Avicii (Tim Bergling)'s Biography

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Avicii (Tim Bergling)


  • Born
    08 September 1989
  • Died
    20 April 2018
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What was Avicii famous for?

Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name, “Avicii,” was a Swedish musician, DJ, remix artist, and record producer. Born and raised in Stockholm, he was one of the most popular musicians of his time. He showcased his music skills online to receive exposure. Avicii started making music at the age of 16 and began posting his singles on various online music forums. Soon, he caught the attention of a music label. In 2011, he achieved nationwide fame with his single ‘Levels.’ Two years later, he released his debut album, ‘True.’ His music touched a new level of experimentation, as he mixed electronic music with several genres of popular music and led the album to become a major commercial and critical success. The album made its way among the top 10 hits in more than 15 countries around the world, such as Sweden, US, and Australia. For the next few years, he toured around the globe, amassing a large fan following, and became one of the most popular DJs of this generation. However, Avicii suffered from serious mental-health issues and committed suicide on April 20, 2018.

Early Life and Initial Successes

Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name Avicii, was born on 8 September 1989, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was the son of Klas Bergling and Swedish actress Anki Lidén. His mother was a small-time actor who had appeared in more than 50 Swedish films and TV series. He was one of the four children of his parents and was heavily influenced by his older brother, who also happened to be a musician and DJ. he had three siblings Anton Körberg, David Bergling, Linda Sterner.

Avicii started making music at the age of 16, writing and remixing tracks in his bedroom. Within a few months, he started posting his music on various online electronic music forums. He remixed a number of classic songs in his early years. His work reached the right people, and he soon started getting approached by well-known music labels. His music resembled that of the popular group ‘Swedish House Mafia,’ and that helped him earn a huge fan following.

Influenced by Daft Punk and Steve Angello, his melodic house sound gained a huge following, which led to support from both Tiësto, who invited him to perform a weekly residency at Privilege in Ibiza, and Pete Tong, who released first single "Manman" through his Bedroom Bedlam label.

By 2010, Avicii had started working as a small-time DJ, remixing for artists such as Little Boots and Robyn. Meanwhile, he continued to release his own singles, such as ‘Bromance’ and ‘My Feelings for You.’ ‘Seek Bromance,’ the remixed version of his single ‘Bromance,’ with vocals by Amanda Wilson, was a huge success.


His initial successes got Avicii acquainted with the right people in the music industry. By 2011, he had already finished working on his breakthrough single, ‘Levels.’ The song included vocals from the famous gospel-inspired 60s song ‘Something’s got a Hold on Me’ by Etta James. ‘Levels’ made waves nationally and internationally and established Avicii in the mainstream music arena. The song made its place among the top 10 hits of many European countries and also made waves across the US.

Riding high on the success of ‘Levels,’ Avicii received the surprise of his life when he was approached by superstar DJ David Guetta, who suggested a collaborative track.

The collaboration resulted in the single ‘Sunshine,’ which became an instant international success. It was later nominated for the ‘Grammy’ award for the ‘Best Dance Recording.’

The collaboration resulted in the single ‘Sunshine,’ which became an instant international success. It was later nominated for the ‘Grammy’ award for the ‘Best Dance Recording.’

The same year, he also faced a slight controversy. A portion of his single ‘Fade into Darkness’ was allegedly used without his permission by Leona Lewis, on her single ‘Collide.’ Leona did not credit Avicii, and the entire matter went to court. Subsequently, Leona’s lawyer offered Avicii a collaborative album with his client. Avicii accepted the offer, and the matter was resolved.

At the 2012 ‘Ultra Music Festival’ in Miami, Avicii released his new track, ‘Girl Gone Wild’ with Madonna. At the same event, he released another single, ‘Superlove’ with Lenny Kravitz. The same year, he gained two million likes on his ‘Facebook’ page. Following this, he released a track titled ‘Two Million’ and made it free for download on the music-streaming platform ‘SoundCloud.’

