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If you do the same thing all the time, it’s not very challenging.
I’ve got a great team around me with my family, manager and label, and we’ve all worked hard together to make things happen.
I started studying business and finance in Edinburgh as a backup plan. I was still making music many hours a day, and when I was at university, the electronic music boom started really taking off globally.
I’d love to work with some of the people I’ve remixed for – Ed Sheeran or Chris Martin or The Weeknd. But it’s not just big names like these guys that I want to collaborate with.
I always knew I wanted to create original material, and after having meetings with all sorts of record labels, I decided that Sony was the right place to do it. They knew what I wanted to make and gave me the freedom to express myself.
I do have in the back of my head that you never know how long it lasts.
Compared to EDM, I feel like there are a lot of girls at my shows.
I get better and better every day, but there is still a lot to learn.
I really enjoy doing remixes, but I don’t want to be known as just a ‘remix artist’ for the rest of my career.
When I’m on the road and it’s super stressful, it definitely affects my music. When I’m hanging out with my friends and my girlfriend and things are good in my life, then it’s better.
Edinburgh is where I started. A lot of the remixes I made were done in my room there, and it was a good place for me to make music.
It’s a cool feeling to see how far my music has been spreading.
2015 has been a crazy year for me, and Spotify have supported me right from the start. It’s an honour to be their Breakout Artist of the year, and I’m super excited to see what we can do together in 2016!
I really do try and play as many festivals as possible.
I am proud to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
Sometimes I can sit at my computer and find a cool sound, or a new synth patch, and get super-inspired by that and make a track based on that sound. But the piano is where I find the inspiration and come up with the melody.
I wouldn’t be where I am without my fans, and I am very thankful for them.
When I look for people to work with, I’m just looking for talented people.
My biggest influence growing up was Avicii, who put me onto creating the sorts of melodies that feature throughout my songs today.
A lot of producers don’t have any musical education. I couldn’t make the music I make without playing the piano.
All my collaborations happen in different ways. Sometimes it’s through a chance meeting at a festival or event, while others can happen just off the back of me liking their music and reaching out.
When I go into a store and find a T-shirt that’s well-designed with a great fabric but the fit is all wrong, the T-shirt is ruined for me.
I get into a zone where I’m really in my own world when I make music.
I started taking piano lessons from the age of six years old. It’s such an essential part of what I do in the production process. I wouldn’t be Kygo today without those piano lessons.
There’s just a completely different vibe at festivals. Everyone gets to hang out and enjoy their favorite music all day. I really do try and play as many festivals as possible!
I get a lot of demos sent my way, and I listen to them, and sometimes they just have something very special.
I really like melodies.
I’m always looking to develop my sound and I’m in the studio whenever I have the time to do this. Always looking ahead!
It’s kind of crazy to see how many people actually listen to my music.
The difference between doing a remix and an original track is that when you do a remix, you obviously already have the original track as a starting point. But with the originals you start from scratch.