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, would be the the most Shazam-ed song on the planet, with 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 though "Faded" is in fact just a condensed version of 2014's hourlong instrumental "Fade" with Solheim's vocals added, the song's success "kind of left nowhere."
Walker started producing songs four years ago. He was hearing a song by DJ Ness, and reached seem to the Italian DJ to discover how he produced his music. He makes all his music on his laptop with FL Studio, called FruityLoops, a standard program for newbies.
Now Walker's produced "30 or 40" songs in whole, but "Faded" marks his first single with Sony Music Sweden, along with the first to accomplish such global success.
While facts are slim, Walker says he's currently implementing his next single that she teased is with the same style as "Faded" but "changes it up" somewhat. He just performed in the X Games in Oslo and is particularly planning on touring soon, including stops in the States.
And while he'd consider producing pop music "in however long it takes," he states, "for the time being, I want to remain in the EDM world."