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The death in 2018 of Swedish DJ Avicii – to whom Google dedicates his Doodle this Wednesday, the day he would have turned 32 – left his followers and colleagues in the industry in deep shock.
His supreme talent for creating melodies pop-house made him one of the leading producers of that genre.
He was 28 when he took his own life and had already gotten crammed concerts in different parts of the planet, work with some of the most famous singers in the world and accumulate billions of reproductions of their creations on different internet platforms.
But on his way to breakthrough as a DJ, Avicii suffered from health problems and didn’t quite adjust to the life of a music industry superstar. tecno.
From a Swedish school to pop
His name was Tim Bergling and he was born in Stockholm in 1989.
His mother is actress Anki Liden, who starred in “My Life as a Dog,” an Oscar-nominated film by Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom.
Avicii once said that Swedish pop sensibilities had had a great influence about him.
“We grew up singing great folk songs. That is why our sense of melody is good, it is that you grow up with that in you. I think that shapes everyone. ”
“But I also grew up meeting people like Eric Prydz and the Swedish House Mafia, who were in the same neighborhood.”
When they discovered it
British DJ Pete Tong discovered Avicii when the young Swede participated in a talent contest a decade ago.
Avicci scored a landslide with a piece that Tong ended up releasing, on his record label, under the title “Manman.”
“Clearly he had an impressive talent for constructing melodies and showed great maturity in the way united the clues“Tong noted in an interview with the British Evening Standard newspaper in 2014.
“(His talent) is natural. My only regret is that I did not sign him to a longer contract,” he added.
Achieving new “Levels”
After achieving fame with a number of pieces, his popularity exploded with the song “Levels” in 2011.
The work, which combines a vibrant and euphoric rhythm, achieved the platinum certification for record sales in at least 10 countries.
Success became his ally with another dance floor anthem like “I Could be the One” that he performed with Nicky Romero and with the country song “Wake Me Up”, sung by Aloe Blacc.
Although Avicii developed different formulas, his hits most successful had the same elements: productions house escapists, guest soloists who gave their pieces more depth and made them more accessible and, above all, irresistible melodies.
When it was suggested that he didn’t make “real music,” the DJ told the Standard: “You draw melodies, you draw chord progressions. You are making music. Mozart wrote on paper. DJs write on computers. I really don’t see the difference. ”
A superstar among DJs
The hits continued to occupy the top positions of the charts. hits from different countries with songs like “Hey Brother”, “You Make Me”, “The Nights” and “Waiting For Love”.
The magazine specialized in music Billboard praised his productions, despite describing his style a bit “cheesy”.
Avicii headlined music festivals in different countries and became the first DJ EDM (Electronic Dance Music) to go on a world tour.
According to Forbes magazine, in 2015 he earned US $ 19 million.
He collaborated with Coldplay, Rita Ora, Sia, Lenny Kravitz, Leona Lewis, and Robbie Williams.
He also participated in the closing ceremony of the 2014 World Cup and in the wedding celebration of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden.
Concerts to help
In 2012, Avicii embarked on a 27-date tour of the United States entitled: “House for Hunger” (“House for Hunger”), with the promise of allocating US $ 1 million to Feeding America, a charity that fights hunger in the United States with food banks for the most disadvantaged.
“I found out when I started making money that I really didn’t need it,” he once said. “When you have such excess money, you realize that you do not need so much and the most sensible and completely obvious thing to do is give it to people who are in need“.
The DJ also supported other charitable causes.
In 2015, he addressed the issues of human trafficking and gang violence when he directed the videos for “For a Better Day” and “Pure Grinding.”
“Every song has a story that I wanted to tell,” Avicii noted.
The artist’s health problems began in January 2012 when he spent 11 days in the hospital for acute pancreatitis, allegedly caused by excess alcohol.
“Drinking became a routine for me, but it’s impossible to keep touring and drinking at the same time because you’re going to collapse, “he told the Standard newspaper.” Especially when you’re playing 320 shows a year. “
He returned to the hospital in 2013 and was recommended to have his gallbladder removed.
He declined to do so and continued touring, but in 2014 he was forced to undergo surgery.
Doctors discovered that her appendix had ruptured and it was also removed.
“I took a month off but it really wasn’t a month off“he told Billboard.
“I was in the studio 12 hours a day and then I went back to touring. It’s hard to say no in this industry. You want to touch everything and be everywhere.”
The high price of tours
Due to his health problems, in 2016 he announced that he was retiring from touring.
“It’s something I had to do for my health,” he told the Hollywood Reporter website. “The scene wasn’t for me. It wasn’t the shows or the music. It was always the things that surround that, things that didn’t come naturally to me.”
“I’m more of an introvert in general. It was always very hard for me. I think I was charged with a lot of negative energy.”
Following the announcement of his retirement, he said that he had to “get his private life back” and that he was “focusing on myself for the first time in a long time.”
“Obviously this has been the most difficult decision I have made in my life,” he said. “But so far it has benefited me tremendously in terms of my well-being. It’s been a long time since I felt so happy like now”.
His last concert was in Ibiza in August 2016.
The musician committed suicide April 20, 2018 in your hotel room in Oman.
A year after the tragedy, his father told CNN that he did not believe his son had planned to kill himself and that many factors, including a tight schedule, “threw him out of control.”
In this interview, Klas Bergling said that he often talked to his son about his mental health and that he seemed “happy” before flying to Oman.
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The tragic death in 2018 of Avicii, the superstar DJ to whom Google dedicates his Doodle