The world mourned earlier this month as Tim Bergling, or more well-known as his stage name Avicii, died on April 20. He was 28-years-old. The Swedish DJ was infamous in the world of electronic music and beyond, releasing chart-topping songs like “Wake Me Up,” “The Nights” and “Hey Brother.”
A lot is known about his music, but there are a few things you might not have known about Avicii.
1. Avicii was born in Stockholm, Sweeden on September 8th, 1989.
He has three siblings, Anton, David, and Linda.
2. He began DJing at 16, and signed with Dejfitts Plays at 18.
Avicii signed his first record deal with the label in 2007. Some of his first remixes were “Sound of Now” and “Muja,” and his first hit song was “Seek Bromance.”
3. His first smash single was “Levels” in 2011.
This song was at the top of the charts, and made him a household name in the world of music.
It was followed by an equally popular “Hey Brother” and “Wake Me Up” in 2013.
4. He was the first DJ to give a solo performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
He headlined a show on September 26, 2012.
5. His musical influences include Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, and Eric Prydz.
6. He was nominated for two Grammys – Best Dance Recording.
First, his song “Sunshine” was nominated in 2012, followed by “Levels” in 2013.
7. He believed that electronic dance music was infectious.
“Dance music is like a virus: it has affected so many different genres,” he said. Judging by his massive impact on the world of dance music, he might have been right.
8. English wasn’t his first language.
Of course, being born in Sweden, Swedish was his first language. But, he went above and beyond to give each of his songs great lyrics, despite 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.” he said.
9. He loved being a DJ, and everything that came with it.
“I love DJing, I do. I love everything that comes with it; it’s fun and it’s kind of glamorous” he said, despite being humble and unsure if he deserved the recognition he has been given.
He retired from performing altogether in 2016, due to his personal health.
10. He was a philanthropist, and co-founded the charity House for Hunger.
Avicii raised a million dollars for Feeding America during his House for Hunger Tour in 2012.
11. His stage name has a special, unusual meaning behind it.
Avīci means “the lowest level of Buddhist hell.” What was the inspiration behind that? He went with that being his real name, Tim Bergling, was taken on Myspace.
12. He cowrote the famous Coldplay song, “A Sky Full of Stars” from their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories.
Avicii produced and co-wrote the song with co-founder and lead singer Chris Martin. He also co-produced “Hymn for the Weekend” for their following seventh album, A Head Full of Dreams.