Collaboration with Indian artistes quite possible, says DJ Alesso
New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) He has already collaborated with some of the most renowned music artistes like Calvin Harris, Usher, David Guetta and Sebastian Ingrosso. Now, Swedish DJ Alesso, who finds it interesting to fuse two worlds, says working with an Indian artiste can be a possibility in the near future.
Alesso’s performance at the Electronic Daisy Carnival (EDC) here over the weekend, left fans asking for more.
Asked if he is keen to collaborate with Indian artistes, he told IANS: “For me, it is a challenge to do more unexpected things in a way that it also makes sense. If I keep coming back here, I feel like, why wouldn’t I give it a go and try to collaborate with Indian artistes?”
The artiste, whose real name is Alessandro Lindblad, said a past collaboration with a talent from China turned out to be amazing.
“So why not give a collaboration a go? I think people (listeners) also want unexpected things. (When we collaborate) It’s a completely different world they are from and I am from. And there’s a different kind of mind set to make music here in India. So, I definitely think there could be some possibility,” he said.
This is not the first time the DJ has performed in India. Alesso visited the country in 2013 and says it’s the love and support by the people that has brought him back here after three years.
“I still am able to come back three years later and do a big show like EDC. That means a lot of support and love. I would completely agree (that it’s the love that keeps bringing international artistes back to India”),” he said.
What does he like about the Indian concert-goers and music lovers?
“I think (Indian) people are passionate about the music. People know the songs. It doesn’t have to be a huge song for people to know. I think the market is growing. It is becoming bigger,” said Alesso, who has been ranked 13 on DJ Magazine’s list of the top 100 DJ’s in 2015.
In the past five years or so, the music scene in India has seen an upsurge in the electronic dance music (EDM) genre. How has it evolved over the years?
“It’s just drawing more and more every year. I think it’s growing and becoming bigger. I think the whole electronic culture has too much to be a phase. I think it’s here to stay, but evolve in different kind of ways,” said the Universal Music artiste, who started producing music at the age of 16.
Alesso, 25, says music genres always go around in a circle.
“Music in general or music genres will always be a circle. But one genre that I don’t think is going to come back is rock music. I think that is kind of dead, but you hear Reggae influence here, R&B is back and Hip-Hop just keeps coming back over and over again.
“Electronic music had a huge impact in the US in 2012 and that kind of went down. Now it’s The Chainsmokers (hit progressive house music band), which means dance music is back,” he said.
Alesso, who has been called “the next big thing in dance music” by singer Madonna, feels that “people in general are always going to want a fresh thing”, but all’s good as long as the “quality of music is good”.
(Durga Chakravarty can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)