1. He's international in the very best sense
While this year's headliner isn't Brazilian (the last Olympics in London featured homegrown acts One Direction, Annie Lennox, George Michael, the Spice Girls, Take That, and The Who), Kygo — whose real name is Kyrre Gørvell-Dahl — is an international soul. Born in Singapore to a father who worked in the maritime industry, the 24-year-old has lived all over the world and has even spent part of his childhood in Brazil.
2. He's part of the new generation
Mark Parkman, General Manager of the Olympic Channel — a worldwide digital platform that will launch at the Closing Ceremony — had this to say about picking Kygo: "Kygo's music speaks to new generations of Olympic fans. Kygo and his music will be an important element of the Olympic Channel where fans will be able to continue their excitement of Rio and the Olympic Games all year long."
3. He's a multi-tasker and all-around go-getter
Not only is he a DJ and producer, he's also dipping his toes in new ventures — such as a clothing line which just dropped last week. The 27-piece Kygo Life Autumn/Winter 2016 collection is a sportswear dream, which features pared back basics in leather, cotton and wool, all in stylish Scandi form. His first clothing line, it adds to his other ventures Kygo Vibe and Kygo Hardware, the latter a collection of phone cases and headphones.
4. Carry Me is the best way to say goodbye
"Could you carry me right back where we started from?" asks vocalist Julia Michaels, who features on Kygo's track. The uplifting tropical house track is so apt for the Olympic closing ceremony: It's about mutual support, a long-lasting relationship (between coaches and athletes, athletes and nations, athlete to athlete) and braving the storms, no matter the weather. Even if it pours in Rio.
5. He just dropped a new track with Charlie Puth
Not officially, but he's sure set on playing it live before its official release. Recently, he teased festival revellers at Findings Festival in Oslo with Carry On (a fan-given working title), a collaboration with Charlie Puth (who was recently here in Singapore). Lets just say with all the hype on Kygo, his performance at the closing ceremony is just the cherry on top of his whirlwind world tour.