Kygo Talks Rio Olympics, U2 Collab & More at The Meadows Festival: Exclusive

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Kygo photographed at 102.7 KIIS FM'S Wango Tango on May 14, 2016. 

He's about to play a double-header at the Hollywood Bowl, but Kygo always has time to sit down and chat with Billboard. The Norwegian superstar sat down with Billboard Dance editor Matt Medved backstage at The Meadows Festival and illuminated fans on his new fashion line, his new album, and more. Of course, we had to ask what it was like playing the Rio Olympics closing ceremony.

“It was pretty surreal for me,” he says. “In the stadium it was 90,000 people I think, but on TV 800 million watching – just crazy. It's hard to describe … I was just very happy. I think it took a couple days for me to actually realize and process what had just happened.”

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Kygo tells Medved that he lived in Rio for six months when he was 14. His parents moved around a lot, it sounds like. The producer was born and lived the first year and a half of his life in Singapore. He made a big return visit a few weeks ago to celebrate his 25th birthday and play a few shows.

“It was a special moment for me to be on my birthday in the city I was born, and it was the first time I've played Singapore as well,” he says. “I've only played four times in Asia now, but every time I go over, they're really into the music. Electronic music is exploding over there right now.”

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He also gave a bit of insight into his mega-collab with U2.

“I played the track in my hometown for the first time just to try it out and see what people would think about it, and the response was good” he says. “It's just amazing for m to be able to work with someone like U2. I've been on the phone with Bono a couple times, he's such a great guy.”

Check the full interview with Kygo below.


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