Eighteen-year-old Alan Walker produced "Faded" exactly the same he's been producing music since age 14 — as part of his bedroom at his parent's home in Bergen, Norway.
But now, the dizzying, beautifully lonesome EDM track, featuring vocals from Norwegian singer-songwriter Iselin Solheim, may be the the most Shazam-ed song on the planet, for some other 150 million streams on Spotify and nearly 65 million YouTube views.
On the Spotify Global Top 50 chart, it sits at No. 9, right behind Justin Bieber's "Sorry."
Speaking to Mashable from Norway, Walker said the that despite the fact that "Faded" is really just a condensed version of 2014's hourlong instrumental "Fade" with Solheim's vocals added, the song's success "kind of exited nowhere."
Walker first commenced producing songs four years ago. He was enjoying a song by DJ Ness, and reached to the Italian DJ to learn how he produced his music. He makes all his music on his laptop with FL Studio, called FruityLoops, a typical program for novices.
Now Walker's produced "30 or 40" songs overall, but "Faded" marks his first single with Sony Music Sweden, along with the first to accomplish such global success.
While info is slim, Walker says he's currently implementing his next single that she teased is within the same style as "Faded" but "changes it up" a lttle bit. He just performed on the X Games in Oslo which is planning on touring soon, including stops in the States.
And while he'd consider producing pop music "in over time," he admits that, "for the time being, I want to be in the EDM world."