it.”
3. The rise of dance music and the current scene’s “lack of emotion.”
I never expected that dance music would get this big. But I always felt that it deserved the attention that it has today. I feel that it’s one of the most loved music genres these days, and I think it is going to stay that for a long time since our generation is supporting it… [but] I think it’s too many people in the industry today that only care about making money from records.
4. His role in electronic music over the next five years.
“You’ll never know, and that’s the most exciting thing about it. One thing for sure is that I will always try to develop my sound and achieve new elements in my songs. But still at the same time, stay true to my sound. “
5. The best advice for a young, aspiring DJ/producer.
“It’s to never release a record you are not 100% satisfied with. It could be those small changes that can change the whole record to something completely different. And listen to your records MANY times. Get comments from people that you think have a good opinion. And mainly, believe that you can make those records.”
6. Hard or soft tacos?
“Hard tacos. It’s meat, cheese, guacamole, tomatoes, salsa, onions, sour cream.”
7. His relationship with Sebastian Ingrosso.
“Sebastian Ingrosso became like a big brother to me. And he made sure I didn’t focus on unnecessary stuff. But he always let me produce my music and do it in my way. I have a lot to thank him for.”
8. His favorite sub-genre of dance music that he doesn’t produce.
“I would say… tech house… I [also] definitely think deep house has shown that it has staying power.”
9. Favorite song at the moment?
“On your Mark by Gregor Salto. It’s fucking crazy.”
10. Favorite producers?
“I would definitely say Hans Zimmer, [for] his musical productions and his orchestral arrangements. He is outstanding and I think it is something that is very hard to achieve in the way he does. But of course I have my favorite producers such as Axwell Λ Ingrosso… and John (Jon) Hopkins.”
BONUS: Does you even lift?
“Why do you care?”
Read the full AMA on Reddit here.