Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii (Tim Bergling) tragically died 20 April 2018. He was born 8 September 1989 in Stockholm, In May 2007, Avicii signed on with the Dejfitts Plays label. Bergling was a member of the Laidback Luke Forums, where he refined his craft and, at times, demonstrated his distinct deep house style. Between 2009 and 2010, Bergling was a prolific producer and was releasing music incredibly quickly. His remixes during this period were “Sound of Now”, “Muja”, “Ryu” and “Even”. Bergling explained that the name Avicii means “the lowest level of Buddhist hell” (Avīci) and he chose the moniker because his real name was already used upon creating his Myspace page. Then, in 2010, Bergling released the hit song “Seek Bromance”, He also remixed Nadia Ali’s classic single “Rapture” for her album Queen of Clubs Trilogy: Onyx Edition. In 2010, Bergling signed with the European A&R team with EMI Music Publishing
In 2011. Bergling began working with his manager and executive producer Ash Pournouri to start House for Hunger which is dedicated to alleviating global hunger. The pair wanted to showcase the giving spirit fostered by the house music community. AVICII also released his breakthrough single “Levels”. In 2012, his collaboration track “Sunshine” with David Guetta was nominated for a Grammy award under the category for Best Dance Recording and His track “Fade into Darkness” was sampled by Leona Lewis on her single “Collide”. In 2012, Bergling released the single “Last Dance”. At Ultra Music Festival 2012 in Miami, he premiered two tracks, “Girl Gone Wild” (Avicii’s UMF Remix) with Madonna and “Superlove” with Lenny Kravitz. Bergling also released the songs “Two Million” and “Silhouettes” featuring vocals from Salem Al Fakir.
In 2012 AVICII performed at Lollapalooza festival in Chicago’s Grant Park and released “Dancing in My Head” (Avicii’s ‘Been Cursed’ Mix) Featuring vocals from Eric Turner. A radio edit of the track, titled “Dancing in My Head” (Tom Hangs Mix) was also released plus an EP featuring remixes from Charlie Bernardo and Michael Woods. AVICII also headlined the world-famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City. supported by Matt Goldman and Cazzette playing his new track “Stay with You”.
His debut studio album, True was released in 2013 and featured electronic music blended with elements of several music genres and received generally positive reviews from music critics. The song was produced by Bergling and contains a vocal sample from the 1962 gospel-inspired “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” by Etta James. The same vocal sample was used first by Pretty Lights in his 2006 song “Finally Moving. This sample was also used by Drum and Bass producer Logistics on “Call Me Back” and by Flo Rida in his single “Good Feeling”, which was produced by DJ Prak and Cirkut.
His repertoire also includes the singles I’ll Be Gone” and “Let It Go”. The instrumental of “Let It Go” was mixed with the a capella of “Addicted to You” to become “Addicted to You (Avicii by Avicii), “I Could Be the One” with Nicky Romero, “You Make Me”, “X You”, “Hey Brother”, “The Days”, “The Nights”, “Waiting for Love”, “Without You” and “Lonely Together”. Bergling was nominated for Grammy Awards for his work on “Sunshine” with David Guetta in 2012 and the track “Levels”. in 2013 Bergling launched the Avicii X You project, a partnership with Ericsson, designed to create the world’s first “crowdsourced” hit song. The project enabled fans to send in basslines, effects, melodies, rhythms and vocals to Bergling as sound files over the Internet. The song features sequences from Kian Sang (melody), Naxsy (bassline), Martin Kupilas (beat), Ваня Хакси (break), Jonathan Madray, Mateusz Kolata, and Christian Westphalen (effects). Bergling acted as executive producer and created the finished song officially titled X You. AVICII also released “Three Million” featuring Negin. Bergling was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording with “Levels” at the 2013 Grammy Awards. He was nominated alongside Calvin Harris and Ne-Yo, Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia and John Martin, and Al Walser. AVICII toured Australia as one of the headline acts in the Future Music Festival alongside The Prodigy and The Stone Roses and also toured South America performing in Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and Chil
In 2013, AVICII released the album True which included the new bluegrass-tinged song “Wake Me Up”. Plus his new album promo mix on SoundCloud. containing songs from True, some non-album singlesPlus some of his ID’s such as “Black and Blue” and “Enough is Enough (Don’t Give Up On Us)”. AVICII also composed the anthem for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 along with ex-ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. AVICII ‘s next single, “Wake Me Up”, featuring Aloe Blacc was released 2013 which become the UK’s fastest selling single of 2013 after overtaking Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, having sold 267,000 copies in its first week on sale. In 2013, AVICII was ranked no.3 in the DJ Mag’s 2013 Top 100 DJs List he also released the single “Hey Brother” featuring Dan Tyminski. In 2013 AVICII won the award “Best Electronic” at the MTV EMA’s And the American Music Award for favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist and released thefourth single off the album True, “Addicted to You”featuring Audra Mae, who also sings on “Shame on Me” Dreaming of Me”,and “Long Road to Hell”. AVICII also released the single “Lay Me Down”, featuring vocals from Adam Lambert and guitar from Nile Rodgers. In 2014, French radio station NRJ released a web radio station called “NRJ AVICII”.
