If you've listened to the radio at any point since 2013, chances are you've heard of Avicii. His music not only redefined the bond between electronic music and pop, but set the stage for many artists to come. Today, on Friday, April 20, we're remembering Avicii: the Swedish producer has been found dead at the age 28.
Avicii was found dead today in Muscat, Oman. This statement was released by his publicist:
A cause of death has not been revealed. Avicii retired from touring two years ago as a result of severe medical issues, so that may play a part in what led to his death. Nothing can be said for certain.
Avicii's music was much more than just club music that you couldn't escape. It was the definition of club music, and started the idea of it in the first place. Coming from the house capital of the world, Sweden, Avicii had to make a splash. And what came of it was a genre-defying combination of country-pop and electronica. He spawned unfathomably huge hits in 'Levels' and 'Wake Me Up,' and didn't sacrifice quality for quantity. Every song he released had a powerful meaning behind it, and every word hit the soul on a personal level. As his song 'The Nights' chants: "One day you'll leave this world behind / So live a life you will remember."
Avicii's story is one of perseverance and an undying belief that he would one day make it, and make it he did. Even though he's gone, his influence will live on for decades to come, and he'll be remembered in the hearts of musicians, fans, and music lovers alike. The most important thing to remember, however, is not how much he changed music, but how you can do the same. Avicii is proof that no matter who you are, you can live your dream and change the world as long as you believe in yourself.
Rest in peace, Tim Bergling. Thank you for your music.