Final Farewell for Tim: The Man Behind Avicii

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By Sanniah Hassan

“the [touring]scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me.” He clarified by saying, “I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”

This world is merely a stage and we are all but actors playing our parts, as Shakespeare put it. Since this life is a temporary stopover to our ultimate destinations, so why can we not make the most of it? People come and go everyday but, those who live their lives to the fullest, fulfilling their dreams and doing what they are passionate about are the ones that are remembered for many years to come.

The 28 year old, Swedish superstar DJ Tim Bergling performed as Avicii, died on the “20th of April, 2018, in Muscat, Oman” as confirmed by his publicist. He was a ‘genius’ in his field and was making electronic music as early as 2007. For someone who had such a short life, he accomplished far more than most of his contemporaries by getting to work with music giants like David Guetta, Madonna, and Coldplay. In March 2016, he announced that he was leaving touring due to health issues but, he assured his fans that he was not planning on leaving music. The same year he told The Hollywood Reporter, that “the [touring]scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me.” He clarified by saying, “I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”

His earliest hit was “Levels” which he released in 2011 and was almost instantaneously sucked into fame overnight.

Although he gained stardom almost immediately, he was very much an introvert at heart who was never comfortable with all the fame that came with his music. His 2013 single, Wake Me Up, was undoubtedly one of his best in which, Avicii has tackled the idea of doing what your heart desires. The video features two girls who are passionate about music and feeling isolated in a society that has no music. They are seen thriving at a concert (Avicii’s to be exact) where they share the interests of thousands of others and suddenly feel as if they belong because music connects them to each other and the thousand others in ways the two girls had never felt before.

He had leaps to cross and mountains to climb but, he left memories for millions through his music which was his rebellion against the world just as much as it was his acceptance of it.

However, it was his song “Feeling Good” which was released in collaboration with Volvo in which ‘new beginnings’ are ‘celebrated’ that truly presented Avicii as not just the DJ and music producer but as Tim, the man behind the public façade who just wanted to enjoy and create music away in his own personal way.

There are few artists who are remembered as Avicii will be, given that he passed away so early on in his career. He had leaps to cross and mountains to climb but, he left memories for millions through his music which was his rebellion against the world just as much as it was his acceptance of it. Rest in peace Tim, Avicii will surely live on.

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