Trop­i­cal House pi­o­neer DJ KYGO talks to SEAN DINS­MORE ahead of fes­ti­val ap­pear­ances in Hong Kong and Shang­hai

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KYRRE GØRVELL- DAHLL has led some­what of a charmed ex­is­tence. The 26-year-old Nor­we­gian, who per­forms as DJ Kygo, burst onto the scene in 2014 with a hit sin­gle Fire­stone. That song, with its hyp­notic, laid-back

House beat and haunt­ing vo­cal by Con­rad Sewell, helped usher in the Trop­i­cal House phe­nom­e­non which is still de­liv­er­ing No.1 hits for artists from Justin Bieber to Omi.

Kygo gained more in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion with a remix of Ed Sheeran's I See Fire, which clocked up more than 100 mil­lion lis­tens on Sound­Cloud and YouTube. By the sum­mer of 2015, he was head­lin­ing the Bill­board Hot 100 Fes­ti­val in New York. All told, he has ac­cu­mu­lated more than 1 bil­lion lis­tens of all of his sin­gles and was picked to DJ at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the Rio Olympics – the first

House DJ to achieve such an hon­our. To say that things have moved quickly for this young in­no­va­tor would be an un­der­state­ment.

Kygo has re­leased a string of suc­cess­ful sin­gles in the past three years and last year saw the ar­rival of his first stu­dio al­bum, Cloud Nine. Along the way he signed with Sony In­ter­na­tional/Ul­tra Mu­sic, remixed Cold­play and Diplo, head­lined Lol­la­palooza and toured the world. Not bad for a kid who dropped out of uni­ver­sity af­ter two years to pur­sue mu­sic. Kygo started play­ing piano at six and stud­ied un­til aged 16, when he started learn­ing to use Logic pro­duc­tion soft­ware af­ter watch­ing a few YouTube tu­to­ri­als.

In a short space of time he has gone from phe­nom to global su­per­star. We caught up with Kygo for a chat about what he's do­ing and when he's com­ing to Hong Kong and the main­land.

So where are you right now?

I'm in Los An­ge­les, tak­ing a lit­tle break but writ­ing a lot. I'll be head­ing back to Las Ve­gas to con­tinue my res­i­dency at Wynn Las Ve­gas, do­ing their NightSwim pool par­ties. Other than that, I'm still do­ing fes­ti­vals through­out the sum­mer and mak­ing a lot of new mu­sic.

You’re com­ing to Hong Kong and Shang­hai this au­tumn. Are you ex­cited?

I'm com­ing in Septem­ber and I'm very ex­cited. It's my first time. I'll be play­ing the Ul­tra Fes­ti­val in Hong Kong and Storm Fes­ti­val in Shang­hai. I hope I have some days off to re­ally have a look around and check out the lo­cal scenes.

You re­cently had a sin­gle with Se­lena Gomez ( It Ain’t Me) that was a big in­ter­na­tional hit. On your al­bum, you did a track with John Leg­end. Who else would you love to col­lab­o­rate with?

Work­ing with Se­lena was amaz­ing. I mean the song was a bit un­usual for her, I think, lyrics-wise. It's quite a melan­choly song but she brought great emo­tion to it. I just had to find the chords and leave room to breathe, and the song and her voice did the rest. She's re­ally tal­ented. Oth­er­wise, to be hon­est, I'd love to col­lab­o­rate with Ed Sheeran or The Weeknd. I re­ally love their mu­sic and their voices so much. I've remixed them both and we've talked about it, pos­si­bly writ­ing to­gether, but so far we haven't had a chance to sit down and do it. I hope we will.

You’ve been play­ing piano since you were young and you of­ten play live at your shows. I guess you write your own songs?

Yes, I write the mu­sic and I usu­ally work with other artists and song­writ­ers for the lyrics. I also get a lot of demos from young DJs and pro­duc­ers, some of them are re­ally good and when I get one I like, I start work on it. I'm al­ways writ­ing and work­ing out song ideas.

How many demos do you get?

Well, we get a lot of demos. I can't lis­ten to them all, so my man­ager lis­tens too. If he hears some­thing in­ter­est­ing he plays it for me.

“Work­ing with Se­lena was amaz­ing. I just had to find the chords and leave room to breathe, and the song and her voice did the rest. She’s re­ally tal­ented” DJ KYGO

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