Avicii, top electronic dance music artist, found dead at 28

Swedish DJ Avicii, one of many world’s greatest dance music stars, has died in Oman on the age of 28.

Avicii’s membership anthems embody Wake Me Up, Ranges, and lately, Lonely Along with Rita Ora.

His consultant stated in a press release: “It’s with profound sorrow that we announce the lack of Tim Bergling, often known as Avicii.

“The household is devastated and we ask everybody to please respect their want for privateness on this tough time.”

No reason for demise was introduced, and Avicii’s consultant stated no additional statements can be issued.

The digital dance music (EDM) star, who reportedly made $250,000 (£180,000) an evening on tour, had struggled with some well being points up to now, having his gall bladder and appendix removed in 2014.

He announced his retirement from touring in 2016, partly due to the well being issues.

“I do know I’m blessed to have the ability to journey all around the globe and carry out, however I’ve too little left for the lifetime of an actual individual behind the artist,” he stated on the time.

Who was Avicii?

  • One of many greatest names in dance music of the final 10 years, he had a listing stuffed with pumping, uplifting, home smashes
  • He began his profession when he gained a manufacturing competitors held by Pete Tong in 2008
  • He went on to notch up 11 billion streams on Spotify and was the primary EDM DJ to stage a worldwide area tour
  • He was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards and had 9 UK prime 10 singles, together with two quantity ones
  • He suffered from well being issues together with acute pancreatitis, partially because of extreme ingesting

He later introduced a return to the studio, and launched a brand new self-titled EP in 2017.

The EP, Avĩci (01), was nominated for a Billboard music award for prime digital album simply days earlier than his demise.

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In addition to working with the likes of Aloe Blacc and Rita Ora, Avicii collaborated with artists together with Madonna and Coldplay.

Former Radio 1 DJ Decide Jules, who typically carried out alongside him, stated his greatest achievement was being the primary digital dance star to interrupt America.

“He was the primary big industrial star,” Decide Jules informed the BBC. “He actually grew to become somebody who could not exit on the road, he was so closely recognised.”

Different main digital artists wrote tributes to Bergling after the information of his demise.

Singer Dua Lipa tweeted: “Such unhappy information to listen to about Avicii passing. Too younger and approach too quickly. My condolences exit to his household, associates and followers.”

US band Imagine Dragons tweeted: “Working with him was certainly one of my favorite collaborative moments. Far too younger. The world was a happier and fuller place along with his presence and artwork.”

“No words can describe the sadness I’m feeling right now, hearing about Avicii passing away,” offered DJ Zedd, whereas singer Adam Lambert, who collaborated on the monitor Lay Me Down, known as him “a superb composer and a delicate spirit.”

A fascinating artist

Evaluation by Mark Savage, BBC Music reporter

At Avicii’s final ever present in August 2016, one crazed fan climbed a 100ft-high (30m) scaffolding tower, simply to get a greater view.

That is not one thing that occurs that always throughout a DJ set (who must see the stage anyway?) but it surely was a testomony to Avicii’s capability to enchant an viewers.

Confetti cannons and bass drops apart, his reveals encapsulated the inclusive, everyone-welcome philosophy that led him to collaborate with Coldplay, Nile Rodgers and Antony Hegarty in addition to bluegrass and steel musicians within the studio.

That closing present, at Ushuaia Ibiza, was a two-hour biggest hits set, that includes crowd pleasers like Ranges and Wake Me Up alongside his remixes of Robyn and Dizzee Rascal.

However the DJ, who famously let the cat out of the bag when he revealed most main DJs pre-programmed their units (feedback he later walked again), was additionally recognized for dropping sudden, whimsical tracks into his performances. A little bit of Smokey Robinson right here; a touch of Chicago there.

He approached all of it with an power and optimism that permeated his personal recordings. It is no shock he was probably the most beloved DJs on the circuit.

Avicii in his personal phrases

  • To Billboard Journal in 2016: “Once I look again on my life, I believe: whoa, did I do this? It was the most effective time of my life in a way. It got here with a value – plenty of stress, plenty of anxiousness for me – but it surely was the most effective journey of my life”
  • Publish-retirement on his web site: “[Creating music], that’s what I dwell for, what I really feel I used to be born to do… The subsequent stage might be all about my love of creating music to you guys. It’s the starting of one thing new.”
  • Prelude to music video for hit The Nights: “Once I was 16, my father stated, ‘You are able to do something you need along with your life, you simply need to be prepared to work onerous to get it.’ That is after I determined after I die, I need to be remembered for the life I dwell, not the cash I make.”

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