Kygo, born September 11, 1991, is an extremely popular house DJ who rose to fame with his remix of pop star Ed Sheeran’s music. After being born in Singapore, he relocated to Norway and spent the majority of his childhood there. Despite having played music since a young age, he realized music is his true calling only as a young adult and left university to pursue his passion. Within just a year of the release of his first single, he was playing at some of the world’s largest electronic music dance festivals and concerts. He has also made history in the EDM industry by reaching milestones previously thought not possible for house disc jockeys. Help us celebrate his birthday here today!
Kygo is a renowned Norwegian DJ and music producer. Kygo, whose real name is Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, was born in Singapore. His parents are Norwegian and the family subsequently relocated to Tonsberg, Norway, where Kygo spent a large part of his childhood. He started learning to play the piano when he was six years old. He began producing music using Logic Studio, an Apple music production program, and an electronic keyboard in his mid-teens.
Kygo signed with Romanian record label Ensis Records and released his first single, “Epsilon”, in 2013. The song wasn’t extremely popular but the following year, he released a song called “Firestone” that put him on the international house music map. He supported the late Swedish DJ Avicii at the Norwegian Findings Festival and replaced his set at Tomorrowland that same year. He also collaborated with Avicii to produce a remix of the pop-rock band Coldplay’s song “Midnight” that year. In 2015, he became the first artist on Spotify to reach one billion streams. He released his first complete album, “Cloud Nine”, in 2016.
He became the first house music artist to perform at the Olympics closing ceremony when he played at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Two years later, “Billboard” magazine ranked him #3 on their top Dance 100 list. He was also ranked number 32 on “DJ Mag” magazine’s list of 100 top DJs that year. Also in 2018, Kygo launched his record label, Palm Tree Records, in conjunction with Sony Music Entertainment and his manager, Myles Shear. He continued to release music throughout the late 2010s and early 2020s with some of the biggest names in the pop music industry including Selena Gomez, One Republic, and Zara Larsson.
Kygo releases his first song “Epsilon”.
Kygo is the first musician to reach one billion streams on Spotify.
After years of releasing singles, Kygo releases his first complete album, “Cloud Nine”.
He becomes the first house DJ to perform at an Olympics closing ceremony.
Kygo establishes his record label, Palm Tree Records, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment.
Why We Love Kygo
He supports LGBT people
Kygo is an advocate for the LGBT community not only in Norway, his country of origin but across the globe. He once donated 50,000 USD to Ugandan LGBT rights advocate Frank Mugisha, saying, “Everyone should be permitted to live with one’s sexual orientation. That is not the situation in Uganda and quite a few countries across the world.”
In addition to supporting LGBT causes financially, he has also worked on other charitable causes. He has collaborated with Electric Family, an electronic dance music lifestyle brand, to produce a bracelet to raise funds for the medical non-governmental organization Doctors without Borders.
He’s down to earth
Many celebrities exclusively date other celebrities or high-profile stars but Kygo prefers to keep things real. His most recent former partner, Maren Platou, is an influencer now but she was studying to be a nurse while the couple was together.
5 Surprising Facts
He’s a soccer fan
Kygo enjoys watching soccer and despite not being English, his favorite team is Manchester United.
Kygo performed at three F1 Grand Prixs
The DJ has played at Formula 1 Grand Prix races in Mexico, America, and Bahrain.
His stage name is from high school
The name Kygo was his high school username for the digital platform his school used.
He traveled the world as a child
His father, Lars, worked in the maritime industry, and the family lived in many countries during Kygo’s childhood including Japan, Egypt, Kenya, and Brazil.
He studied business and finance
Kygo had completed half a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Scotland when he decided to pursue music full-time.
How do you pronounce Kygo’s name?
The English pronunciation is kaɪɡoʊ (kai-goh)
Does Kygo speak English?
Yes, most of his music is written and produced in English.
What program does Kygo use?
Mostly Akai EIE Pro.
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