We speak to the man behind mammoth EDM hits ‘Faded’ and ‘Sing Me To Sleep’, and uncover more from the rising hitmaker.
Alan Walker might have yet to become a household name in the international DJ scene like Calvin Harris or Diplo, but perhaps he prefers it that way. For starters, he unapologetically thrives from the comfort of anonymity, preferring to wear a mask and black hoodie in his music videos and onstage performances. And the reason for his unique take on his attire of choice? “It has become a part of my uniform. I wear it to symbolize that people are all the same and all equal. I like to believe that anyone could be the person behind the mask, and anyone can achieve amazing things.”, he shares with us.
His classic ensemble has already caught on with his fans, affectionately named ‘Walkers’, that deck themselves out in similar garb as the Norwegian producer devotedly. And despite not having an instantly recognisable face, his social media following amassed is certainly significant. Thanks to behind the scenes photos of his tour adventures, documents of his explosive live sets and clips of remix videos, his Facebook and Instagram accounts boast close to 2 million followers each, concrete proof of his rising stardom. “One Walker from China even brought me a book which included every single post about me from social media. She had literally printed all of my posts from social media and pasted them into the book. I was speechless, that’s crazy!”, he revealed, on what’s the craziest thing a fan has done for him.
It’s safe to say that the 20-year-old wunderkind has already been fully inducted into the EDM family as well, becoming fast friends with the likes of Steve Aoki and naming Kygo, Martin Garrix and Tiësto as “true inspirations”. But his focus continuously remains firmly on the music. “[My proudest remix] is probably my remix of either Sia’s ‘Move Your Body’, or Coldplay’s ‘Hymn For The Weekend’ and I wouldn’t mind collaborating with a Top 40 artist as long as it fits the song”, he shares. His decision to release singles over an album is also for good reason. “I might do either an EP or an album one day. [But] personally, I think it’s more beneficial to release singles and continue your name in that way. Especially now, when the market is more or less driven by singles and not albums. And I would say that it has worked out fine for me so far”.
And it seems it might not be long before we get the opportunity to catch him light up our shores again. Following a jubilant set at last year’s Zoukout Festival which saw the DJ leaping off the deck amidst his chart-topping singles, he promises that it’ll be sooner rather than later before fans can catch him in action. “I promise that I will be back! I don’t know when, but I definitely will be back there!” he guarantees. We’ll hold you to your word Alan, and grab a black mask while we’re at it.
Watch Alan Walker’s latest video for ‘Tired’ featuring Gavin James below:
Featured image: Rikkard Häggbom/RCA Records
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