Ali Payami

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Ali Payami
BornSweden
Origin Malmö, Sweden
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
  • DJ
Years active2001–present
Associated acts

Ali Payami is an Swedish record producer, songwriter, and DJ. [1] With 1989 by Taylor Swift he won a Grammy for Album of the Year.

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He worked with Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding and Katy Perry. Payami's first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 was The Weeknd's single "Can't Feel My Face". [2]

Early life

Ali was first exposed to music in Malmö, Sweden, when he was a child. At a young age he listened to many genres of music, ranging from Dr. Dre's The Chronic to Nirvana. [1] He watched people in bands rehearse and make music, which prompted him to develop interest in the same. [3] This interest was reflected by his statement "When you play something and see people's reactions when they hear it... It really affected me."

Growing up, however, he became more interested in house music, siding away from the pop genre he was exposed to. This was evident from his words "...these guys were more into pop and mainstream, and I chose more house music..." in an interview. Payami didn't understand how to make music when he was younger. However, as years passed and new, better software became available for music production, he learnt the basics by watching others do so. Later, he bought the programs and started creating music himself. [4] [3]

Ali Payami then started DJing at school parties and in local clubs. He said “DJing played a big part in what I do now; the mentality of it and the love of both new and old music. When you play something and see people's reactions when they hear it... It really affected me.” in an interview with Billboard. While working in clubs, Payami had to get other jobs to support himself, including a short lived job as a telemarketer. He described this experience as "weird", stating “I loved DJing, but what I didn't like was being the center of attention.” [1]

Career

Beginnings

Ali Payami met Julius Petersson, then an A&R for Warner/Chappel, during the time he was DJing in clubs. This provided him a major opportunity at the time, as the public house gave him a cash advance. In Payami's words, "It allowed me to not have to work on anything else but music, so you can eat but also concentrate on what you want to do". Payami was also grateful to Julius and considered him a visionary, stating "Julius was such a visionary. He believed in not just me, but a lot of people who are very successful now."

Through Petersson, Max Martin's brother-in-law, Payami was introduced to Shellback, a highly successful Swedish music producer. This eventually enabled Payami to collaborate with Max Martin. Payami commented on Martin, saying "He's not only amazing and talented the way everyone knows him, but he's also a great guy. It's not just music; you learn so much about life, how to collaborate with people, and how to be open and not let egos take over the room.” [1]

Rise to fame

Ali Payami's collaborations with Max Martin since 2014 have been an "ubiquitous part of the pop radio landscape", as described by Billboard. His work on Ariana Grande's song "Love Me Harder" was one of the first of such collaborations, on which Payami commented, "I remember sitting in a studio in L.A. and me and [Peter Svensson] were just playing around. A few days later, he showed me this voice note with a part of a melody that we had played, and we tried to recreate it. From there, the whole thing came together. Savan came in with more melodies and lyrics, and then after that The Weeknd did his thing." [5]

Ali Payami worked on The Weeknd's song "Can't Feel My Face", which helped him settle himself as a popular pop artist. The song hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and obtained two Grammy nominations, for "Record of the Year" and "Best Pop Solo Performance". Payami said that it was a very simple song, and not "super advanced". [6] Max Martin, on Payami, jokingly commented that he was envious of him, who "listened to new music all the time" [2]

Payami has worked with Taylor Swift, co-writing and co-producing "Style" from her album 1989 (2014), and "...Ready for It?" from Reputation (2017).

Payami co-wrote and co-produced Katy Perry's single "Chained to the Rhythm" from her album Witness (2017).

Payami resides in Stockholm and works in Wolf Cousins Studio. [7]

