- Published: 20/09/2016
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Date of Birth: 08 September 1989
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Residence: Stockholm / LA
Status: Active (but not touring)
Career: 2007 – Present
While better known as by his stage, Tim Bergling aka Avicii is a Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer. His stage name came about after his real name was already taken on MySpace. Avicii means “the lowest level of Buddhist hell”.
Drawing inspiriting from such artists as Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia and Eric Prydz, Bergling manages to fuse these together with his only creatively to create a unique musical style. Bergling often recalls that he was “listening to a lot of Daft Punk, way before I knew what house music was” and that provided the catilist for his own musical style.
In May 2007, Avicii signed on with the Dejfitts Plays label. His first big hit song “Seek Bromance”, was released in 2010. This song charted within the top 20 in several countries including Belgium, France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Sweden. This hit allowed Avicii to jump ship to a bigger label and in October 2010, Bergling signed with the European A&R team with EMI Music Publishing.
Among his many hits are “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother”. Both tracks first appeared on his debut studio album, True, in 2013. The album was generally well received by the critics and peaked within the top 10 albums charts in more than 15 countries. In 2015, Bergling released his second studio album, Stories.
In spite of great commercial touring success, Avicii announced on Facebook that he would be retiring from performing live and touring in 2016 but would continue to produce music. On 28 August 2016, Bergling performed his final live performance in Ibiza, before retiring from touring citing health concerns.
Away from music, Bergling, in 2011 began working with his manager to start House for Hunger. This charity is dedicated to alleviating global hunger. In addition to donating $1 million to Feeding America, a charity founded by John van Hengel, House for Hunger has helped fund the efforts of The Feed Foundation, started by Laura Bush, allowing it to distribute over two million school meals throughout Africa.
Bergling was ranked third on DJ Mag in 2012 and 2013
2 Grammy Award nominations
Avicii reported nightly fee is a cool $250,000
Ralph Lauren has used Bergling in an ad campaign
He owns a $1500 2 watt laser pointer