DJ Kygo on ‘mission’ to return to India

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) Norwegian DJ, record producer and musician Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, popularly known by his stage name Kygo, had an “incredibly humbling experience” when he played for thousands of music aficionados in India last December. And now, he is making it a mission to return to the country on his own terms.

Kygo, who has given hits like “Firestone” and “Nothing left”, was in the country when he performed at the Sunburn Goa 2015 in December.

“It was my first time playing in the sub-continent and it was really special. The atmosphere from the moment I touched down in Delhi to when I left Goa was just unbelievable. I only wish I got to spend some more days in the region but I had to catch a flight to get to my New Year’s eve concert,” Kygo said in a statement.

How was the crowd of Goa different from his other shows?

“You can never quite know when you’re about to play a festival whether the people are there for you as an artiste or for the festival experience and I think that’s what made a huge difference for me there.”

“Everyone who was present knew all my tracks, from my very first remixes all the way to my latest releases. It was an incredibly humbling experience,” he said.

He wasn’t able to play a tourist during his brief stay in the country. So he hopes to come back to India and explore it.

“I only got to be in Delhi for a couple of hours at the airport before my connecting flight to Goa and Sunburn was right after I landed. I’m making it a mission of mine to return to India on my own terms next time,” he said.

As for the food, he likes “spicy stuff”, so he felt at home with the Indian food.

“I had some fresh fried fish at my hotel in Goa which I was told was one of the local specialties,” said the artiste, who started taking piano lessons when he was six years old.

“When I was around 15 or 16, I quit the lessons and started composing my own melodies and it all changed when I first heard Avicii in 2009 or 2010. I got so inspired by his simple, yet catchy melodies that I bought Logic Studio and a MIDI keyboard and started to produce electronic music.

“He’s definitely the biggest inspiration I have in dance music. Then from pop, it’s listening to the likes of Coldplay and taking inspiration from the way they put together their music,” said Kygo.

Anyone he wants to collaborate with?

“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 love finding talents to pair my music with such as Conrad on ‘Firestone’, Parson James with ‘Stole the show’ and Will Heard on ‘Nothing left’,” he said.

Kygo is also set to release an album soon.

“Yes, I am releasing an album. It’s been in the works for a while now and should be coming out over the coming months,” said the DJ, whose resolution for 2016 is a simple one – travel to some new parts of the world with his music.

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