At the age of only nineteen years old, Norwegian DJ and producer Alan Walker has already become a worldwide phenomenon. After the success of his hit track “Faded,” Alan quit high school to focus on his career. Alan has already earned 1.3 Billion YouTube views for “Faded,” which was remixed by renown artists, Tiesto and Dash Berlin. I recently had the honor to connect with him for an interview in honor of his recent Electric Daisy Carnival 2017 performance.
1. What was your favorite part about playing at EDC Las Vegas 2017?
EDC Las Vegas was an amazing experience! I’ve heard so much about it, so it was great to finally perform there. I was blown away by the response from the crowd when I entered the stage. Can’t wait to go back!
2. What do you attribute your success to the most?
I know for a fact that none of this would be possible without my fans. The amount of love and support that they show me and my music is absolutely incredible, and I really appreciate it. I also have amazing and supportive family and friends, as well as a team behind me that enables me to do what I love.
3. Who or what are your greatest influences?
I’m really inspired by other great DJs that have paved the way before me in this genre. I’m also very influenced by film music and movie scores. The likes of Hans Zimmer and Steve Jablonsky have been great sources of inspiration for my music.
4. How would you describe your sound?
It’s quite difficult to pinpoint. But I would describe my music and sound as melodic. It differs from what’s typically expected of EDM artists, especially in the use of melodies as well as tempo. I guess it might be as a result of my influences.
5. What is the number one highlight of your career so far?
My performances at both EDC, Ultra and Tomorrowland have certainly been highlights so far. And the same goes for all of the achievements of my break-through single, “Faded.” But I’m still enjoying this, and the journey, as a whole, has been amazing.
6. Which electronic producers do you see as becoming the next big thing? What upcoming artists are you into and why?
I’m really into a Norwegian artist by the name of K-391. I can really see him taking the next big step, and I’ve been a fan for a while. His music and overall sound is something that I’m inspired by, which is reflected in my music. We also have some collaborative projects that I can’t wait to present to the people.
7. Where do you think the electronic scene is headed?
The electronic scene is certainly headed in the right direction, as it’s being discovered by more and more people around the world. Most popular songs at the moment are made by EDM acts, which is a testament to the evolution.
8. What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
That has to be ‘Time’ by Hans Zimmer. An absolute favorite!
9. What can your fans expect from you for the rest of 2017 and beyond?
My fans can certainly expect lots of new music. Both official singles, remixes, and collaborations. I’ll also continue touring and appreciate everyone who shows me love on the road. A couple of exciting projects in the works as well, so stay tuned!