Over the next few months, he released some more successful singles, such as ‘Silhouettes,’ ‘Dancing in my Head,’ ‘Stay with You,’ and ‘Let it Go’. The last two songs were from his debut studio album, which he announced he would release in 2013. Meanwhile, his success streak continued in 2012, with several new collaborations. He collaborated with Nicky Romero for the single ‘I Could Be the One,’ which became a major hit with the American audiences. The song was featured on several American reality shows and European radio shows.

In early 2013, Avicii released ‘Wake Me Up,’ one of his most meaningful and most successful singles to date. The song topped the charts in more than 20 countries across the world and is known as his most successful single. In mid-2013, he announced in an interview that his debut studio album, ‘True,’ would be available for sale by the end of that year. He also gave a glimpse into the album by saying that he had heavily used the new genre “folktronica,” a blend of folk music and electronic music.

‘Wake Me Up’ became the fastest-selling single in the UK by the end of July. The single also made a record for staying on the top of ‘Billboard’s ‘Dance/Electronic’ music chart for 14 weeks. Avicii released more singles from the album in the following months, only increasing the curiosity about his album.

The album ‘True’ was released in late 2013 and featured several established artists, such as Nile Rodgers and Adam Lambert. A few more songs from the album, such as ‘Hey Brother’ and ‘Addicted to You,’ became successful, and the album was certified “platinum” by the ‘Recording Industry Association of America’ (RIAA). The following year, Avicii released the club remix version of the album, ‘True: Avicii by Avicii.’ The same year, he collaborated with Chris Martin from the legendary rock band ‘Coldplay,’ for the single ‘A Sky Full of Stars.’

In late 2015, Avicii released his second album, ‘Stories,’ and merged pop music with electronic sounds. The album reached the top of the ‘Billboard’ dance chart. Some of his other successful singles from this period were a remix of Nina Simone’s classic jazz song ‘Feeling Good,’ ‘Tracks of my Tears,’ ‘Divine Sorrow,’ and ‘Heaven.’

Due to frequent live tours, he became exhausted. In 2016, he announced that he would be retiring from live shows. His last live performance was in Ibiza.

Tragic death

On April 20, 2018, his lifeless body was found in his hotel room near Muscat, Oman. A few days later, his family revealed that he had cut himself and bled to death. With Avicii’s suicide, another bright star of the music industry dimmed forever. The concept of the “tortured artist” had once again made its presence felt. He was 28 years old at the time of his death, but his music shall always remain ageless and immortal.

His Personal Quotes

“I have always been mainstream. It's so weird, because I don't see it as something negative at all. So many people see it as something negative.”

“When I started working on electronic music, that was after the rave period. I haven't even seen that part of it that much.”

“Originality is definitely missing from EDM. There are people looking for it and exploring but I feel it's so big now it is just getting milked. House music is losing all its melody as it becomes more about how dirty the drop is and how energetic it is. It loses touch with what music really is.”

“I actually only started listening to house music around the time I started making it. I got hooked both to making music and to house music.”

“For me there are two types of country: There's the shoot-yourself-in-the-head country, and then there's really good country music.”

“If I wanted to make a quick buck, there's far easier ways of doing it. What I want is to provoke people. If you want a hit song, all you need to do is rewrite an old song. It might have been proven to work, but you won't be remembered the same way.”

“I'm a DJ. I get the party started.”

“People in Sweden are very conscious of what people are saying about you.”

“There's always haters, no matter what you're doing - whether they're complaining that everything you do sounds the same, or it's too different.”

“It's hard - some people get inspired by a feeling, but I'm mostly inspired by melodies.”

“I don't really look at the charts at all. If anything, I try to out-do what I've done before. I try to make music that I like and I trust my own judgement with what will work with a wider audience. If you compare yourself to the charts, you lose perspective on what you're doing and why you're doing it.”

“I have my guy Semi who is my on the road - he's my personal trainer. He helps me out with training and stuff like that, and he's shown me a lot of things I can do on the road. We were trying to figure out something that I can do everywhere, like in my hotel room, so I don't have to have a gym.”

