Avicii’s 2010 BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix was aired for the first time since its original broadcast on Friday 27th April.
The mix was broadcast in tribute to the Swedish DJ/producer who tragically passed away the week before aged just 28. You can listen back to it below.
Pete Tong introduced the mix saying, “so much of what you’re about to hear defined the explosion of EDM as it became known over the next 12 months. Most of the tracks are touched by the hand of Tim, he either made them, remixed them, or mashed them. It’s a high-energy and emotional energy start to finish.”
At the time of the mix’s original airing in December 2010, the then-21 year old producer had just recently released his debut single ‘Seek Bromance’. He would soon go on to release hit singles ‘Levels’ and ‘Fade Into Darkness’.
This mix introduced many to the DJ who would go onto become one of the most successful in the world before retiring from touring in 2016. At that time, he spoke candidly about his struggle with intensive touring and the immense pressure that came with stardom and would later open up about his alcoholism. Legendary trance DJ Armin van Buuren said in an interview last week that the tragic death of the DJ is a "wake-up call" and that the dance music industry must "stand up and see that this must never happen again”.
The cause of the DJ/producer’s – real name Tim Bergling – death remains unconfirmed. However, a statement made by his family last week said that the young artist “...could not go on any longer” and that “he wanted to find peace”. Following two autopsy reports, any “criminal suspicion” was ruled out in relation to his death.
Last week, thousands of fans gathered in Stockholm’s Sergels Torg plaza in memorial for Avicii.
DJ Mag’s digital editor Charlotte Lucy Cijffers reflected on the young DJs enormous influence on the global EDM community and on how his openness surrounding struggles with fame, touring and alcoholism gave a troubling, if necessary, insight into a side of dance music the world often does not see.
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