Discography

Albums

YearArtistAlbumRole
2017 Taylor Swift Reputation Co-producer, Co-writer
Katy Perry Witness Guitar, Drums, Bass, Synths, Piano, Background Vocals, Producer, Programming
Tove Lo Blue Lips Producer, Writer
2016Various Artists2016 Grammy Nominees [8] Composer, Producer
Various Artists#PartyHitsComposer, Producer, Programmer
Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman Bass, Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Programming
Various ArtistsFitness Beats 2016 [9] Composer, Musical Instrument, Producer, Programmer
Ron JeremiahGhost Town 2016 [10] Composer
Various Ghostbusters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Bass, Composer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Programming
Sabina Ddumba Homeward BoundBass, Composer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Programmer
ChlaraIn a Different LightComposer
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 33 Composer
Laleh KristallerComposer
Tove Lo Lady Wood Bass, Composer, Drums, Guitar, Instrumentation, Keyboards, Producer, Programming
Nick Jonas Last Year Was Complicated Bass, Composer, Drums, Keyboards, Producer, Programming, Synthesizer
Various ArtistsLazy Afternoon [UMTV]Composer
BethLove SongsComposer
Baby RockstarLullaby Renditions of Taylor Swift: 1989Composer
Various Artists Now That's What I Call Music! 58 Composer
Various Artists Now That's What I Call Music! 60 Composer
Various Artists Now That's What I Call a Workout 2017 Composer
Various Artists'Now That's What I Call Music! 27'Composer
Various ArtistsParty Tyme Karaoke: Super Hits, Vol. 26Composer
Jim Brickman Pure CinemaComposer
Alessandro DanelloShine - EPComposer
The Weeknd Starboy Composer
David Nail Uncovered - EPComposer
2015 Ryan Adams 1989 Composer
The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness Bass, Composer, Drums, Keyboards, Producer, Programming, Synthesizer
Demi Lovato Confident Composer, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Producer, Programming
Ellie Goulding Delirium Bass, Composer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Programming, Synthesizer, Vocals (Background)
Various Artists Fifty Shades of Grey: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Bass, Composer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Programming, Vocals (Background)
Fifty Shades of Grey RemixedComposer
Sabrina I Love Acoustic 8Composer
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 28 Composer
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 29 Composer
Various Artists Now That's What I Call Music! 53 Composer
Various Artists Now That's What I Call Music! 55 Composer
Various Artists Now That's What I Call Music! 56 Composer
Various Artists Now That's What I Call Music! 24 Composer
Various ArtistsParty Tyme Karaoke: Girl Pop Mega Pack, Vol. 3Composer
Various ArtistsParty Tyme Karaoke: Girl Pop Party Pack, Vol. 6Composer
Various ArtistsParty Tyme Karaoke: Girl Pop, Vol. 24Composer
Various ArtistsParty Tyme Karaoke: Pop Mega Pack, Vol. 3Composer
Piano RockstarPiano Renditions of Taylor Swift: 1989Composer
NessiRolling With the PunchesComposer
Ariana AzaleaStyle: New Romantics 2015 Gangnam EPComposer
Koryn Hawthorne The Voice: The Complete Season 8 CollectionComposer
Straight No Chaser The New Old FashionedComposer
Adam Lambert The Original High Bass, Composer, Drums, Instrumentation, Keyboards, Musician, Percussion, Producer, Programmer, Programming, Unknown Instrument, Various Instruments
Patrick RouillerTous Les Titres Du Gagnant Nouvelle Star 2016Composer
Tori Kelly Unbreakable Smile Composer, Instrumentation, Percussion, Producer, Programming
2014 Taylor Swift 1989 Co-writer, Keyboards, Co-producer, Programming
Lea Michele Louder Composer, Engineer, Keyboards, Producer, Programming, Strings
Ariana Grande My Everything Bass, Composer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Programming
Various ArtistsNRG Workout [11] Primary Artist
Tove Lo Queen of the Clouds Composer, Instrumentation, Producer, Programming, Remixing
Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Karaoke: 1989Composer, Keyboards, Producer, Programming
2012 Loreen Heal Composer
2011Various ArtistsMost Wanted!, Vol. 1: The Ultimate Clubhouse [12] Primary Artist
2010Various Artists101 Ibiza AnthemsProducer
Various ArtistsBig Tunes: Destination Dance [13] Producer
Various ArtistsClub Anthems 2010Producer
Various Artists Clubland Smashed Primary Artist
Various ArtistsKanikuly 2010Primary Artist
Various ArtistsMinistry of Sound: Running Trax, Vol. 2Producer
Ali PayamiRootsPrimary Artist
Various ArtistsThe Mash Up Mix 2010Producer
2009Various ArtistsAbsolute Dance: Winter 2009Primary Artist
Various ArtistsChilled Euphoria [Ministry of Sound]Additional Production, Remixing
Various ArtistsClubbers Guide 2009Producer, Composer, Primary Artist
Various ArtistsClubland Classix, Vol. 2Primary Artist
Various ArtistsClubland Classix 2 [Digital Bundle Package]Primary Artist
Various ArtistsDance Chart, Winter/Spring 2009Primary Artist
Various ArtistsEuro Hits 2008Primary Artist
Various ArtistsFrom House to Electro 2009: In the MixPrimary Artist
Various ArtistsHardcore Til I Die, Vol. 2 [2009]Primary Artist
Various Artists Hed Kandi: Beach House 2009 Producer
Various Artists Hed Kandi: Summer Sampler 2009 Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Primary Artist
Various Artists Hed Kandi: The Mix Spring 2009 Composer, Primary Artist
Various ArtistsHouse 2009Primary Artist
Various Artists Ministry of Sound: Annual 2010 Additional Production, Remixing
Amy Diamond Swings and RoundaboutsComposer
Various ArtistsThe Annual Compilation 2010 [14] Primary Artist
Various ArtistsUltimate NRG 4Primary Artist
2008Various ArtistsClub Sensation 2008Primary Artist
Various ArtistsClub House Sensation 2008Producer, Primary Artist
Various ArtistsClub Sounds, Vol. 46Primary Artist
Various ArtistsClub Trance, Vol. 2Composer, Primary Artist
Various ArtistsClubbers Best ChoicePrimary Artist
Various ArtistsClublife: The Weekend Has LandedPrimary Artist
Various ArtistsDream Dance, Vol. 49Primary Artist
Various ArtistsElectro House Alarm, Vol. 3Primary Artist
Various ArtistsFuture Trance, Vol. 45Primary Artist
Various Artists Hed Kandi: The Mix - Summer 2008 Producer, Remixing
Frida Hoppa Upp!Producer, Composer
Various ArtistsHousexy 2008Producer, Remixing
Various ArtistsIbiza Residence '08Primary Artist
Daniel Desnoyers In Da House, Vol. 3Composer, Primary Artist
Various ArtistsKontor House of House, Vol. 6Primary Artist
Various ArtistsKontor Top of the Clubs, Vol. 40Primary Artist
Various ArtistsMinistry of Sound: Annual 2009 [Germany]Primary Artist
Various ArtistsMinistry of Sound: The Annual, Winter 2009Primary Artist
Various ArtistsProgressive AttackPrimary Artist
Various ArtistsTanecní Liga Best Dance Hits 2008Primary Artist
Various ArtistsTanecní Liga, Vol. 105Primary Artist
Various ArtistsTekno! 47Primary Artist
Various ArtistsTunnel Trance Force, Vol. 46Primary Artist
Various ArtistsViva Club Rotation, Vol. 39Primary Artist
Various ArtistsWelcome to the Club, Vol. 14Primary Artist
Various ArtistsWork It out...Pump It Up!!!Primary Artist
2007Various ArtistsClub Miami, Vol. 1Composer, Primary Artist
DJ JondalLa Nuit, Vol. 2: Rare LoungeProducer, Composer
Måns Zelmerlöw Stand by For... Producer
Various ArtistsSunshine HouseComposer, Primary Artist
2005 Arash Arash Remixing
2001Various Artists Disco Kandi Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer, Primary Artist

