By now most of us have heard of acts like Avicii and Diplo. Their remixes have many times been better than the original songs themselves. They’ve worked their way from basement studios to headlining major shows across the world. While we love these artists there is another dj slowly but surely making his way to the front of the pack. He has everyone wanting to get to know the world’s next big dj. Get to know Kygo.
Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, who goes by the stage name Kygo, is a twenty-three year old dj and record producer from Bergen, Norway. Do not let his age fool you. This guy has serious talent and a strong drive to make it far in the industry. His sound can be described mostly as “deep/tropical house”, though some of his releases have been a bit more down tempo at times. Either way he has a sound that is very unique to the industry. He has really shown his versatility in producing both fast and slow tracks which is a fresh take that I believe the remix world has needed to expand their genre to an even wider audience.
Kygo’s love of music began early in his life when he started playing piano at the age of six. He turned in his piano for a MIDI keyboard when he was fifteen and began teaching himself how to use Logic Studio via tutorials on Youtube. It wasn’t long after this that he began releasing his own mixes on Soundcloud and Youtube where he has amassed a whopping 200 million plus views.
He gained worldwide attention in June 2014 for his remix of Ed Sheeran’s song “I See Fire”. It made its way in to the Top 40 in Romania, where it remained for 14 weeks, topping in at number two. In December 2014 he released his first single “Firestone” after signing with Sony International and Ultra Records. Not long after this he was asked by Chris Martin of Coldplay to remix their song “Midnight”, which gained even more attention from fans worldwide. He has also done remixes with and for Avicii and Diplo, which lead to him actually replacing Avicii at the mainstage during TomorrowWorld due to health concerns in 2014.
He has continued to mix throughout 2015 and released his second single “Stole the Show” to rave reviews back in March. He continues to not only work on his remixes but is currently taking part in a nationwide tour that has already sold out in most areas. I have no doubt that he will continue to make his name known worldwide and continue to release a solid set of mixes and original songs that will shoot him straight to the top. It is only a matter of time before Kygo is not only replacing Avicii on the mainstage but in the charts. I have no doubts that Kygo is a name that will soon be crossing multiple genres as he continues to shake up the music world with his unique style and sound.