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When Cashmere Cat emerged at the beginning of the decade with his scintillating remixes of songs by Lana Del Rey and Miguel, there wasn’t much known about the Norwegian producer: His real name wasn’t public, and he tended to cover his face in photos. That wasn’t unusual in the underground world of electronic dance music in which he traveled, among other producers who uploaded remixes and originals to SoundCloud and built up an alluring aura with their anonymity.
What did separate Cashmere Cat from the pack was his gift for scoring electronic pop and R&B ballads that weave together warm blankets of woozy synths, digital sprites and soothing vocals. Soon, he would move beyond the confines of his bedroom studio, collaborating with the biggest names in pop, such as Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Kanye West and the Weeknd.
This year, he is slated to release his debut album, “Wild Love,” which promises to be the most complete look at the producer’s vision for electronic pop music. It will also serve as a coming-out party for the formerly mysterious producer, now known to be a 29-year-old named Magnus August Hoiberg. “When I started my project, I didn’t know where it was going or what I wanted to do,” he told Fact Magazine, “but as I’m learning about myself, what my music stands for, and what I want to do with it, I’m revealing more parts about myself and starting to be less anonymous.” A talent like this certainly couldn’t stay anonymous forever.