Ali Payami

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Ali Payami
Origin Sweden
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Composer
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 2001-present

Ali Payami is an Iranian-Swedish music composer, producer, writer, and singer.[1]

He has collaborated in the production of music with numerous popular artists including Adam Lambert, Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Tove Lo. Payami's first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 was The Weeknd's single Can't Feel My Face.[2]

Early life[edit]

Ali Payami is of Persian descent, he was first exposed to music in Malmö, Sweden, when he was a child. At a young age in Sweden, 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[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

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 this meet, 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[edit]

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."[1]

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 the "record of the year" and "best pop solo performance". Payami said that it was a very simple song, and not "super advanced".[5] Max Martin, on Payami, jokingly commented that he was envious of him, who "listened to new music all the time"[2]

Present[edit]

Katy Perry's single Chained to the Rhythm is Ali Payami's latest hit. Payami is currently working on an undisclosed project in Los Angeles, he says "I like to put in about 12 hours a day at least", referring to his work ethos in the studio.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Artist Album Role
2017 Katy Perry Witness Guitar, Drums, Bass, Synths, Piano, Background Vocals, Producer, Programming
2016 Various Artists 2016 Grammy Nominees[6] Composer, Producer
Various Artists #PartyHits Composer, Producer, Programmer
Ariana Grande Dangerous Woman Bass, Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Programming
Various Artists Fitness Beats 2016[7] Composer, Musical Instrument, Producer, Programmer
Ron Jeremiah Ghost Town 2016[8] Composer
Various Ghostbusters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Bass, Composer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Programming
Sabina Ddumba Homeward Bound Bass, Composer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Programmer
Chlara In a Different Light Composer
Kidz Bop Kidz Bop 33 Composer
Laleh Kristaller Composer
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 Artists Lazy Afternoon [UMTV] Composer
Beth Love Songs Composer
Baby Rockstar Lullaby Renditions of Taylor Swift: 1989 Composer
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 Artists Party Tyme Karaoke: Super Hits, Vol. 26 Composer
Jim Brickman Pure Cinema Composer
Alessandro Danello Shine - EP Composer
The Weeknd Starboy Composer
David Nail Uncovered - EP Composer
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 Remixed Composer
Sabrina I Love Acoustic 8 Composer
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 Artists Party Tyme Karaoke: Girl Pop Mega Pack, Vol. 3 Composer
Various Artists Party Tyme Karaoke: Girl Pop Party Pack, Vol. 6 Composer
Various Artists Party Tyme Karaoke: Girl Pop, Vol. 24 Composer
Various Artists Party Tyme Karaoke: Pop Mega Pack, Vol. 3 Composer
Piano Rockstar Piano Renditions of Taylor Swift: 1989 Composer
Nessi Rolling With the Punches Composer
Ariana Azalea Style: New Romantics 2015 Gangnam EP Composer
Koryn Hawthorne The Voice: The Complete Season 8 Collection Composer
Straight No Chaser The New Old Fashioned Composer
Adam Lambert The Original High Bass, Composer, Drums, Instrumentation, Keyboards, Musician, Percussion, Producer, Programmer, Programming, Unknown Instrument, Various Instruments
Patrick Rouiller Tous Les Titres Du Gagnant Nouvelle Star 2016 Composer
Tori Kelly Unbreakable Smile Composer, Instrumentation, Percussion, Producer, Programming
2014 Taylor Swift 1989 Composer, Keyboards, Producer, Programming
Lea Michele Louder Composer, Engineer, Keyboards, Producer, Programming, Strings
