The 19-year old DJ, who in January this year was performing his music for his friends and classmates holds concerts for about 30 music festivals worldwide – that is the extent of the phenomenal success the young artist has seen this year. The deal for Walker was overseen by Sony/ATV’s pan-European A&R team, which has so far also worked with Avicii, DJ Felix Jaehn, Klingande, Kygo, Milky Chance and Martin Solveig.
Guy Moot, Sony/ATV UK managing director and president, European creative said:
“This is a great signing for our European A&R team whose policy of working with the best of local talent and taking it international reflects the global music industry we operate in and has allowed countless acts to fully reach their worldwide potential. I am excited that Alan Walker will now be part of this setup. He is an amazing artist and surrounded by an incredibly professional team who we cannot wait to work with.”
Walker’s manager, Gunnar Greve, said: “We are equally grateful and excited about entering what we hope and believe will be a long and prosperous partnership and relationship with Sony/ATV. On the basis of our matching ambitions for and with the creative work of Alan Walker, we are confident that this will enable us to reach the goals we have set out for 2017 and beyond. Our sincerest gratitude to Johnny Tennander, Guy Moot and the rest of the Sony/ATV staff for making this happen.”
Walker’s remix work this year has included “Hymn For The Weekend” for Coldplay and “Move Your Body” for Sia, while he supported Rihanna on the European leg of her 2016 ANTI World Tour and was personally invited to join Tiesto during his headline slot at the Tomorrowland festival in Boom, Belgium in July.