“I guess I think like deep inside, I know that it's like, it's a different kind of performing, it's not really... You're not performing like a guitar player or a singer is performing, you know what I mean? So it's weird to be in the same type setup as one of those. 'Cause I'm not really doing much, you know, like technically it's not that hard.”

“I've always worn a lot of Ralph Lauren, and plaid shirts in general have been a signature piece for me. With plaid, you can look super-relaxed or you can look a bit dressed up.”

“A friend of mine told me a bunch of stuff on Buddhism and about Avicii being the lowest level of Buddhist hell, and it just sort of got stuck in my head. Later on when I went to setup a MySpace, I tried a bunch of names and they were all taken so I just kind of ended up with Avicii and then I got really attached to it.”

“My dad has always been a big Ray Charles fan, and I've grown up listening to all kinds of music.”

“When it comes to electronic music, I started listening to a lot of Daft Punk, way before I knew what house music was, and then progressed into a lot of Steve Angello, Eric Prydz, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Laidback Luke.”

“Dance music is like a virus: it has affected so many different genres.”

“A lot of work and thinking goes into my DJing. I want the entire night to progress seamlessly and when I have to adapt the energy on the fly for the crowd on any given night, I can do so with harmonic mixes that I've practiced over and over again. I am far from the only DJ that does this and it's something I take pride in being able to do.”

“House music originated in America, and it has always been around, but I guess it just got a tighter hold on Europe and other parts of the world.”

“I think I am a pretty good judge of character in general and try to surround myself with the best people I can.”

“I love DJing, I do. I love everything that comes with it; it's fun and it's kind of glamorous.

When I started out, I was Avici with one i. But on MySpace, that name was taken.”

“I make sure to use both Twitter and Facebook a lot which helps me connect to the fans.”

“I would never lay down a pre-programmed set and perform to a pre-mixed CD; I would never cheat my fans like that.”

“Lyrics are important, but it's hard, because English isn't my first language - although it feels like it is these days! I grew up with amazing melodies, so getting that right on a song has always been the key thing for me, but there's no reason why a great melody doesn't deserve great lyrics.”

“I always just sit down at the piano and make the main hook - what I want the track to be about melodically - and then I'll build everything else around that. But growing up, I did not play any instruments.”

“Obviously there is stuff that I wouldn't play in a club that I play at festivals, and vice-versa, but my sets are still dominated largely by my own music. I think that's what makes me stand out a bit. My music is also festival- and club-friendly, so it generally works out well.”

“There's always so much music around me now, it seems like everything has to be something with music, so in my spare time I try not to listen to anything. It's so hard for me to listen to something without trying to see a benefit in it: 'Maybe I'll make my own version of that track or maybe I'll do this or that.'

“I love finding out-of-the-box inspirations and blending them with what I've done in the past. And when I started to experiment with genres, it didn't sound forced. Maybe that's because it's all music that I listened to growing up, and it's all music that I love.”

“I have a hard time writing music when I'm on tour.”

“I travel with a bunch of battery packs because I don't always have time to charge my phone at the hotel room when I'm traveling. I always change them, so I never run out of battery.”

“I've always had a fascination with making your own music but never have been skilled enough to play the instrument, so to be able to make music without the ability was awesome.”

“I've always been a producer - that's how I see myself first. The DJing came second as a way for me to be able to perform.”

“I'm good at melody - I'll write the top-line melody and ideal words I want to go with it. But I'm not that good at writing lyrics. I bounce those back and forth with songwriters or someone who can sing.”

“I always used to travel without a passport case, and because of it I think I'm four passports in. I bought this small Tumi case to protect my new one, and it works really well, not just for protecting it but also for keeping credit cards and small stuff. I just throw it in my bag when I'm traveling, as opposed to stuffed in my pocket.”

“I grew up listening to a lot of Ray Charles and '60s rock, thanks to my father, and then my brother’s got me in to KISS and whatnot, so I guess that's where I got my first taste for music.”

“I've tried plenty of telephones. I tried to get into the Samsung Galaxy and the Blackberry, but the iPhone is just too easy to use. The camera takes clear pictures and the phone itself looks great. Like all Apple products, it kind of just makes sense.”

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