In a world where almost everyone wears a mask, Alan Walker’s signature look suddenly no longer stands out. But in a way, that’s always been the point: when our identities are hidden, what separates us no longer matters, and we all become one. And for the Norwegian superstar’s adoring fans, known as Walkers, it’s all part of why they love him.
Of course, Walker’s uncanny ability to produce pop-inspired EDM chart-toppers doesn’t hurt. Since his meteoric rise from bedroom producer to international superstar — propelled by his 2015 breakout hit ‘Faded’, which went platinum in over 14 countries, and further fuelled by recent hits like 2019’s ‘Alone, Pt. II’, already at 125 million YouTube views, and 2020’s collab with Ruben, ‘Heading Home’ — Walker has steadily joined the ranks of EDM’s biggest stars.
While COVID may have scuttled his tour plans for the year, which included some of the biggest stadiums and venues on earth, Walker says he’s used the time to “non-stop make music and interact with my fans. The World of Walker never stops evolving, so stay tuned.” We certainly will.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Music, gaming and spending time with my family.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“The crisis is devastating, but it’s creating opportunities that help us to think differently and more creatively in the music business. The future is digital.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“Music has been and always will be something uniting us. From the beginning of my career I’ve believed in this, and the mask has been the symbol for that. Our looks and faces do not matter, at the end of the day we are all the same.”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“The fan community is the most important factor, at least for me. They are the ones listening and enjoying this music every day, and they are the ones that are allowing me to make music. Especially in times like these; I think technology is crucial to bridge the gap between the artists and the fans.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“I guess for me, it is ‘Levels’ by Avicii.”