Alan Olav Walker ( born Alan Olav Walker ; born August 24, 1997 , Northampton , UK ) is an Anglo-Norwegian music producer and DJ. He became known in 2015 after the release of the single “ Faded ”, which received platinum status in several countries and collected more than 2.7 billion views on YouTube. In 2018, he released his debut studio album, Different World. As of 2019, it takes 27th place in the list of the best DJs in the world according to DJ Magazine.
Born August 24, 1997 in Northampton , UK. When he was 2 years old, he moved to Bergen ( Norway ) with his sister Camilla, brother Andreas, Norwegian mother Hildi Omdal Walker and English father Philip Alan Walker. Growing up in the digital era, Alan early became interested in computers, which later entailed a passion for programming and graphic design.
At age 14, Alan began to create music on his computer using the program FL Studio, originally under the pseudonym DJ Walkzz. One of his first works was the track “Celebrate”, created on October 7, 2012. In 2014, his track “Fade” attracted attention after its release on August 17 and was re-released on November 19 by the British record label NoCopyrightSounds. In 2015, this label also released its tracks “Specter” and “Force”.
In 2013, Walker created his own logo, consisting of the intertwined letters “A” and “W” based on the initials of his name. A distinctive feature of Walker’s public image is the wearing of a black hood and scarf mask, emphasizing the emphasis on anonymity. “A lot of people ask me why I wear a mask. A mask is more a sign and a symbol of unity and similarity with each other, and not my difference, ”Walker said behind the scenes from the video clip“ Alone ”.
2015—2016: trilogy “Faded, Sing Me To Sleep, Alone”
In 2015, Walker signed a contract with Sony Music Sweden. His first single was the track ” Faded “, which is a modified version of “Fade” featuring vocalist Iselin Solheim , released December 3, 2015. A video clip of the song was shot in Estonia , in the vicinity of Tallinn. After the release, the song topped the Norwegian hit parade VG-lista, fell into the charts of Sweden, Germany, France, Italy and other countries. This single has gained immense popularity, breaking the mark of 2.6 billion views on YouTube. The clip is also included in the top 10 “most liked videos” video hosting. In an interview, Alan said that the creation of music was inspired by such performers as Ahrix, K-391, as well as soundtracks for various films. Following the global success of “Faded,” Alan left high school and is currently performing at concerts, continuing to create new music. His debut performance took place at the World Extreme Games in Oslo.
June 2, 2016 released a new song – ” Sing Me to Sleep “. Iselin Solheim also participated in the vocal accompaniment of the track. The video clip was shot in Hong Kong. The song fell into the charts of many countries and received many music certifications , including “platinum” in Sweden.
On December 1, 2016, he released a new song – “ Alone ”, which currently has more than 900 million views and more than 7 million likes on YouTube. The video clip was shot in Norway, in the city where Alan – Bergen spent his childhood. The vocal accompaniment in the song was Nuni Bao. Gunnar Mane, manager and co-author, spoke about this track :
” “Alone” is a song about unity. This is Alan’s third single and the final part of a trilogy consisting of “Faded”, “Sing Me To Sleep” and “Alone”. The video shows the story of how Alan started making music in his room… and how after he started talking with his fans around the world. In the end, we showed how they all come together from all over the world to meet with Alan in his hometown. “
Later, December 23, 2016, Alan released another track – «Routine», which is a joint effort with the Spanish producer David Wesley. Previously, they had other collaborations (Whistle then performed under the pseudonym DJ Ness ).
2017—2018: new songs and the first studio album
On February 15, a video clip for the song “Back to Beautiful” , which was created jointly with Walker, was published on the YouTube channel of the American singer and actress Sophia Carson. On April 7, Alan released an instrumental version of the track “Ignite”, recorded in collaboration with the Norwegian music producer K-391. On May 19th, Alan’s new single, “Tired”, was released, recorded in collaboration with Irish singer Gavin James ru en . On May 27, the first episode of Alan’s documentary series called Unmasked was released , which tells about Walker’s life and his formation as a music producer and DJ. June 9, Alan released a new track – «Sky», created in collaboration with the Danish music producer Alex Skrinda ( Eng. Alex Skrindo ). In July 2017, Alan took part in the Tomorrowland festivalas a headliner on the main stage . On September 15, 2017, Alan introduced a new single entitled “The Specter,” which is a modified version of his 2015 track, “Specter” . On October 26, the new single “All Falls Down” was released with the participation of singer Noah Cyrus and producer of Digital Farm Animals .
On November 19, 2017, Alan Walker’s YouTube channel crossed the 10 million subscribers mark, thereby becoming the most signed channel in Norway. At the moment, the channel has more than 30 million subscribers.
On May 11, 2018, a joint song by Alan Walker and K-391 called “Ignite” was released, an instrumental version of which was released a year earlier. The track was recorded by Norwegian singer Julie Bergan ru en and South Korean pop singer Synri . July 27, 2018, Alan released a new single called «Darkside», with the participation of the Norwegian singer Tomin Harket and Spanish singer of Au / Ra. September 28, 2018 Alan released a new single with Sofia Somaggio called “Diamond Heart”. On November 30, Alan Walker announced the single “Different World” from his upcoming debut studio album of the same name, which will be released on December 14 .
On December 14, 2018, Alan’s debut album, Different World , was released, which included the most sensational hits “Faded”, “Sing Me to Sleep” and “Alone”, as well as previously released singles and completely new songs .