Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll (Norwegian pronunciation: ['ɕyʷ:ɾə 'gø:rvɛɫ̪ daːɫ̪]; born 11 September 1991), commonly known by his stage name Kygo, is a Norwegian DJ, record producer, songwriter and musician. He garnered international attention with his remix of the track "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran, which has received over 48,7 million plays on SoundCloud and 60 million views on YouTube and his single "Firestone" which has over 320 million views on YouTube with an additional 400 million plays on the music streaming service Spotify, as of August 2016. Kygo has accumulated over 300 million views on his music on SoundCloud and YouTube.

Kygo has after released several singles, such as "ID", "Stole the Show", "Here for You", and "Stay", which have debuted on several international charts. Kygo's debut studio album, Cloud Nine, was released on 13 May 2016. Kygo made history on 21 August 2016 at the 2016 Rio Olympics, when he became the first house music producer to perform at an Olympics closing ceremony. [1]

Life and career

Early life

Kygo was born in Singapore. His father, Lars Gørvell-Dahll, works in the maritime industry and his mother is a dentist. He has an older stepbrother, two older sisters and a younger half-brother, named Sondre. During his younger years, he "liv[ed] travel[ed] with his family in Brazil, Japan, Kenya and Egypt."

Kygo started getting piano lessons at the age of 6. He stopped when he was 15 or 16 and started producing music with Logic Studio and a MIDI keyboard while watching several tutorials on YouTube. When he decided to pursue music full-time he was halfway through a degree in business and finance at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

2014: Breakthrough

On 1 December 2014, he released the single "Firestone", featuring vocals from Conrad (mononym for Conrad Sewell), which gained international recognition and debuted on several charts worldwide. After receiving over 80 million views on YouTube and SoundCloud, Kygo was contacted by both Avicii and Chris Martin of Coldplay to create an official remix of the song "Midnight". He has additionally supported Avicii at Findings Festival in Oslo, Norway, in 2014. On 19 September 2014, it was confirmed that Kygo was to replace Avicii at mainstage in TomorrowWorld, due to Avicii's health concerns.

He was additionally featured in an interview for the official Billboard magazine, where he talked about his remixes for Diplo and Coldplay, and talked about his upcoming tour in North America. In July 2014, Kygo partnered with EDM lifestyle brand to produce a collaboration for which one hundred percent of the proceeds are donated to Doctors Without Borders. In that same month, he signed a record label deal with Sony International and Ultra Music.

2015–present: Cloud Nine and Kygo Life

 

In February 2015, Kygo's song "ID" was featured in the official trailer for Ultra Music Festival. The same track is additionally featured on FIFA 16, a popular video game by EA Sports. In August 2015, Kygo was a featured headliner at Lollapalooza in Chicago, one of the biggest music festivals in the world. He made his U.S. television debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden in October 2015.

On 21 March 2015, he released his second single, titled "Stole the Show", which as of 11 April 2015, had 1.4 million online streams. On 31 July 2015, he released his third single, "Nothing Left", featuring Will Heard. "Nothing Left" reached number one on the Norwegian Singles Chart. On 4 September 2015, he released his fourth single, titled "Here for You", featuring Ella Henderson, which was revealed to be the vocal version of the song "ID" that was released as part of the Ultra Music Festival.

Three months later, his fifth single, "Stay", produced with fellow Norwegian record producer William Larsen and featuring vocals by Maty Noyes, was released on 4 December 2015.

After the release of the single, Kygo announced that he was embarking on a worldwide tour to promote his debut studio album. Soon after, he revealed that his debut studio album was going to be released on 19 February 2016, but was delayed to a later date. He, instead, released a teaser of the songs that he was working on that were on his debut studio album and released it through SoundCloud.

In the beginning of March 2016, Kygo officially announced and confirmed his debut studio album was going to be released on 13 May 2016, under the title Cloud Nine. He additionally announced that he would be releasing three promotional singles, leading up to the release of the album. The first of these singles, which was released 18 March 2016, was entitled "Fragile", which features vocals and was collaborated with Labrinth. The second single came out on 1 April 2016, and was called "Raging", which features vocals from the Irish band Kodaline and was additionally co-written by James Bay. The third and last single was released on 22 April 2016 and was entitled "I'm In Love", featuring vocals from James Vincent McMorrow.

Kygo's debut studio album was released on 13 May 2016. Other collaborations were revealed to include Parson James, Tom Odell, Kodaline, Conrad Sewell, John Legend, James Vincent McMorrow, Foxes, RHODES, Matt Corby, Maty Noyes, Julia Michaels and Angus and Julia Stone

Kygo launched a new lifestyle brand called Kygo Life on 17 August 2016. The brand consists of two collections of both high-fashion and relaxed wear, in addition to hardware such as headphones. Kygo Life is at the moment only available in Europe.

