Pick out anyone from the crowd at Jiak Kim Street on Friday/Saturday nights in the early 2010s and you will not find someone who does not know the name Avicii.
Avicii, otherwise known as Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman at age 28 on April 20. The official cause for his death has not yet been disclosed, but the Oman police have ruled out a criminally-suspicious death after conducting two autopsies on his body.
Also known to have struggled with alcoholism and health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis exacerbated by excessive drinking, the world-renowned Swedish DJ retired from live performances in 2016 and focused mainly on his music production in studios.
“I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist,” Avicii said in an open letter to his fans.
In an interview with Billboard shortly after announcing the end of his touring days at age 26, Avicii said, “When I look back on my life, I think: whoa, did I do that? It was the best time of my life in a sense. It came with a price—a lot of stress a lot of anxiety for me—but it was the best journey of my life.”
Avicii was the first electronic dance music (EDM) DJ to stage a worldwide arena tour, to be nominated for two Grammy Awards and to have had nine UK top 10 singles, including two number ones.
Some of his hits include “Levels”, “Silhouettes”, “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother”.
Confetti cannons, pyrotechnics and bass drops aside, his shows encapsulated the inclusive, everyone-welcome philosophy that led him to collaborate with the likes of Coldplay (A Sky Full of Stars) and one of the latest artistes before his passing, Rita Ora (Lonely Together).
One cannot deny that his works and effort contributed to the spinning rise of EDM, riding the wave along with David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia, who broke out on the scene as lead performers in their own right, earning international hits, fame and awards.
Prelude to the music video for his hit The Nights, Avicii said, “When I was 16, my father said, ‘You can do anything you want with your life, you just have to be willing to work hard to get it.‘ That’s when I decided when I die, I want to be remembered for the life I live, not the money I make.”
“He said, one day you’ll leave this world behind, so live a life you will remember.”
For all the nights that we do not remember, spent with the people we will not forget, thank you Avicii.
Remember this time Tim. This was right between our sets @tomorrowland. I was so nervous and u shook me out of my head picked me up and made me realize it’s all about having a fun time. I’ll never forget that. U are truly an inspiration my brother. U inspired the world. Thank you pic.twitter.com/E4ZWJ3a37v
— Azukita Aoki (@steveaoki) April 22, 2018
— MARTIN GARRIX (@MartinGarrix) April 20, 2018
I can’t find words but what I can say is that we all where couple of young kids from Sweden with dreams and Tim inspired us all and millions more. RIP my brother your music will live forever ❤️ @Avicii pic.twitter.com/riC69lay3p
— INGROSSO (@Ingrosso) April 20, 2018
So Sad……. So Tragic. Good Bye Dear Sweet Tim. 💙 Gone too Soon. pic.twitter.com/l7FDKCu6K4
— Madonna (@Madonna) April 20, 2018