Back in 2014, Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll was an aspiring DJ remixing tracks for Soundcloud in his dorm room. But fast-forward three years, and the 25-year-old Norwegian artist has become Kygo — an internationally-renowned producer heralded as the pioneer behind tropical house, who works with the likes of Ellie Goulding and Selena Gomez.
“Definitely, from time to time, I’ve been thinking, ‘this is going so fast,” Kygo tells Billboard. “I wish it could slow down a little bit, so I can actually breathe for a moment.”
And how does such an instant star slow things down and reflect? By making a documentary. Kygo held the official screening of his with Apple Music at The Metrograph in New York City last night (July 25), aptly titled Stole the Show after the Parson James-featuring hit that catapulted him to fame.
Released exclusively through Apple Music, the film tracks Kygo’s rise to stardom, both on and off the stage, culminating with the producer’s career-defining performance at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last year. It also features interviews with fellow dance music giants like Martin Garrix and Steve Aoki along with bites from Bono and Kygo’s own parents.
“It’s been an amazing ride, but it’s also been a kind of chaotic ride, because it’s been going so fast,” the artist continues from the premiere’s blue carpet. “So I just want to show people what it’s like behind the scenes when things suddenly start happening, and you kind of just have to go with it.”
The film also sheds some light on the creative process that has led Kygo to hits like 2015’s “Firestone” and recently “It Ain’t Me.” “Mostly, when I look for people, I look for unique voices, like Ellie Goulding, or Parson James. When you hear the vocal, you recognize them — they have this identity in the vocal,” Kygo says. “I don’t really care if it’s a big name or not, it’s just about if they’re talented. There’s so many talented people out there, people like Parson James, and they deserve so much more attention than they’re getting.”
James reflects on his 2015 Kygo collab “Stole the Show” as the track that “changed my life, in the most positive way possible.” But he couldn’t have predicted its success, either. “I can remember saying whenever I heard his version, ‘oh, this will be cool for the blogs,'” he says at the premiere, laughing. “I’m still trying to process where that song has gone, but it’s amazing, and to have a documentary named after it… that’s mind-boggling.”
Below, check out the trailer for Stole the Show, out now on Apple Music.