Avicii – The story of an icon


Earlier this morning, we learnt that Swedish DJ and music producer Tim Bergling, aka Avicii had passed away. The 28 year old was holidaying in Oman when he was found dead on April 20th. The entire music world has been shaken with the news but let’s take a moment to look back at the music prodigy’s work.

Tim Bergling was born on September 8th 1989 in Stockholm, Sweden. As an artist, Tim made his name on MySpace. Initially, he’d wanted his stage name to be Avici, a name after the lowest level of Buddist hell. However, that username was already taken on the site which prompted Tim to add the extra ‘i’. Although he started mixing in his bedroom at the young age of 8, it was in 2011 that the song ‘Levels’ propelled him into the mainstream media. Loved and hated by a whole lot of people, Levels took Avicii from being a well-known name in EDM to a household name in the international music media.

Avicii’s growing success opened a lot of doors for him. From performing at the biggest festivals across the globe to collaborating with the most iconic musicians of our time, Tim managed to do it all. Avicii performed at Ultra, Coachella, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, EDC as well as several of his own shows across the globe. He collaborated with some big names both in the electronic music industry and outside. Avicii collaborated with the likes of Coldplay, Madonna, Daft Punk, Rita Ora, Wyclef Jean and Robbie Williams to name a few. The Swede was also nominated for a Grammy on two occasions. Once for his work on ‘Sunshine’ with David Guetta and another time for his song ‘Levels’.

While Avicii was known for having a prolific work ethic on the road, he also suffered from serious health problems. He was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, in part due to heavy drinking, and cancelled a series of shows in 2014 to recover from the removal of his gallbladder and appendix. The artist felt he could carry on thereafter, only to pull the plug on his live career in early 2016. Avicii announced in a heartfelt letter that he would stop touring and performing live for the indefinite future, citing further health concerns. While Avicii decided to cease touring, he assured fans that he will “continue to speak” to them through his music.

With 2 studio albums (True and Stories) already up his sleeve fans could not wait to hear more music from their favourite DJ. In August 2017 he released an EP and said:

“I’m really excited to be back with music once again. It has been a long time since I released anything and a long time since I was this excited over new music!”

“Last year I quit performing live… Many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense — the studio. The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new. Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.”

Avicii even released a documentary last year highlighting the struggles he faced as an artist and the days coming up to his final performance. Titled True Stories the movie was showcased in select venues across the globe and has not yet been released globally. You can check out the trailer below:

Tributes for the artist have been pouring in from fans and fellow artists across the globe. As one of the first few electronic artists to break-out onto mainstream radio, Avicii was not just a friend but an inspiration to many of the DJs we see performing today. His music shall forever live on…

Before we put up the list of tributes we thought we’d put up two of our favourite songs by the Swede. Thank you Avicii.

Always and forever RIP Tim ???

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