DJ Alesso Loves to Travel—But He’s Most Creative at Home in Stockholm

DJ Alesso Loves to Travel—But He’s Most Creative at Home in Stockholm

My music, I believe, is euphoric and strong. This is the feeling that I get when I see that type of art as well, kind of like [it’s] taking over the world. But my shows mix in a futuristic element.

Ahead of May shows at the Brooklyn Mirage, Alesso stopped by The Edge in Manhattan.

Courtesy DJ Alesso

If you had to choose: beach vacation or city vacation?

That’s tough. It depends. I love going to New York City every now and then. I’m going for Halloween [this year]. People say, “Oh, it’s so cold,” but I like putting a coat on and walking around. I just as easily go to Bali for two weeks. I can, however, get bored just sitting on the beach. I can’t lay out for hours.

If you could retire anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I think Miami. I’ve given this a thought. Miami has the city, it has the people that I like, and it has the beach. It’s also on the East Coast, so I wouldn’t be too far from Sweden. One thing that really bothers me about being in L.A. is that I struggle with communication with the rest of the world. 

What are some vacations, taken purely for pleasure, that you think back on often?

I was in Cape Town a couple of years ago, just for vacation, and had a really great time. It’s such a beautiful city, but also the landscape—we hiked the mountains. I also have to mention a recent trip to Dubai with my family, we hadn’t done a family trip in maybe 15 years. A time to hang out, all of us, not in Sweden. My brother has two kids, [so] to be with them and witness them having fun was incredible.

It sounds like you really seek out quality time when you travel.

Definitely. It always sucks to be somewhere beautiful without somebody to share it with. My girlfriend and I are quite similar, we’re going to Bali now. I have a show there and we’re going to stay a little bit longer. We’ll be doing a lot of sightseeing, and I have a friend that lives there who is going to take us around. [My girlfriend has] never been, I’ve been there a couple times but never with somebody special. We’ll hopefully get some great memories. If you’re with the right person it makes everything better.

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