Eighteen-year-old Alan Walker produced “Faded” exactly the same way he’s been producing music since age 14 — within his bedroom at his parent’s home in Bergen, Norway.
But now, the dizzying, beautifully lonesome EDM track, featuring vocals from Norwegian singer-songwriter Iselin Solheim, could be the the most Shazam-ed song on the globe, to 150 million streams on Spotify and nearly 65 million YouTube views.
On the Spotify Global Top 50 chart, it sits at No. 9, right behind Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.”
Speaking to Mashable from Norway, Walker said the that although “Faded” is definitely just a condensed version of 2014’s hourlong instrumental “Fade” with Solheim’s vocals added, the song’s success “kind of exited nowhere.”
Walker began producing songs four years ago. He was hearing a song by DJ Ness, and reached in the market to the Italian DJ to discover how he produced his music. He makes all his music on his laptop with FL Studio, often known as FruityLoops, a standard program for newbies.
Faded – Official Video
Now Walker’s produced “30 or 40” songs altogether, but “Faded” marks his first single with Sony Music Sweden, plus the first to attain such global success.
While info is slim, Walker says he’s currently working away at his next single that they teased is with the same style as “Faded” but “changes it up” a little. He just performed for the X Games in Oslo and is also planning on touring soon, including stops in the States.
And while he’d consider producing pop music “in the long run,” he admits that, “for the time being, I want to be in the EDM world.”