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Poll 2021: Kygo

From: Norway
Since his meteoric rise in the mid-2010s, culminating in a billion Spotify streams less than two years after his first release, Kygo has remained a formidable figure on the world dance music stage. The tropical house behemoth considers himself a pianist first and foremost, and this year saw him release ‘Gone Are The Days’, a piano-led homage to his earliest musical love. EDM fans needn’t have worried, however, as he returned later in the year with ‘Love Me Now', a typical sun-kissed Kygo track featuring the German songwriter Zoe Wees. The tail-end of last year also saw him revisit his penchant for remixing soul classics, this time from Tina Turner and Donna Summer.
Summer 2021 also saw the first edition of Kygo’s own Palm Trees Festival in the Hamptons, NY. Also hosting the likes of Frank Walker, Zedd, Gryffin and Forester, the festival added yet another string to the Norwegian songwriter’s already impressive bow.

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2021-10-06 09:28

Tropical house
Best known for: 
His remix of Whitney Houston’s ‘Higher Love’.

Poll 2020: Kygo

Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll aka Kygo is a Norwegian DJ and record producer who has a reported net worth of $25 million, and he isn't even 30 yet. A lot of that is down to his tireless work rate, which he has managed to keep up even without any shows to play around the world in 2020. 
In April of this year he released ‘I'll Wait’ with vocals by Sasha Sloan, and then in the same month put out 'Freedom' with Moroccan-English singer Zak Abel. News of his ‘Golden Hour’ album followed in May, as did another track, this one with OneRepublic, called ‘Lose Somebody’. Another single followed with Valerie Broussard, who he has previously worked with on ‘Think About You’, as did yet another single and then a massive remix of Tina Turner's ‘What's Love Got to Do with It’. 
All of this recently helped the young star pass four million fans on Instagram, while he has also reported that his ‘Golden Hour’ album has already passed one billion streams on Spotify.

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 10:59

"Tropical house"
Best known for: 
"His remix of Whitney Houston’s ‘Higher Love’."

Poll 2019: Kygo

Kygo is a hugely busy man. In 2019 the Norwegian, who is still not 30 years old, put out his third album in as many years. He also released his first song in Norwegian, featuring Scandi-rappers Store P and Lars Vaular, and hooked up with Rita Ora for the ‘Detective Pikachu’ soundtrack. 
His biggest success was his remix of Whitney Houston’s cover version of Steve Winwood’s song ‘Higher Love’. The track shot to the No.1 slot on Billboard magazine’s Dance Club Songs chart, making it Houston’s highest-charting posthumous release to date. 
Like many of the stars in our poll, Kygo traversed the globe numerous times, taking his big mix of progressive, tropical, vocal and uplifting house to major clubs and festivals everywhere, while also kicking off his spectacular residency at Wynn Las Vegas. 
In addition, Kygo raised over $110,000 for the LGBT Community at the UTOPIA Pride event and managed to find time to launch his own line of headphones. He is such a well-known face in America that he’s a frequent guest on daytime TV shows — Kygo is someone who has fully crossed over.

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-18 09:38

Tropical house
Best known for: 
His remix of Whitney Houston’s ‘Higher Love’

Poll 2018: Kygo


From: Norway
DJ style: Tropical

This Norwegian bright spark rose up the Top 100 DJs poll over the last three years, but has slipped eight places this year. Kygo may only still be the tender age of 27, but the achievements he’s made since he stormed into the dance music world way surpass his years.

His productions regularly top the charts, including a debut album ‘Cloud Nine’ that included massive collaborations with John Legend, Labyrinth, Tom Odell and Julia Michaels, the latter of which he performed to over 75,000 people at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro...impressive! His second album ‘Kids In Love’ hit the shelves last November and spurred his biggest world tour yet — with 22 shows in ten different countries in Europe alone. Locations included Finland, Denmark, France, Ireland, Canada and the USA. The last few months he’s continued the jet-set life with gigs in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Korea and more; does Kygo ever stop? We think not...


Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-11 12:59

Poll 2015: Kygo

New Entry

Tropical beats? Sure, Kygo’s got some. Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, our highest new entry from Bergen, Norway — a beautiful city that sparkles with cold, glacial fjords and snow atop its windswept peaks — has been busy warming up house music in 2015 with his beach-ready vibes.

Hailed by fans and peers alike as the harbinger of change to an electronic music scene in need of new life, the young artist makes his DJ Mag Top 100 debut in his biggest year to date…

with no signs of slowing down. From the release of his first original single, ‘Firestone’, which amassed over 100 million YouTube views, to headlining some of the world’s biggest festivals, Kygo assures us that “the whole year has been amazing.”

Closing out the LIVE stage at Ultra Music Festival with the debut of his new show and playing the Mojave Tent at Coachella are at the top of his favorite moments list, but of course, it’s hard to choose just one or two from a year full of musical madness.

As expected, there have been some crazy moments, too — such as preparing to perform at the finale of Germany’s Next Top Model and having to evacuate the arena due to a bomb threat. We’d say that qualifies, but we’re pretty sure that 2016 will bring even more for this rising star as he continues to warm hearts and dancefloors the world over with his uplifting, laidback grooves. 


Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-13 11:53

Tropical House
Best known for: 
Bergen, Norway
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“I think so, but we as artists have a responsibility to change things up and continue pushing the boundaries of what electronic music is.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“At times, of course, but going on stage and performing is always the best remedy for me.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“My family for sure.”


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