Avicii‘s most widely recognized single just turned 8 years old and that’s cause for celebration.
No EDM single (possibly in history) projects nostalgia quite the way “Levels” does. From the opening bass sweep through the distinct, feel-good melody, down to the iconic sample from Etta James‘ 1962 single, “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” — this song is as iconic as it gets. It also a bold reminder of the time when electronic music was still care-free and Avicii was still alive and making beautiful tunes.
The production launched the Swede into superstardom, earning No. 1 spots on dance charts in the US, UK and beyond. It went on to be famously remixed by Skrillex and remains in his signature set to this day. “Levels” rings bittersweet these days as the artist is no longer with us, but his legacy left by this effort will live on for years. Listen to one of the most recognizable EDM tracks of all time, as it turns 8 below.
In the wake of his son’s 2018 suicide, Avicii‘s father continues to open up about mental health in hopes of making a change.
CBS dedicated most of its morning programming on Wednesday to a special titled: Stop the Stigma: A Conversation About Mental Health, during which, Avicii’s father Klas Bergling discussed his son’s own struggle with anxiety and how it manifested over the years up until his untimely passing on April 20th on last year.
In the video, he speaks directly to fans who might be dealing with mental illness (anxiety, depression, etc.): “You have to talk about it. And you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help.” Furthermore, he explains the purpose behind the Tim Bergling Foundation: “Trying to get the stigma away from talking about mental illness and suicide. We hope we can be a voice through Tim. Because Tim has so many millions of fans.” Watch clips of the interview below.
In an attempt to give the world a new way to explore his musical creations, the late Avicii began working with Hello There Games in 2015 and now that vision comes to life with Avicii Invector.
The new production is described as a fast-paced rhythm experience as Gameplay fuses the superstar DJ’s trademark brand of uplifting dance music with breathtaking visuals, allowing players to be fully immersed in some of his most iconic songs like “Levels,” “Hey Brother” and “Wake Me Up.”
Furthermore, users will guide themselves through vocal melodies, sweep through each fade and attack every beat in 25 of Avicii’s biggest hits. From the description, this is the ultimate experience for any fan of the Swedish DJ/producer/artist. Avicii Invector is coming to Steam, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One and is available for pre-order now. Check out the game’s trailer and see the whole track list below.
Better known to fans by his stage name Avicii, Tim Bergling is and has been a standout figure in the electronic dance music scene for years. His songs “Levels,” “Wake Me Up,” “Seek Bromance,” “Silhouettes” and more helped shape the sound of EDM throughout the 2010’s though the artist passed on in 2018.
Many have tried to immortalize the renowned DJ/producer’s memory in song, artwork and tributary concerts and the most permanent reminder of the Swedish native’s existence may now be his wax statue that was recently unveiled at New York’s Madame Tussauds museum. For those who can’t visit, the very life-like interpretation can be seen in the video below.
“We are always looking to create those celebrities who have made a significant impact on their field, and I think that it’s easy to see that Avicii is one of the most iconic musicians of our generation,” says Tom Middleton, general manager of Madame Tussauds NY. “For us, it was the perfect opportunity in conjunction with his family to really celebrate his life and his career and allow guests to relive some of this icon’s most notable performances.”
On September 8th, Avicii would have celebrated his 30th birthday. To remember his dear friend and collaborator, Aloe Blacc released a song titled “Things You Left Behind” in honor of the late legend.
The track is soft and sentimental, but also raw, relying on Aloe’s heavy words to tell the story. The main message is made clear that he wished the departed DJ/producer would’ve opened up more to allow those around him to show how much they cared.
The California native included a statement along with the song’s release: “The news of his passing stunned me as it did all who were moved by his music and I am terribly sad that he is no longer with us. When I heard he was gone my heart immediately went out to his family and the words to this song came to me.” He elaborated even further in the post containing the new recording below.
Avicii’s first posthumous release was none other than “SOS” featuring Aloe Blacc. The two also collaborated on “Wake Me Up,” one of the producer’s most cherished works of art. Speaking on the crossover hit, the singer/songwriter offered up some precious words of wisdom: “Take the risk. As an artist, if ever you feel nervous about something, it’s better to take the risk than to regret it. When we created ‘Wake Me Up’ there was no blueprint for the combination of sounds and no example of success to rely on.”
A benefit concert for suicide prevention featuring the music of the late EDM star Avicii is planned for December 5th in Stockholm, Sweden.
