Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name Avicii died on 20th April 2018. The cause of his death is not yet disclosed. However, many are speculating it to his prolonged health issues. In 2016, Bergling’s health deteriorated, and he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis due to excessive alcohol use. The death of the 28-year-old Swedish DJ and producer marks a tragic end to his era.
Here is a glimpse of his journey and a small tribute:
Bergling was born on 8th September 1989, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Klas Bergling and actress Anki Lidén. He started off his career in 2007 (at the age 18), by signing on with the Dejfitts Plays label.
Bergling was a member of the Laidback Luke Forums, where he refined his craft and, at times, demonstrated his distinct deep house style.
His stage name “Avicii” means “the lowest level of Buddhist hell”.
In 2011, you may call it his big break, he entered into the mainstream by releasing “Levels”. In 2012, he released a collaboration track “Sunshine” with David Guetta. It was nominated for a Grammy award under the category for Best Dance Recording. His 2013 release, “Wake me Up” was a Chart topper worldwide. His other popular work includes – Hey brother, Addicted to you, Dreaming of me, Lay me down, A Sky full of stars, Lovers of the Sun and many more…
Tracks including Levels, Fade Into Darkness and Silhouettes were slick, massive, earnest and unapologetically pop-oriented.
His list of awards include:
- American Music Awards – Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist
- Billboard Music Awards – Top Dance/Electronic Song – for “Wake Me Up”
- Echo Music Awards – Electronic Dance Music National/International
- Echo Music Awards – Hit des Jahres
- iHeartRadio Music Awards – EDM Song of the Year – for “Wake Me Up”
- International Dance Music Awards – Best Artist (Solo)
- MTV Europe Music Awards – Best Electronic
- MTV Europe Music Awards – Best Swedish Act
- Teen Choice Awards – Choice EDM Song – for “Wake Me Up”
- World Music Awards – World’s Best Electronic Dance Artist
- World Music Awards – World’s Best Swedish Act
Bergling’s influences included Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia and Eric Prydz.
A Tribute to Avicii (uploaded by Erind Llega)
Just 21 years old at the time of his breakthrough, Bergling was perhaps an unlikely star. All cheekbones and platinum hair, he never seemed entirely comfortable in the spotlight. Friends and colleagues described him as shy and quiet, a sweet kid with the heart of a technician. In interviews, his responses could come off as canned or reticent, as reporters probed for answers from an artist seemingly more comfortable at his computer assembling tracks.
But his music was a different story. Avicii was one of the first EDM stars to arrive on the scene fully formed, and he hit just as dance music was for the first time gaining mainstream popularity in the US. Discovered on MySpace by veteran Dutch producer Laidback Luke, Bergling took his stage name, avīci, and began pumping out an arsenal of hits that quickly defined a burgeoning genre.
The world is mourning his sudden demise.