Documentary Launch and Party on the Lower East Side
Norwegian artist, producer, pianist and composer who is known for pioneering the now-inescapable tropical house sound celebrated the release of his documentary Stole The Show last night, July 25 at the Lower East Side’s The Metrograph with fellow music stars, executives and celebrities. The doc premieres exclusively today on Apple Music. The 25-year-old bedroom DJ has developed a lofty following exploding with streams on SoundCloud early on and breaking records on Spotify (well over 1 billion streams). Kygo, a collaborator to many has perfected what it is to be an electronic artist by going beyond with slick production and shaping captivating vocals and melodies including recent hits “It Ain’t Me” featuring Selena Gomez, “First Time” featuring Ellie Goulding, others with Parson James, Julia Michaels, Conrad Sewell, Foxes, John Legend, Labrinth, the list goes on.
Kygo (real name Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll) was lauded by Apple Music Head of Content Larry Jackson, manager Myles Shear and Kygo himself spoke prior to the documentary screening. Attendees included Ultra Music founder Patrick Moxey, Adrian Grenier, Rose McGowan, Niki Taylor, Gabriel Kane Day-Lewis, Sofi Tukker, Verite and more enjoyed an open bar and hor d’oeuvres while DJ Rukkus spun a mix of pop, dance and R&B. Kygo and DJ Rukkus (who is Lenny Kravitz’s cousin) performed the appropriate “Stole The Show” hit alongside vocalist Parson James for a memorable finale to the night.
The inspiring documentary chronicles Kygo’s accelerated rise to fame with 2015 smash “Firestone” featuring Conrad Sewell and includes his January 2016 headlining show at Barclays Center, with interviews from many talented and famous friends including Bono, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix and Kygo’s family. Guests of the Apple Music and Kygo Stole The Show screening were able to capture themselves in a custom-designed photo booth with a camera called the Multicam by BOSCO for one-of-a-kind GIF creation that can be posted via social media.
NYCMonthly.com was there live on the blue carpet to speak with Kygo…
What made you want to partner with Apple Music? With so many different platforms out there, why were they the home for you for this project?
I think Apple Music is just doing so much cool stuff, they’re putting so much energy behind all the different artists. And they were interested in this documentary from day one. We started filming it, and they were so interested and they wanted to make this big thing out of it, and I just appreciate that, and I love Apple Music.
What does it mean to you being one of the artists to reach 1 billion streams on Spotify?
That number is just so high, it’s just hard to kind of take it all in. It’s just kind of crazy, I never thought my music was going to be that popular so it’s kind of hard to describe. I’ll just say it’s amazing.
You are noted as a pioneer of the tropical house movement, were there some artists from where you grew up that inspired this sound?
In the beginning I started producing the music, like trying music because of Avicii and that was like how I started getting into this. So, I was very inspired by him in the beginning, and then after a couple years I started making slower music, I started to listening to this DJ from Norway called Finnebassen and a producer from Sweden called Oliver Nelson, and there’s been a couple of people, kind of unknown people that I’ve been inspired by and they kind of made me go into this direction.
What are you hoping people learn about you from this documentary, from your music, your process?
I guess – it’s just about kind of the journey and how chaotic it’s been from time to time, cause it’s been three years and it”s…everything’s been going so fast. And I think they’re gonna be a little surprised to see some of the chaos going on behind the scenes, especially before the Barclays show. They catch that moment really well in this documentary, so I’m excited for them to see that. I wasn’t really prepared for any of it, before like the shows or anything I was just kind of throwing myself out there, and I think that really comes through in that documentary.
Photo Credit: Johannes Lovund