This week in Music Spotlight, we’re featuring 21 year-old Norwegian record producer and DJ Alan Walker, who came from learning music production via YouTube tutorials to moving up 38 spots to #17 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ list in 2017. For all you electronic music lovers, this one’s for you.
1) Who influences your music the most?
Hans Zimmer has been my biggest influence. I was fortunate enough to see him live in concert last year, which was amazing. And for my 21st birthday, the great people at YouTube gifted me with a framed note sheet of “Time” by Hans Zimmer, autographed by Zimmer himself. It was an unbelievable gift, as that’s probably my favourite piece of music of all time.
Besides Hans Zimmer, I’m also inspired by various underground artists on YouTube. A lot of my fans are probably aware of this, but that’s actually how I first started to produce music! Also, when it comes to specific artists within my genre, Tiësto is an absolute favourite of mine.
2) What sets your music apart from the rest?
I really try to focus on my own unique sound and melodies, inspired by other artists and remixes. Melody has always been my sweet spot, so it’s often the starting point for my songs.
3) What are you currently working on (musically)?
Right now, I just wrapped up my next single, which I’ve been working on for some time. Can’t wait for you guys to hear it! Also, I’m working on my debut album, which will be released soon as well! It’s been a long time coming!
4) Would you rather speak all languages or be able to speak to all animals?
All animals. Would be great to actually figure out what my dog has on its mind, haha!
Wanna see more from Alan? Be sure to check out his new music video for “Diamond Heart” feat. Sophia Somajo here, and of course, follow him on Tumblr.
HELLO EVERYBODY AND WELCOME BACK TO TUMBLR’S LEAST FAVORITE EVENT: WE’RE DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT EDITION!
My goal for tonight is to help those new to the Vaporwave scene get a better grasp and starting place on what the genre is all about. So as you can see, Vaporwave can be broken up into a ton of sub-genres and the list above is by no means all-encompassing. Worry not though, being able to distinguish between the sub-genres is not nearly as daunting a task as it first seems!
One thing to take away from this list is that there is a lot of contention within the Vaporwave community as to what sub-genres are and are not Vaporwave. For our intents and purposes everything goes, but be warned that Future Funk, Synthwave, and Outrun are often considered the outsiders.