Ariana Grande My Everything Bass, Composer, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Programming
Various Artists NRG Workout[9] Primary Artist
Tove Lo Queen of the Clouds Composer, Instrumentation, Producer, Programming, Remixing
Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Karaoke: 1989 Composer, Keyboards, Producer, Programming
2012 Loreen Heal Composer
2011 Various Artists Most Wanted!, Vol. 1: The Ultimate Clubhouse[10] Primary Artist
2010 Various Artists 101 Ibiza Anthems Producer
Various Artists Big Tunes: Destination Dance[11] Producer
Various Artists Club Anthems 2010 Producer
Various Artists Clubland Smashed Primary Artist
Various Artists Kanikuly 2010 Primary Artist
Various Artists Ministry of Sound: Running Trax, Vol. 2 Producer
Ali Payami Roots Primary Artist
Various Artists The Mash Up Mix 2010 Producer
2009 Various Artists Absolute Dance: Winter 2009 Primary Artist
Various Artists Chilled Euphoria [Ministry of Sound] Additional Production, Remixing
Various Artists Clubbers Guide 2009 Producer, Composer, Primary Artist
Various Artists Clubland Classix, Vol. 2 Primary Artist
Various Artists Clubland Classix 2 [Digital Bundle Package] Primary Artist
Various Artists Dance Chart, Winter/Spring 2009 Primary Artist
Various Artists Euro Hits 2008 Primary Artist
Various Artists From House to Electro 2009: In the Mix Primary Artist
Various Artists Hardcore 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 Artists House 2009 Primary Artist
Various Artists Ministry of Sound: Annual 2010 Additional Production, Remixing
Amy Diamond Swings and Roundabouts Composer
Various Artists The Annual Compilation 2010[12] Primary Artist
Various Artists Ultimate NRG 4 Primary Artist
2008 Various Artists Club Sensation 2008 Primary Artist
Various Artists Club House Sensation 2008 Producer, Primary Artist
Various Artists Club Sounds, Vol. 46 Primary Artist
Various Artists Club Trance, Vol. 2 Composer, Primary Artist
Various Artists Clubbers Best Choice Primary Artist
Various Artists Clublife: The Weekend Has Landed Primary Artist
Various Artists Dream Dance, Vol. 49 Primary Artist
Various Artists Electro House Alarm, Vol. 3 Primary Artist
Various Artists Future Trance, Vol. 45 Primary Artist
Various Artists Hed Kandi: The Mix - Summer 2008 Producer, Remixing
Frida Hoppa Upp! Producer, Composer
Various Artists Housexy 2008 Producer, Remixing
Various Artists Ibiza Residence '08 Primary Artist
Daniel Desnoyers In Da House, Vol. 3 Composer, Primary Artist
Various Artists Kontor House of House, Vol. 6 Primary Artist
Various Artists Kontor Top of the Clubs, Vol. 40 Primary Artist
Various Artists Ministry of Sound: Annual 2009 [Germany] Primary Artist
Various Artists Ministry of Sound: The Annual, Winter 2009 Primary Artist
Various Artists Progressive Attack Primary Artist
Various Artists Tanecní Liga Best Dance Hits 2008 Primary Artist
Various Artists Tanecní Liga, Vol. 105 Primary Artist
Various Artists Tekno! 47 Primary Artist
Various Artists Tunnel Trance Force, Vol. 46 Primary Artist
Various Artists Viva Club Rotation, Vol. 39 Primary Artist
Various Artists Welcome to the Club, Vol. 14 Primary Artist
Various Artists Work It out...Pump It Up!!! Primary Artist
2007 Various Artists Club Miami, Vol. 1 Composer, Primary Artist
DJ Jondal La Nuit, Vol. 2: Rare Lounge Producer, Composer
Måns Zelmerlöw Stand by For... Producer
Various Artists Sunshine House Composer, Primary Artist
2005 Arash Arash Remixing
2001 Various Artists Disco Kandi Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Composer, Primary Artist

Singles[edit]

Year Artist Title Role
2017 Lana Del Rey '"Lust for Life" Drums
Katy Perry '"Chained to the Rhythm" Composer
2016 Filippa 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 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
2010 Ali Payami "Roots" Primary Artist
2008 Ali Payami "Blade" Primary Artist
2007 Andreas Johnson "A Little Bit of Love" Re-Release Producer, Remixing

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