‘I still get nervous every time,’ Kygo reflects as documentary gets wide release [Interview]
Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, better known as the multitalented tropical house pioneer Kygo, premiered his brand new documentary, “Stole The Show,” at NYC’s Metrograph earlier this week in a star studded red carpet roll out. The feature length film, which has now opened in wide release via Apple Music, traces Kygo’s journey from the early stages of making SoundCloud productions in his dorm room to his career-defining performance at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last year.
Kygo has certainly traveled an accelerated path to stardom, where as Gørvell-Dahll has admitted to thinking that things are moving too fast from time to time.
“I’ve learned so much in the last 3 years,” Gørvell-Dahll told Dancing Astronaut at the premiere. “Everything’s been going so fast, I’ve been traveling around the world meeting so many people working with so many talented artists and I’ve been learning so much.”
After all, it was only three years ago that the now internationally-renowned Norwegian producer was catapulted to fame with his remix of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire.” Within months, the then-23-year-old was caught in the epicenter of a bidding war between some of the biggest labels in music.
Since the launch of his career, he’s been traveling the globe playing at sold-out, world class festivals like Coachella and Creamfields and even hosted his own Cloud Nine-themed music festival in a castle in Norway.
“I was dreaming about this for 6, 7 years in my bedroom before it happened so now being able to do it, its just kind of unreal,” he said.
While many in the dance music community are quick to criticize those who move swiftly through the creative ranks of music making, often calling them commercial “sell outs” or label hustlers, Kygo has remained uniquely unconcerned with changing trends in the industry, focused instead on doing exactly what he loves and keeping his mind trained “110% on music.”
The Sony Music/Ultra signed producer has used his platform as a pipeline for his unique blend of downtempo, tropical, and happy-chill electronic to reach the masses. With his debut album, Cloud Nine, going platinum in five countries, along with an accompanying 22-city World Tour, and a hallmark closing ceremony performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, it’s no wonder the producer has been moving a million miles an hour.
Surprisingly, though, the accoladed producer says, he still gets nervous before performances.
“It’s almost the same because in the beginning,” he says of his nerves. “I was so nervous… I’d play a show for 200 people and I was shitting my pants I was so nervous. I still get nervous every time, but I feel like I’m more comfortable now,”
“I’m actually enjoying it more when I’m on stage because I don’t think about all the things that can go wrong, I just think about ‘ok I’m up here now I have to enjoy the moment’ so I think I’m able to enjoy it more now than in the beginning.”
So how does an instant tastemaker slow down to reflect on his success? By making a movie, of course.
Released exclusively through Apple Music, the film grants viewers an intimate look into his creative process, from working with the likes of global pop stars from Selena Gomez to Ellie Goulding. Featuring testimonials from his manager, Myles Shear, and friends Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, and Bono, the documentary fully details the not-so-visible backstage life of the Norwegian artist.
Still, fans are dying to know what’s next for Kygo. Indeed, rumors have abounded on a sophomore LP in the works, which the man himself says is imminent.
“My plans are just to make a lot of music, hopefully I’ll get that album out and go on a world tour,” he says. “That’s the goal.”
“There’s definitely a lot of people that I want to work with. I have this song with John Newman I’m very excited about. Other than that I’m not gonna spoil too much, but I have some cool stuff in the making.”
For long time fans of this enigmatic and prolific producer, that’s easy to believe.
This article features reporting from Ryan Castillo.