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Alan Walker builds community with unifying progressive house smash hits

Monday 10th, April 2017 / 15:49
By: Vanessa Tam


Image caption: Closing the loop on his own self-education, Alan Walker produces YouTube tutorials to inspire young producers of tomorrow.

VANCOUVER – Bursting onto the scene with his 2015 platinum hit single, “Faded,” Alan Walker is taking the progressive house and EDM worlds by storm.

Growing up in Norway, Walker started making music in 2012 and taught himself everything he knows about music production by watching music production tutorials online. “When I was just starting to make music, I watched YouTube videos of producers showing how they made their sounds,” he explains over the phone after touching down in Mexico for a show.

In the highly competitive world of EDM, where many artists tend to keep their production tools and techniques close to their chests, Walker has chosen to make behind-the-scenes videos on YouTube showing the creative process behind some of his biggest hits. This is his own way of feeding back into the YouTube education pool that first inspired him to start producing music nearly five years ago. “I think that showing the creative process behind the making of the songs can inspire younger people and other producers so they can also get ideas,” he explains.

Having already developed a signature progressive style for his music, which is often layered with ethereal vocals chanting positive messages, Walker has quickly amassed a strong fan base that call themselves “The Walkers” and mirror his signature onstage outfit of a black hoody and a face mask. While admittedly inspired by the hacker group Anonymous and the television show Mr. Robot, Walker maintains that his stage presence isn’t a political statement. “It’s more like a symbol of unity and community and not necessarily a movement,” he says. Which makes sense when considering the positive self-affirming lyrics “I know I’m not alone” from his latest single, “Alone.”

Aside from a rigorous touring and festival schedule, Walker is spending every free moment in the studio to pump out as much new music as possible. “For the time being, it’s only going to be singles. No albums or EPs are planned, all singles pretty much, more featured vocalists — oh, and also remixes.”

Alan Walker performs April 15 at the PNE Coliseum as part of Seasons Festival.

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