2 years ago today, on April 20th 2018 – the world lost one of the most talented electronic producers to date. With some of the biggest and most impactful records ever – Avicii was a one of a kind producer whose loss is still felt considerably.
Avicii seemingly didn’t cope well with the immense pressures and anxiety that came from touring and just being an artist overall. In 2016 he quit DJing, taking the time to focus on himself and produce. In early 2018, from an outside perspective – things seemingly looked positive with a potential return to shows in sight. This unfortunately was not the case as Avicii took his own life aged 28 whilst holidaying in Oman.
The news was made even more tragic by the release of the Avicii: True Stories documentary which had premiered just 6 months before. This documentary went behind the scenes and showed the struggles Tim faced and why it ultimately became too much for him.
Since his passing, the outpouring of love from fans and fellow artists has been like nothing else. The reaction to his album was incredible, the 12 track LP featured many tracks fans had been anticipating. The album also brought a sense of closure to his death. Till this day however, there are countless tracks that remain unreleased. Kygo aided in the release of ‘Forever Yours’ together with Sandro Cavassa, allowing the track to be finished and released for the public to enjoy.
One of the most significant moments since his passing has been the tribute concert, which saw almost 60,000 attendees. This was a monumental moment, raising funds for the Tim Bergling Foundation. Featuring DJ friends David Guetta, Nicky Romero, Laidback Luke, Kygo and others, it also saw many of Tim’s collaborators including Aloe Blacc, Carl Falk, Vargas & Lagola, Bonn, Albin Nedler among several others. It was Avicii’s dream to have an orchestra perform his music and that finally happened at his tribute show.
Just recently, Aloe Blacc announced a 24 hour livestream that will begin at midnight Los Angeles (PST) time on the 20th. The stream will feature performances, interviews – all associated with the late producer.
We remember Avicii on this day, and every other day. His timeless productions will be just that, timeless and never forgotten.
Tim Bergling / Avicii
1989 – Forever