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, would be the the most Shazam-ed song on the globe, to 150 million streams on Spotify and nearly 65 million YouTube views. Check Alan Walker Faded sheet music page.
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 began producing songs four years ago. He was hearing 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, referred to as FruityLoops, a standard program for starters.
Now Walker’s produced “30 or 40” songs as a whole, but “Faded” marks his first single with Sony Music Sweden, as well as the first to attain such global success.
While facts are slim, Walker says he’s currently implementing his next single that he teased is incorporated in the same style as “Faded” but “changes it up” somewhat. He just performed with the X Games in Oslo and is particularly 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.”