Ahead of what would have been his 32nd birthday today (September 8) and to mark National Suicide Prevention Week, the world famous deejay/producer/artist Avicii was honored with a Google Doodle.
The animation overlays colorful sketches of a child strumming a guitar, creating beats on his laptop computer as a preteen, and playing DJ to a small gathering as a teenager. From there, a pair of hands outline the shape of a heart and a sketch of the Avicii (born Tim Bergling) getting lost in the music while traveling the world and performing live for throngs of people. The minute-long clip is soundtracked by his hit “Wake Me Up” from his 2013 album ‘True’.
According to the animator Alyssa Winans (along with Olivia When, and Sophie Diao): “The truth is Tim struggled a great deal during the touring part of his adulthood, and I wanted to find a way to both touch on the realities of that experience, while still celebrating and honouring his life in a way that fit the lyrics and tone of the track. I ultimately decided to spend the majority of the video on the aspects of his life he loved, with a few symbolic moments to allude to some of the more emotionally challenging experiences.”
Avicii’s father, Klas Bergling, added: “The Doodle is fantastic, my family and I feel honoured and Tim would have been very proud and love it. It is a friendly and warm story of a young man fulfilling his dream to be a DJ and at the same time telling us that our journey in life is not always easy despite fame and fortune.”