Eighteen-year-old Alan Walker produced “Faded” much the same way he’s been producing music since age 14 — as part of 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, may 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 though “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 paying attention to 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, referred to as FruityLoops, perhaps the most common program for novices.
Now Walker’s produced “30 or 40” songs in whole, but “Faded” marks his first single with Sony Music Sweden, along with the first to realize such global success.
While data is slim, Walker says he’s currently taking care of his next single that they teased is within the same style as “Faded” but “changes it up” a tad. He just performed on the X Games in Oslo which is planning on touring soon, including stops in the States.
And while he’d consider producing pop music “in over time,” he admits that, “for the time being, I want to relax in the EDM world.”