He performed "Carry Me" with American singer and songwriter Julia Michaels at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics on 21 August at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, as part of a segment that promoted the new Olympic Channel service launching after the Games.

Philanthropy

In June 2016 NRK said that Kygo is "giving 50 000 USD [...] of the profits [of his sold-out festival on 20 August]" to Frank Mugisha; Kygo was quoted: "Everyone should be permitted to live with one's sexual orientation. That isn't the situation in Uganda and quite a few additional countries across the world".

Discography

Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
NORAUSBELFINGERNLDSWESWIUKUS
Cloud Nine113956421311
  • IFPI SWE: Platinum

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
NORAUSAUTBELFINGERNLDSWESWIUK
"Epsilon"2013 Non-album singles
"Cut Your Teeth" (Kygo Remix)
(with Kyla La Grange)
2014392150 
"Firestone"
(featuring Conrad Sewell)
11054334248Cloud Nine
"ID (Ultra Music Festival Anthem)"2015318376 Non-album single
"Stole the Show"
(featuring Parson James)
153572231324
  • IFPI NOR: 6× Platinum
  • ARIA: Platinum
  • BEA: Platinum
  • BPI: Gold
  • BVMI: Platinum
  • GLF: 5x Platinum
  • RIAA: Gold
Cloud Nine
"Sexual Healing"
(with Marvin Gaye)
23677557 Non-album single
"Nothing Left"
(featuring Will Heard)
1695857115781142679
  • IFPI NOR: 2× Platinum
Cloud Nine
"Here for You"
(featuring Ella Henderson)
99958484712161718
  • IFPI NOR: Gold
  • BPI: Silver
Non-album single
"Stay"
(featuring Maty Noyes)
26730213381031120
  • ARIA: Gold
  • BEA: Gold
  • BPI: Gold
Cloud Nine
"Raging"
(featuring Kodaline)
201624752692662442 
"Carry Me"
(featuring Julia Michaels)
397781133 
"—" denotes a recording that didn't chart or wasn't released in that territory.

Promotional singles

List of promotional singles, with selected chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
NORAUSAUTBEL
(FL)
FINGERNLDSWESWIUK
"I See Fire"2015Non-album single
"Fragile"
(with Labrinth)
20161746987785550109Cloud Nine
"I'm in Love"
(featuring James Vincent McMorrow)
938653999
"—" denotes a recording that didn't chart or wasn't released in that territory.

Other charted songs

List of songs, with selected chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
NORSWE
"Fiction"
(featuring Tom Odell)
201662Cloud Nine
"Happy Birthday"
(featuring John Legend)
94
"Oasis"
(featuring Foxes)
29

Remixes

YearSong titleOriginal artist
2013"Stay"Rihanna (featuring Mikky Ekko)
"The Wilhelm Scream"James Blake
"Limit to Your Love"
"Let Her Go"Passenger
"Caravan"
"Brother"Matt Corby
"Resolution"
"Jolene"Dolly Parton
"Angels"The xx
"No Diggity" vs. "Thrift Shop"Ed Sheeran, Passenger, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
"Can't Afford It All"Jakubi
"Electric Feel"Henry Green
"Dancer"Didrik Thulin
"I Don't Like You"Eva Simons
"High for This"Ellie Goulding
"Sexual Healing"Marvin Gaye
"I See Fire"Ed Sheeran
2014"Younger"Seinabo Sey
"Cut Your Teeth"Kyla La Grange
"Miami 82"Syn Cole (featuring Madame Buttons)
"Wait"M83
"Shine"Benjamin Francis Leftwich
"Midnight"Coldplay
"Often"The Weeknd
"Dirty Paws"Of Monsters and Men
2015"Coming Over" (with Dillon Francis)James Hersey
"Take On Me"A-ha

Production and songwriting credits

TitleYearArtist(s)Album
"Write On Me"2016Fifth Harmony7/27
"Squeeze"

Awards and nominations

YearOrganizationAwardWorkResult
2015YouTube Music AwardsYouTube Music Video Award"Stole The Show"Won
MTV Europe Music AwardsBest Norwegian ActHimselfNominated
2016International Dance Music AwardsBest Break-Through DJWon
Best Break-Through Artist (Solo)Won
Best Chillout/Lounge Track"Stole The Show"Won
Spelleman AwardsSpellemann of the yearHimselfWon
Newcomer of the year / Gramo GrantNominated
Music Video of the Year"Stole The Show"Nominated
Song of the yearWon
"Firestone"Nominated
Electronic Music Awards & FoundationBest New ArtistHimselfPending
Single of the Year"Stole The Show"Pending
MTV Europe Music AwardsBest Norwegian ActHimselfNominated