Avicii

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Avicii
Background information
Birth nameTim Bergling
Also known asTim Berg
Tom Hangs
Avicii
Born(1989-09-08) 8 September 1989 (age 23)
OriginStockholm, Sweden
GenresHouse, Progressive house, Electro house
OccupationsElectronic musician, DJ, record producer
InstrumentsKeyboard
Years active2007–present
LabelsLE7ELS, Vicious, Big Beat, Ultra, Capitol, Joia, UMG
Associated actsDavid Guetta, Brendan Ganesan, Sebastien Drums, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Turner, Nicky Romero, John Dahlback, Alesso, Mike Posner
Websitewww.avicii.com
 
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Avicii
Background information
Birth nameTim Bergling
Also known asTim Berg
Tom Hangs
Avicii
Born(1989-09-08) 8 September 1989 (age 23)
OriginStockholm, Sweden
GenresHouse, Progressive house, Electro house
OccupationsElectronic musician, DJ, record producer
InstrumentsKeyboard
Years active2007–present
LabelsLE7ELS, Vicious, Big Beat, Ultra, Capitol, Joia, UMG
Associated actsDavid Guetta, Brendan Ganesan, Sebastien Drums, Lenny Kravitz, Eric Turner, Nicky Romero, John Dahlback, Alesso, Mike Posner
Websitewww.avicii.com

Tim Bergling, (born 8 September 1989), known professionally as Avicii (pronounced ə-VEE-chee), is a Swedish DJ, remixer, model, and record producer.[1] Avicii ranked No. 6 on the Top 100 DJs list by DJ Magazine in 2011,[2] and ranked even higher coming at No. 3 on the Top 100 DJs list by DJ Magazine in 2012.[3]

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Early life

Tim Bergling was born on September 8, 1989 in Stockholm, Sweden. He began remixing and producing tracks in his own bedroom at the age of 18. His friends convinced him to put his work on various music blogs online, which led to him gaining a huge following and led to support from legendary DJ and Producer Tiësto, who invited him to perform a weekly residency at Privilege Ibiza. Also, he gained support from Pete Tong who released his first single "Manman" through his Bedroom Bedlam label.[4] In May of 2008, Avicii signed to At Night Management.

Influences

Avicii has said that his influences include Tiësto, Laidback Luke, Eric Prydz, Daft Punk, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello and Axwell.

"I’ve always been into music, and growing up with older siblings. I’ve also had loads of different influences when it comes to my music taste. There are loads of other people that have influenced me but I think the biggest inspirations I’ve had aside from my manager has been the Swedish House Mafia guys and Eric Prydz, they were the ones who first got me into house!" Avicii – April 2011[5]

Musical Career

2010-2011

In 2010 Avicii released a collaboration with fellow Swedish DJ John Dahlbäck, titled "Don't Hold Back." He additionally worked on projects with internationally-recognized DJs Tiësto and Sebastian Ingrosso.[4] While his work is primarily electronic synthetic tracks, EMI released a vocal version of his track "Bromance," titled "Seek Bromance."[5] "Seek Bromance", reached the top 20 in several countries including Belgium, France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Sweden. He also remixed Nadia Ali's classic single "Rapture" for her album Queen of Clubs Trilogy: Onyx Edition. In October 2010, Avicii signed with the European A&R team with EMI Music Publishing, one of the recording industry's "big four". In 2011, his collaboration track, "Sunshine", with David Guetta was nominated for a Grammy award under the category for Best Dance Recording.[6] His track 'Penguin' was sampled by Leona Lewis on single "Collide". The sampling was not accredited and led to controversy as Avicii attempted to block the single's release. However, the matter was resolved outside of court with representatives stating "that Leona Lewis and Avicii will work together on the forthcoming single of Collide".[7] In 2011, Avicii released "Levels" (sampling the song "Something's Got a Hold on Me" by Etta James), which reached the top ten in India, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and topped the charts in Hungary, Norway and Sweden.

Levels

Avicii's most notable song has been the single "Levels" which was released officially October 28, 2011. The song had already been a major hit in the electronic music world all through 2011, but after its official release it became a huge mainstream hit, greatly increasing Avicii's popularity. The song was written by Tim Bergling and contains a vocal sample from the 1963 gospel-inspired "Something's Got a Hold on Me" by Etta James. The same vocal sample was used first by Pretty Lights in his 2006 song "Finally Moving". This sample was also used by Drum and Bass producer Logistics - "Call Me Back" and Flo Rida in his single "Good Feeling", which was produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut. It bears a close resemblance to the "Levels" song. In the Britain's Got Talent semi-final, Greig Stewart performed this song on laser harp.

2012-Present

On 23 March 2012, Avicii's unsigned single "Last Dance" was previewed on Pete Tong's show on BBC Radio 1. The song was later released on August 27, 2012. At Ultra Music Festival 2012 in Miami he premiered two tracks, "Girl Gone Wild (Avicii's UMF Remix)" with Madonna and "Superlove" with Lenny Kravitz. "Madonna vs. Avicii - Girl Gone Wild (Avicii's UMF Remix)" was released on April 20, 2012, and Avicii vs. Lenny Kravitz - "Superlove" was released on May 29, 2012. After reaching two million followers on Facebook, Avicii released a new song titled "Two Million". It was put out as a free download on his official Soundcloud page. On April 27, 2012, Avicii released "Silhouettes (Avicii song)". Featuring vocals from Salem Al Fakir, this song peaked at #5 on the UK Dance charts and #4 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs. Later in the summer, he was a featured performer on August 4, 2012 at Lollapalooza festival in Chicago's Grant Park. His performance was streamed online. On August 12, 2012, Avicii released "Dancing In My Head (Avicii's 'Been Cursed' Mix) on Beatport. The track features vocals from Eric Turner. A radio edit of the track, titled "Dancing In My Head (Tom Hangs Mix)" was released on August 14, 2012 on iTunes, and a remix EP was later released on October 30, 2012 featuring remixes from Charlie Bernardo and Michael Woods. At his shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, he played a preview of his new track with Mike Posner titled "Stay With You". This track has yet to be released. On December 29, 2012, Avicii released his highly anticipated "I Could Be The One" with Nicky Romero. Formerly known as "Nicktim", the song's title was changed after vocals by Noonie Bao were added. After first being debuted at his shows almost a year earlier, the track finally got released via Avicii's record label LE7ELS. The new vocal version was released along with an instrumental version, a radio edit, and remixes from Audrio and Didrick. Avicii is currently ranked number 3 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs List for 2012, moving up three spots from his position at number six in 2011.

Radio City Music Hall

On September 26, 2012, Avicii made history by being the first DJ to headline world famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He performed two sold out shows on September 26 and 27. The September 27 show sold out in under one minute. He was supported by Matt Goldman and Cazzette at the two shows.

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