In 2014, AVICII released a remixed edition of his album True titled True: Avicii By Avicii containing remixes by himself of all the tracks, excluding “Heart Upon My Sleeve”. AVICII Also collaborated with Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean and Alexandre Pires for the official FIFA World Cup Anthem titled “Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)”. He was due to perform at the 2014 Ultra Music Festival, but was hospitalised on March, 2014 and was unable to playHe also released his single “Lay Me Down” and produced and collaborated with Chris Martin from Coldplay, co-writing and co-producing the track “A Sky Full of Stars” from the 2014 album Ghost Stories. AVICII also co-produced Lovers on the Sun” with David Guetta and collaborated with Wyclef Jean on a single titled “Divine Sorrow” from the album Clefication
AVICII worked on 70 songs foR the album Stories, which would include collaborations with Jon Bon Jovi, Serj Tankian of System of a Down, Chris Martin, Wyclef Jean and Matisyahu. During his tour for True, he also performed the single “No Pleasing a Woman” with vocals from Billie Joe Armstrong of American rock band Green Day. AVICII performed No Pleasing a Woman”. “In Love with Your Ghost” with Daniel “Danne” Adams-Ray, “Love to Fall” with Tom Odell and “Million Miles” with LP, which is the demo version of “Trouble”, a song from Stories with vocals from Wayne Hector. He released Lose Myself”, in collaboration with Chinese singer Wang Leehom.
On 8 September 2014, his 25th birthday, Bergling decided to cancel all of his remaining performances of 2014 due to health concerns. He also released “The Days” In collaboration with Robbie Williams, He also released a brand new track called “The Nights” on FIFA 15. That November Wyclef Jean released a track titled “Divine Sorrow” featuring Avicii. On 2 March 2015, Bergling performed the song “Heaven” live at Australia’s Future Music Festival , featuring Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, However, the vocals were later resung by singer Simon Aldred from Cherry Ghost; although Chris Martin received writing credits. Much of AVICII ‘s UMF set 2015 was released on the Internet including “Heaven”, “Waiting For Love,” and some of his ID’s “For A Better Day”, “City Lights”, “Can’t Catch Me”, “True Believer”, “What Would I Change It To”, “Can’t Love You Again” and “Attack”.
AVICII also previewed his bootleg of Kings of Tomorrow’s song “Finally” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” with ASH, he also released his rework of Nina Simone’s version of “Feeling Good”, and previewed the song “I’ll Be Gone”. He previewed the song Waiting for Love” featuring vocals from Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost and co-produced by fellow DJ and producer Martin Garrix. He also previewed “Tracks of My Tears”, “Sorry Mr. Atari” and “Time to Get lll”. AVICII previewed two tracks from his album Stories on episode 37 of his LE7ELS podcast: “Broken Arrows” featuring Zac Brown Band and “Can’t Catch Me” featuring Wyclef Jean and Matisyahu. AVICII then released “For a Better Day” featuring American singer Alex Ebert and “Pure Grinding” featuring vocals from Kristoffer Fogelmark and Earl St. Clair. His next album Stories was released in 2015 alongside 3 promotional singles: “Broken Arrows” with Zac Brown, “Ten More Days” with Zak Abel and “Gonna Love Ya” with Sandro Cavazzi. Avicii was also mentioned in the song “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” by American singer and songwriter Mike Posner.
In 2016, Bergling released his remix of Morten’s “Beautiful Heartbeat” and partnered with Coca-Cola For the global campaign anthem “Taste the Feeling” featuring Conrad Sewell. AVICII teamed up again with Coldplay to co-produce the band’s single “Hymn for the Weekend” from their album A Head Full of Dreams. HE also performed live at Ultra Music Festival and premiered new IDs such as “Without You (feat. Sandro Cavazza)”, “We Burn (Faster Than Light)”, and a collaboration with Australian pop star Sia (which he first played in Dubai). He also released his collaboration with Otto Knows titled “Back Where I Belong” and a remix of his own song, “Feeling Good” entitled “Feeling Good (Avicii by Avicii) On 28 August 2016, Bergling performed his final live performance in Ibiza, before retiring from touring citing health concerns. Avicii also parted ways with long-time manager Ash Pournouri and At Night Management along with Ash’s record label PRMD and signed with Universal Music Sweden.
In 2017, British singer Rita Ora debuted a semi-acoustic version of “Lonely Together” at a private event at Annabel’s in London and Bergling released the six-track EP Avīci (01) in August 2017. Avicii made a documentary entitled Avicii: True Stories chronicling his retirement from tour, and featuring interviews from his colleagues David Guetta, Tiësto, Wyclef Jean, Nile Rodgers and Chris Martin of Coldplay. Sadly In 2016, Bergling’s health deteriorated, and he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis caused by excessive alcohol use. He subsequently stopped performing live. He died on 20 April 2018 near Muscat, Oman, at the age of 28.