The show will feature 19 of the original singers who appeared on some of the late DJ/producer’s most beloved tracks performing with a 30-piece band during the two-hour Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness. “Tim had plans for his music to be performed together with a large live band, and now we are realizing his dream and giving fans a chance to experience his music in this unique way,” said Klas Bergling, Avicii father in a statement.
Many of the artists, including Adam Lambert and Rita Ora, who were on the “Levels” creator’s original recordings, will mark the first time many of the songs have been performed live. Among the other acts slated for the show are Aloe Blacc, Amanda Wilson, Andreas Moe, Audra Mae, Blondfire, Bonn, Carl Falk, and more.
It was hard for most EDM fans to hear about Avicii‘s death, but the news hit a lot harder for his friends. Director Levan Tsikurishvili holds memories of his close companion very dear, and because he spent years filming his friend, he can easily share those moments with the late musician’s millions of admirers.
The recently-dropped “Heaven” itself features vocals from Coldplay front man Chris Martin, who sings “We gon’ be birds and fly/We’re gonna set the world alight/We’re gonna lose ourselves tonight/Whoa, in heaven/Heaven.” The lyrics go hand-in-hand with the typical “Avicii” production to create a powerful message.
The Universal Music-released recording brings everyone just a little closer to the Swedish icon with the addition of an intimate music video. Tsikurishvili and his friend visited the African island of Madagascar in 2016, soon after the DJ gave his final performance in Ibiza. After his posthumous album TIMwas released earlier this month, Tsikurishvili returned to recapture the places and things from the memories he made just years prior. The old vacation footage and new shots were compiled into a touching music video in honor of the beloved producer. See the emotional film below.
The 28-year-old producer/deejay/artist, Avicii took his own life in April of 2018, leaving behind bits and pieces of a project he would never finish. His surviving parents, friends and collaborators decided to come together to share one last project: TIM.
Taking into careful consideration the lyrics, musical footprints and notes that remained, the long-awaited, posthumous 12-track album presents an interesting look into the mind of the Swedish super-talent who changed paths from being one of the hottest performers, playing main stages at every festival worldwide, to making acoustic and heartfelt ballads. This latest effort, courtesy of Universal Music, contains mostly the latter with a handful of recurring featured vocalists like Aloe Blacc, Vargas & Lagola, Bonn and more.
Compared to his his older works, the new Avicii collection addresses hard-hitting topics and emotions, helped along the way by underlying compositions that range from Future Bass to Tropical House and beyond. To get the full effect, TIM is an album that deserves to be taken in all at once so give the final project from Tim Bergling a listen here.
Mike Posner took a break from his walk across America on Wednesday night (May 29th), to visit his home town of Detroit for what he said would be “the only actual show I’m going to do this year.”
Besides being a chance to perform in front of an abundance of caring friends and family, the intimate and moving 85-minute solo acoustic set at the tiny City Theatre was also a fundraiser for the two young daughters of one of Posner’s childhood friends, who passed away in February. In the name of paying tribute, the 31-year-old who played both guitar and piano, dedicated “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” to the late Avicii, who’s name-checked in the song, and he introduced the unreleased “Would You Do the Same?” as the product of the time he spent with his late father before his death in January of 2017.
Posner is clearly looking for some musical impact from the cross-country trek as well, as while introducing a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” he confessed to wondering “Why haven’t I written a song as good yet?,” which drove him to additional introspection. “The deeper the human you are, the deeper the music you make is,” he further elaborated on how he needs to take time to further figure himself out.
While Avicii‘s posthumous album TIM is slated for release on June 6th, some fans will have the opportunity to hear the project a bit earlier.
It was recently revealed that multiple cubes would be placed around the world on June 1st and 2nd, and connected to the Swedish artist in some way. Now, there is further explanation of what these structures mean via an informational video. “Avicii’s music was the soundtrack when we fell in love, when we made new friends and that time we danced all night. Avicii connected us. Around the world there are cubes just like this one. Walk inside and place your hand on the glowing Avicii symbol. When the symbols in two cubes are touched at the same time both cubes will activate. Together you will experience the new Avicii album” the visual states.
This concept poses an interesting challenge when two people in specified international locations like Stockholm, London, São Paulo, New York City, Sydney, and Tokyo will have to activate the structures at the exact same moment. The coordinates of the cubes are still unknown and also unspecified are certain logistics such as whether there will be an RSVP list, time limits on listening, and more. These questions may be answered in the coming days, but in the meantime, watch the official teaser video below.