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Poll 2018: Avicii

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Nothing shocked the dance music world more this year than the tragic passing of Avicii. The Swedish DJ/producer (real name: Tim Bergling) died in April in Muscat, Oman, after a long and widely-publicised battle with addiction and mental health issues. Shortly after his death, his parents released a heartbreaking statement implying the DJ had taken his own life. The tragic event brought into sharp focus the insane pressures put on young people in the music industry, particularly artists suddenly thrust into the spotlight with little support or stability. Avicii, who shot to fame as the posterboy of the late-noughties EDM boom, was reportedly playing up to 300 shows a year at his touring peak, developing acute pancreatitis as a result of his hectic life on the road. His exhaustion and anxiety were well documented in his fly-on-the-wall Netflix documentary, Avicii: True Stories, which was removed from the streaming service shortly after his death. Despite the tragic nature of his passing, the dance music community has rallied together to celebrate Avicii’s life and creativity — Bergling is reported to have been working on 10 new tracks with disco legend Nile Rodgers at the time of his death.

No word yet on if the tracks will see the light of day, though the diverse and impressive catalogue left behind by the Swede will be more than enough to cement his enduring legacy. Many fans voted for him in this year’s Top 100 DJs poll, and lots of Top 100 DJs have namechecked him to underline the point that he is sorely missed by everyone.

Words: CHARLOTTE LUCY CIJFFERS

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-12 11:03

Poll 2017: Avicii

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Despite retiring from touring back in March of 2016, 2017 has still been an important year for DJ, producer and songwriter Avicii. Real name Tim Bergling, the Swedish superstar released his comeback EP — titled ‘Avīci’ — last month which featured collaborations with AlunaGeorge, Billy Raffoul, Vargas & Lagola and Sandro Cavazza. His team-up with Rita Ora, 'Lonely Together', also proved particularly successful for the Nordic native, with Avicii promising two more EPs are currently in the pipeline. 

But it's not just his own material Avicii has been busy working on since he quit life on the road. He's also been in the studio with disco legend Nile Rodgers working on Chic's comeback album, which is expected to be released early next year.

Holed up in Stockholm since his retirement, fans will now be able to get a monthly taste of the producer thanks to his new radio show, Avicii FM, plus his much-anticipated ‘True Stories’ documentary, which debuted in selected theatres at the close of October. The work of director Levan Tsikurishvili, the film traces the unvarnished truth behind the success of the Grammy-nominated star — it’s an honest account of what it’s like to hit the big time. 

Tsikurishvili followed Avicii for over four years to make the flick, capturing his beginnings, the successes, and subsequent struggles with his physical and mental health. The film features appearances by Chris Martin, David Guetta, Wyclef Jean and Chic’s Nile Rodgers, and is a rare and important insight into the producer's journey thus far.

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Jon Dommett - 2017-10-17 13:06

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