Rising EDM superstar DJ Alesso has signed with Def Jam / EMI UK for a recording contract, Billboard has learned. The 23-year-old Swedish DJ-producer also debuted a brand-new track, “Tear The Roof Up,” on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, which was named a “Future Exclusive” by the influential radio host.
“Tear The Roof Up” has been a staple in Alesso’s live sets from recent months, including his mainstage set at Electric Daisy in Las Vegas last month. It’s no surprise: the nearly 7-minute banger tears through several builds and bass drops, crescendoing to a transcendent 90-second finale that’s essential for hyping up a crowd of thousands. “I wanted to make a massive song that would literally make people want to tear off the roof,” Alesso says in a statement.
Lowe, meanwhile, dubbed the song “monstrous” in his Tuesday broadcast. “I didn't make it to Coachella this year but I was…streaming it like so many millions of people from around the world…I clicked on Alesso's set and he started his set with this song. It was the most ridiculous, most unifying response from about 20,000 people streaming out of this huge aircraft hanger whilst the sun was beaming down on his face and I was like ‘This is what songs like this are designed to do’.”
A Grammy nominee this year for this remix of OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself,” Alesso has been making his name for himself as a recording artist in recent years for his work on 2012’s “Calling” with Swedish House Mafia’s Ingrosso and Ryan Tedder, as well as last fall’s “Under Control” with Calvin Harris and Hurts. Alesso also played at the last Swedish House Mafia concert in spring 2013, and is now co-managed by former SHM manager Amy Thomson, who booked the DJ for a daytime set at Mandalay Bay’s new club Daylight during EDC weekend. And with Ingrosso & Axwell making the festival circuit with their own joint post-SHM project, expect more music news from that pair shortly. SHM’s third member, Steve Angello, also debuted a new track Tuesday for his forthcoming Columbia Records debut featuring The Temper Trap’s Dougy
Alesso is the second DJ to sign with Def Jam, following Afrojack's full-length debut "Forget The World" in May. EDM superstar Avicii is distributed through Island Records, having signed with Island Def Jam prior to the label groups' split earlier this year.