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‘Tropical House’ Progenitor Kygo Talks Road Rage, Bon Iver and Norwegian Tacos

‘Tropical House’ Progenitor Kygo Talks Road Rage, Bon Iver and Norwegian Tacos:

If you’re looking to go full resort this holiday season, consider booking a trip to Miami, where Kygo and The Weeknd will be ringing in the new year poolside at Fontainebleau.

Kygo is renowned in the EDM community for having pioneered the Tropical House subgenre. His sound rejects the ubiquitous build/drop formula in favor of a more Caribbean vibe. In other words, his music makes you want to lounge on the beach and sip piña coladas, not just roll face.

Sitting down with the Norwegian millennial, we were surprised to uncover mild road rage and a predilection for sensitive indie pop.

What was your first encounter with Playboy?

I don’t know, actually. I guess I’ve heard about the mansion and I’ve seen a lot of stuff on TV. Who’s the guy, Hugh Hefner?

That’s the one. What’s the greatest song of all time?

Wow. Of all time. The greatest electronic song of all time I think would have to be Avicii, “Levels.” I have so many favorites. My all-time favorite track, though, is Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.” Really nice. I’ve gotta say that one.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

“Don’t Stop Believing.” Journey. Classic.

What did you spend your first big paycheck on?

The first thing I bought was music equipment: studio speakers, new iMacs. I guess one thing I bought was a new car back home. It’s just a small Audi A1, two doors. It’s an easy car to get around with.

Pretend you’re on death row. What do you want your last meal to be?

That’s a hard one. In Norway we eat a lot of tacos. It’s kind of a Norwegian version of tacos; it’s not like the tacos you get over here. It’s like minced meat, and you just put a lot of stuff in it. I would say Norwegian tacos.

What’s your pet peeve?

I don’t really get mad a lot. I’ve heard I am a really aggressive driver. There are so many stupid drivers out there. I get mad in traffic. I sit there and curse to myself in the car.

What movie scared you the most when you were a kid?

The Sixth Sense. I was probably eight years old when I saw that one. I was scared to death. I had nightmares for a month.

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