British-Norwegian EDM producer Alan Walker was a mere 18 years old when his track, Faded, became a massive European hit, topping the charts in ten countries and entering the Top Five in six more. Born August 24, 1997 in Northampton, England to a Norwegian mother and British father, Walker moved with his family to Bergen, Norway at the age of two. A true post-millennial child, Walker grew up surrounded by technology and became fascinated by computers.
In 2012, Walker began to create his own music on his laptop, inspired by EDM producers K-391 and Ahrix, and film composers Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer. Working in the genre of “drumstep,” a kind of slowed-down drum ‘n’ bass, he eventually uploaded the instrumental track Fade, which was soon picked up and re-released via the No Copyright Sounds (NCS) YouTube channel and free net label that promoted the two aforementioned EDM artists. Fade was a huge success, eventually garnering a staggering 65 million hits, and was followed by two more equally cinematic (if somewhat less popular) songs, Spectre and Force.
The major labels soon took notice, and in 2015, Walker signed to Sony Music. His first single for the label was Faded, a reworked version of Fade featuring uncredited lead vocals by fey Oslo pop singer Iselin Solheim. Driven by Solheim’s angelic, ethereal vocal, a melancholy yet catchy melody, and punchy, high-quality production the song topped the charts in Sweden (where it went nine-times platinum), Germany, France, Italy, his native Norway, and elsewhere around the world. A dark, dystopian music video was shot in a number of crumbling post-industrial locations in Estonia. Walker later released a stripped-back acoustic “restrung” version of Faded, with all the EDM elements taken out. Walker made his live debut at the X Games in Oslo in February 2016, and followed this up with a series of high-profile festival appearances.
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