Everything you need to know:
- Alan Walker experiments with using AI tools to generate new musical ideas and content by feeding the systems memories, life experiences and creative works
- He seeks out diverse collaborators beyond fame, focusing on raw talent that can take his music in new directions
- Walker is merging AI, gaming and music through pioneering projects like his virtual theme park Walkerworld in Fortnite, which was built with the help of generative art techniques
Have you ever wondered what fuels an artist’s creativity? In a revealing new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, global superstar Alan Walker shares insights into his process and what inspires his beats. From revisiting formative memories to merging gaming and music, Walker pulls back the curtain on his journey. Get an insider look at how he crafts hits and what’s on the horizon.
Alan Walker on AI
In a video interview from his home in Oslo, Alan Walker discussed his views on artificial intelligence in music. When asked about AI, the producer described it as being in a “very early developing stage” that is “cool but a little bit scary.” However, he also noted how much recording technology has advanced, allowing people to create music “from pretty much anywhere and with anyone in the world.” Walker ultimately concluded, “I think for an artist, it’s always important to adapt and see where it will take you. But with AI, it’s really hard to say what the result and outcome will be.”
Walker’s introspective single “Who I Am” saw him reexamining past experiences that shaped him. “We wanted to showcase that through the music video, so you show the upbringing, you show what’s happened in your life,” he explains. Revisiting these memories wasn’t easy but fueled the song’s emotional progression. By understanding his roots, Walker taps into rich creative wells.
When choosing collaborators, Walker looks beyond fame to raw talent. He enjoyed working with emerging artists Putri Ariani and Peder Elias on “Who I Am” due to their distinctive voices and Asian appeal. “I think there’s no point in setting limitations because it could be the next banger with whomever,” Walker remarks. Cross-cultural pairings like this unlock new possibilities in his sonic toolbox.
Alan Walker on Walkerworld in Fortnite
As an avid gamer himself, Walker sees clear synergies between gaming and EDM. He designs tracks like “Better Off (Alone Pt. III)” with gamers and streamers in mind. To deepen engagement, Walker built virtual theme park Walkerworld in Fortnite featuring his discography. Fans can now experience his journey through music and gameplay. The innovative project ushers in a new age where digital worlds and melodies merge seamlessly.
India remains a musical priority
While Walker sat out touring India in 2022, demand from fans there is stronger than ever. “I think we’ll be planning to do some shows around India and maybe explore some new cities that I haven’t been to before,” he affirms. By widening his footprint, Walker hopes to spread unity through rapturous live shows. Expect surprises when this beatmaker returns to enthrall crowds with his distinctive vibes.
To maintain a prolific output, Walker challenged himself to release a single monthly in 2024. “We made the decision to have a little bit of a challenge, and that will be to release one single per month,” he shares. By narrowing his focus, Walker can channel full creativity into each composition versus rushing multiple tracks. Fans win with consistent new music nourished by this patience and precision.
Walker’s interview sheds light on his process of growth through reflection and inviting fresh perspectives. By synthesizing core memories, collaborative spirit and gaming passions, he crafts anthems that resonate globally. With a 2020 Indian tour on the horizon and a song-per-month project, brighter days lie ahead in Walker’s percussion-packed journey.