When MTV News caught up with Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso at Las Vegas' XS Nightclub recently, the DJ/producer was beaming with pride. That's because his mentee, Alesso, a young talent from Sweden, now stands as a formidable star on the rise.
Having dropped a couple of healthy tracks and remixes in 2010, MTV News first previewed the young Alesso's capabilities when SHM launched into his thunderous "Nillionaire" at their beachfront Masquerade Motel party over Miami Music Week last year. Since then, Ingrosso and the SHM camp have personally cultivated the young star into a hit-making wizard — seemingly cooking up undeniable hits with each release and remix.
"Nillionaire," "Dynamite," "Raise Your Head," and the popular DJ set staple "Calling" with Ingrosso remain Alesso's original bombshells of 2011. His remix game is seemingly unparalleled. With his remixes of David Guetta's "Titanium" and SHM's "Save the World," Alesso struck gold. But with his rework of Alex Kenji, Starkillers and Nadia Ali's "Pressure," he created one of the most far-reaching EDM anthems of the year.
In 2012, his continued trajectory seems almost cemented: "Calling" will have a vocal version, and it looks like Alesso, Seb and SHM's Steve Angello will have a hit on their hands with their "Eclipse (Why am I Doing This)."
"I'm so proud of him, and what we've worked on," Seb told MTV News. "The last couple of years have been just crazy. I told him just before the EDC show in Vegas [Electric Daisy Carnival last year], 'I'm going to change your life tonight. Just so you know that.' And he was like, 'What do you mean?' And I said, 'Watch and see.' "
"And after that, it's just been mayhem," Seb continued. "He's been doing so much great music and so many big shows. I'm just so happy for him. I'm like a proud father, you know. I'm just so happy for him."
It seems like fans of Alesso will have plenty of new music to look forward to, and soon. Alesso tweeted Friday (February 3), "I have so many new tracks coming out 2012! So f---ing excited to play them this year!!! Hope you guys are ready!!"
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