Electronic Dance Music has been dealt a huge blow with the recent announcement by Swedish Superstar DJ/Producer Avicii. Avicii took to social media and posted a very lengthy statement about his future. After a recent run in the U.S., Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, has decided to walk away from the live side of performing music after his 2016 run is over.
Avicii still plans to produce music, and also didn’t totally rule out a possible return to the DJ booth. Avicii stated in his post “One part of me can never say never, I could be back…but I won’t be right back.” In his statement, Avicii thanked multiple people that helped him throughout his career. He thanked all the fans who have bought a ticket or snuck into an event, bought a song or downloaded it, “I owe everything I have to you,” says Avicii.
Some excerpts from Avicii’s social media post follows:
Thank you for letting me fulfil so many of my dreams. I will be forever grateful to have experienced and accomplished all that I have with the help of the team around me and my beloved fans. Thank you to all my peers in the business for building a new movement that took the world by storm and I was lucky enough to be in the middle of it. Thank you to all my partners through the years who believed in what I have created and wanted to amplify my work to a truly global presence.
My path has been filled with success but it hasn’t come without its bumps. I’ve become an adult while growing as an artist, I’ve come to know myself better and realize that there’s so much I want to do with my life. I have strong interests in different areas but there’s so little time to explore them.
Two weeks ago, I took the time to drive across the U.S. with my friends and team, to just look and see and think about things in a new way. It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while.
My choices and career have never been driven by material things, although I’m grateful for all the opportunities and comforts my success has availed me. 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.
I will however never let go of music – I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang!
One part of me can never say never, I could be back …but I won’t be right back.
Tim Bergling / Avicii
Avicii started his career in 2006. He released 2 studio albums, True (2013) and Stories (2015). Through the years, he has collaborated with several artist, from many different genres including David Guetta, Madonna, Aloe Blacc, Jon Bon Jovi, Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Chris Martin (Coldplay), Wyclef Jean, Martin Garrix and the Zac Brown Band.
Released under a partial spelling of his real name Tim/Berg, Avicii released his first hit dance single with the song “Seek Bromance,” which is a remix of his song “Bromance,” with added vocals from the song “Love You Seek,” by DJ Samuele Sartini featuring Amanda Wilson on vocals.
Under the name Avicii, he rose to fame with his hit “Levels,” which contained a sample of “Something’s Got a Hold on Me,” by Etta James. His collaboration on the song “Wake Me Up,” featuring R&B singer Aloe Blacc, set a record of 14 straight weeks, as the #1 hit on the Billboards Dance/Electronic Songs List. The track was #1 on the Spotify Global Chart making him the second most streamed artist worldwide.
Avicii has won an American Music Award (AMA), for Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist in 2013, and a Billboard Music Award for top Dance/ Electronic Song for “Wake Me Up,” in 2014. The DJ/Producer has also nominated for two Grammys.
Avicii’s final 13 shows in the U.S., will take place in Las Vegas between April 29 and June 25, rotating between venue’s XS Nightclub at Encore and the Encore Beach Club. After that, it’s off to Europe for shows in the United Kingdom, Poland, Spain, Israel, Lebanon, Estonia, Sweden and Ireland. The superstar DJ’s last scheduled show for 2016 will take place at Ushuaia, in Ibiza Spain on Aug. 28.