Eighteen-year-old Alan Walker produced “Faded” like 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, would be the the most Shazam-ed song on this planet, 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 started producing songs four years ago. He was enjoying a song by DJ Ness, and reached over to the Italian DJ to discover how he produced his music. He makes all his music on his laptop with FL Studio, generally known 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, plus the first to attain such global success.
While information and facts are slim, Walker says he’s currently taking care of his next single that she teased is incorporated in the same style as “Faded” but “changes it up” a tad. He just performed on the X Games in Oslo and it is planning on touring soon, including stops in the States.
And while he’d consider producing pop music “in however long it takes,” according to him, “for the time being, I want to be in the EDM world.”