Eighteen-year-old Alan Walker produced “Faded” much the same way he’s been producing music since age 14 — in their 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, will be the the most Shazam-ed song on the globe, with 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” will be just a condensed version of 2014’s hourlong instrumental “Fade” with Solheim’s vocals added, the song’s success “kind of left nowhere.”
Walker first began producing songs four years ago. He was paying attention to a song by DJ Ness, and reached over to the Italian DJ to learn how he produced his music. He makes all his music on his laptop with FL Studio, referred to as FruityLoops, one common program for novices.
Now Walker’s produced “30 or 40” songs as a whole, but “Faded” marks his first single with Sony Music Sweden, along with the first to attain such global success.
While information and facts are slim, Walker says he’s currently implementing his next single that he teased is within the same style as “Faded” but “changes it up” a tad. 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 states, “for the time being, I want to be in the EDM world.”