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You may identify him by his trademark mask and hoodie, yet behind the mysterious character is the Norwegian artist, DJ and producer Alan Walker. With more than 50 billion audio and video streams worldwide, and over 115 million followers across social media, it is safe to say that the 24-year old has already put a lasting imprint on the music scene since he first made his mark few years ago.
Born in Northampton, England to a Norwegian mother and British father, Walker moved with his family to Bergen, Norway, at the age of two. Being a true post-millennial child, he grew up surrounded by technology and became fascinated by programming, gaming and graphic design. Inspired by EDM pioneers as well as his natural love for film scores, Walker quickly converged his inspiration and musical influences when he first started to experiment with music production. He shared his creations with the world, making use of the tools of the digital age, with early tracks gaining traction and millions of plays on YouTube and SoundCloud. Through innovative and forward-thinking formats such as online label NoCopyrightSounds, his music was exposed to fans across the globe.
One of these tracks was later re-released as his commercial debut “Faded” at the end of 2015. The single quickly spread like wildfire and has since earned multi-platinum certifications around the world, and billions of plays across streaming services. A string of popular singles has followed, including All Falls Down, Darkside and Alone Pt. II featuring global artists like Noah Cyrus and Ava Max. Through his successful run of releases, Walker has also collaborated with and remixed music from artists like A$AP Rocky, Miley Cyrus, Sia, Bruno Mars, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Coldplay, Kygo, Charli XCX, Julia Michaels and many more.
Today, Alan Walker is one of the most in-demand and sought-after artists on the scene, and a constant figure amongst the 100 most popular artists on Spotify. After claiming the top spot in his native Norway over 7 times, he finally released his massively successful debut album Different World in late 2018. Walker has so far played more than 600 headliner and festival shows, including Coachella, Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, Lollapalooza, as well his own worldwide sold out arena tour The Aviation Tour. Since his 2015 debut, the young star has received multiple awards and nominations, including 4x Norwegian Grammys wins, 3x MTV EMAs wins, a BRIT Awards nomination for Song of the Year, Billboard 21 under 21, and a Billboard Awards nomination - all while being one of the most followed artists in the world.
Beyond the impressive accolades and staggering streaming numbers, is also his own extensive online community of fans – the Walkers. With millions of followers across his social channels, Alan Walker holds a unique position, communicating with the Walkers directly through his fingertips. Through his music, the Walker community finds a sense of belonging and unity amongst each other, and Walkers all share the ideology of Walker’s message, that we can all come together regardless of our background. With the entire world as his playground, and the majority of his career still ahead of him, it’s impossible to predict what the future holds for the young artist - who has quickly become the voice of his generation.