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Despite emerging into the music scene at a young age, Norwegian DJ and producer Alan Walker proves that nothing’s impossible with ardent passion and persistent grit.

Having supported acts the likes of Rihanna and Justin Bieber, Walker initially started producing music only in his bedroom for the record label NoCopyrightSounds. This then led to the roaring success of his single, Faded, and a series of follow-up singles currently dominating the EDM scene.

 

We spoke to Walker about the symbolism in his music videos, his views on being a DJ, and a whole lot more in the interview below.

 

1. What kind of music did you listen to growing up and how did it influence your music now?

Techno music was my music of preference. That was also part of the reason for me wanting to pursue music production. After watching movies, I also gained an interest for film scores, so that has definitely influenced my music as well. Especially when it comes to melodies.

 

2. How do you choose vocalists for your songs? Is there a main criteria that you follow?

It varies from song to song. For Tired, I was actually presented with the demo vocals from Gavin James to begin with. And for Faded, we ended up going with Iselin Solheim’s vocals, even though she was initially intended for demo only. It was just so great, and went well with the song.

 

3. Prior to your success in the EDM scene, you were interested in computer programming and graphic design. How much did your interests in such areas impact your career in music?

It had a lot to say in developing my visual identity as an artist, and is something that you can find traces from in my artwork, logos, videos, and more.

 

4. The music videos for Alone and Faded start with characters with masks on, which they later take off at the end of the video. Can you explain the symbolism behind that recurring concept?

The mask is not about me wanting to hide my identity. Actually, I wear the mask to symbolize that people are all the same and all equal. For me, anyone could be the person behind the mask, and anyone can achieve amazing things.

 

5. How do you keep track of ideas you randomly get when you're touring?

That’s a good question. I’ll have to record or write them down somewhere, or share the idea with someone else in order to not forget it.

 

6. Can you share with us one song that you adore and wish you could've produced yourself?

My all-time favorite is ‘Time’ by Hans Zimmer.

 

7. Do you prefer to be a member of an audience or playing for a crowd? Why?

I enjoy both, actually. There’s nothing better than being on stage. But I also like to attend a show as a regular fan, especially with some of the artists I like.

 

8. Many EDM producers are drawing the lines between being a DJ and an artist. They think being an artist is more than just about the "drops" in their songs. What element in your music do you think sets you apart from the usual stereotypical impressions of being a DJ?

First of all, it’s important to note that you can still be either a DJ or an artist, without being both. And there’s obviously a lot of artists who don’t DJ, and vice versa. Also, I agree that being an artist is more than just creating drops. The music that is released by the most successful artists today is clearly a testament to that, because they are often complete tracks and not just driven by drops. You can see that on the charts as well, as EDM music has been a part of the top charts in recent time.

 

9. Which festival that you've played at is the most memorable for you and why?

Probably Main Stage at Tomorrowland this year. It was amazing!

 

10. Name 3 musicians that you can't stop listening to right now.

It varies from time to time. But at the moment: Hans Zimmer, Kygo and Armin Van Buuren

 

 

Photo Credit: Rikkard Häggbom

Published in Interview
Thursday, 29 December 2016 17:47

6 Worst Songs of 2016… That We Loved Anyway

2016 has been a year for great high-quality music.

From the likes of rap god Kanye West to queen Beyoncé, the legendary David Bowie to Radiohead, and Chance the Rapper to Frank Ocean. Nevertheless, 2016 was also filled with duds that were forced upon us, whether we like it or not.

Here are three songs we couldn’t get away from no matter how bad it was… simply because it was promoted everywhere despite how bad it was from the very start.

 

Maroon 5 – Don’t Wanna Know (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Uninspired, boring and a Kendrick verse that adds nothing for the song. Possibly the worst Maroon 5 ever laid to tape.

 

Lukas Graham – 7 Years

Cheesy and unappealing to anyone below the age of 40, how this song got big bewilders me.

 

The Chainsmokers – Closer (Feat. Halsey)

Playing this song at the club is the easiest way to clear the dancefloor. I’ve got a feeling even Halsey regrets jumping on this song.

 

Alan Walker – Faded

It features everything a successful EDM song has these days without changing anything up. Pitched vocals, the same drop, and a staple on every clubs’ decks. Kill this song with fire.

 

Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)

The original had nice instrumentals and pristine vocals but this remix killed the entire vibe Mike Posner was going for and guess what, it became the hit song he never had. I feel bad for him honestly…

 

The Black Eyed Peas - #WHERESTHELOVE (Feat. The World)

The intentions were good but I have never heard any artist completely kill off their hit song like this. Why will.i.am?

Photo Credit: Beatport, Billboard

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