Singles

YearArtistTitleRole
2019Liam Payne"For You (with Rita Ora)"Co-writer, Producer
2017 Taylor Swift "...Ready For It?"Co-writer, Co-producer, Programmer
Lana Del Rey '"Lust for Life"Drums
Katy Perry '"Chained to the Rhythm"Composer
2016Filippa Lag"In the Night"Composer
Koryn Hawthorne "Love Me Harder" (The Voice Performance)Composer
Lana Grande"Love Me Like You Do"Composer
Bely Basarte"Love Me Like You Do"Composer
Brooke Adee"Love Me Like You Do"Composer
Deanna Johnson "Love Me Like You Do" (The Voice Performance)Composer
Katy Perry "Rise"Composer
Alessandro Danello"Shine"Composer
L.E.J "Summer 2016"Composer
Adam Lambert "Welcome to the Show"Bass, Composer, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Programmer, Strings
2015 Taylor Swift "Style"Co-writer, Co-producer, Programmer
Adam Lambert "Another Lonely Night"Bass, Composer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Programmer
Robin Thicke "Back Together"Composer
Bang La Dash"Can't Feel My Face"Composer
Straight No Chaser "Can't Feel My Face"Composer
Ember Island"Can't Feel My Face"Composer
The Capital Dance Orchestra / Simon Marlow"Can't Feel My Face" [Chartbeat]Composer
Diana Moon"Pieskaries man Tu"Composer
Nessi"Rolling With the Punches"Composer
Ivonne Acero"Style"Composer
Bay Brooks"Style" (The Voice Performance)Composer
2010Ali Payami"Roots"Primary Artist
2008Ali Payami"Blade"Primary Artist
2007 Andreas Johnson "A Little Bit of Love"Re-Release Producer, Remixing

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