Guys, Avicii Is Retiring From Touring But It’s All Going To Be Okay
Avicii, the 26-year old Grammy nominated and world-renowned DJ sent the EDM community into shock when he announced on Tuesday afternoon that he would be retiring from touring and live performing.
DOES THIS MEAN HE WON'T BE AT COACHELLA?!! POPPING MOLLY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME! ::raises fists to the sky::
The Swedish superstar - whose given name is Tim Bergling - is credited by many with changing the way that mainstream music fans viewed and consumed EDM, most specifically with his Aloe Blacc-sung hit "Wake Me Up" as well as "Hey Brother," on which he collaborated with bluegrass singer Dan Tyminksi.
The announcement came in the form of a long letter posted on his website in which Bergling thanks a gajillion people with whom he has worked or collaborated, and he kind of adorably tries to explain why someone so young and so accomplished would be retiring from their most monetarily successful line of work.
Here are a few excerpts:
"Thank you for letting me fulfil so many of my dreams. I will be forever grateful to have experienced and accomplished all that I have with the help of the team around me and my beloved fans. Thank you to all my peers in the business for building a new movement that took the world by storm and I was lucky enough to be in the middle of it. Thank you to all my partners through the years who believed in what I have created and wanted to amplify my work to a truly global presence..."
"Thank you to all artists, musicians and songwriters who have helped me develop musically and personally, the list is long but there is no one I've worked with where I haven't learnt something...."
"But last but not least thank you to every fan who has ever bought a ticket or snuck in, bought a song or downloaded it, commented on posts or hated at them. Its your thoughts and ideas about the music that helped me evolve and I do owe everything I have to you..."
"My path has been filled with success but it hasn’t come without its bumps. I’ve become an adult while growing as an artist, I’ve come to know myself better and realize that there’s so much I want to do with my life. I have strong interests in different areas but there’s so little time to explore them..."
"My choices and career have never been driven by material things, although I’m grateful for all the opportunities and comforts my success has availed me. I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.
I will however never let go of music - I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang!
One part of me can never say never, I could be back ...but I won’t be right back."
Well there you have it. The thing about Avicii is that however you feel about EDM in general, you have to respect that many of the top DJs in the in the world are also some of the best music producers as well; which is something that he may be exploring further. He's clearly uber-talented and hard working, and now he will have time to follow in Calvin Harris' footsteps and perhaps find his very own Taylor Swift!
Hey Selena Gomez...you single, girl? ::nudge nudge::
Of course, we can't fully ignore the fact that people are absurdly heartbroken over this 20-something kid announcing a pseudo-retirement that isn't actually a retirement. It's just a shift in career focus. It's not like the dude is going to fall of the map. Here's a sampling of the reaction from the EDM community and fans that ranges from heartfelt to bonkers:
Ok fine, Deadmau5 kinda nailed it. Points.
Throwing it all the way back to... early 2009! The old days when Obama was only in his first term!
Yes, brave. That's the word that has been on the tip of my tongue since hearing that this 26-year-old worth $75 million was going to take some down time to swim in pools of cash and ladies. Thanks Nicky.
I think the reason a lot of people hate EDM is because guys in their mid-20's are considered "legends." Just saying.
That was a quick promotion from legend to god.
Do these people understand that retirement doesn't mean he died?
Aoki does seem like he'd be fun to party with...
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