DJ Avicii, aka Tim Bergling, is mesmerizing the world with his melodies.
He’s been nominated for two VMAs, one for Best Video with a Social Message, and the other for Best Pop Video.
Let’s learn more about the 24-year-old EDM star.
1. He’s Arguably the Biggest DJ in the World
— Tim Bergling (@Avicii) January 23, 2014
A typical work day for him starts at 2 p.m. and ends around 5 a.m.
In an interview with GQ, he said, “I love DJing, I do. I love everything that comes with it; it’s fun and it’s kind of glamorous.”
However, there are times when the superstar feels out of place. “It’s just like when it’s right in the moment and you have that stupid bright light on you. It feels so awkward,” he admitted.
The first show he ever did was in front of 1,000 people.
2. His Breakthrough Was ‘Wake Me Up’
The song was the first single off his 2013 album, True.
He told Ask Men why he chose that title. “…because over the course of the last couple of months, I’ve tried to remain true to myself and the music that I have made with all these different people. It feels like whatever people like to say about it, with all the controversy surrounding it, I’ve been true to myself. This is what I like. I mean, it’s very personal to me; this album is for me more than for anyone else,” he explained.
“Wake Me Up” was released on June 17, 2013, and held the number one spot in 22 countries. Rolling Stone named it number 26 in its “100 Best Songs of 2013” list.
3. He Stopped Drinking & Met His Girlfriend the Next Day
— Dennis Alberra (@Avicii_GER) August 17, 2014
Experiencing a whirlwind of success at such a young age, he started relying on alcohol more and more.
“You are traveling around, you live in a suitcase, you get to this place, there’s free alcohol everywhere—it’s sort of weird if you don’t drink…I was so nervous. I just got into a habit, because you rely on that encouragement and self-confidence you get from alcohol, and then you get dependent on it,” he told GQ.
When he was 21, it all caught up with him and he got a pancreatitis attack. “So that forced me to do a 180 and stop drinking,” he told Time.
The day after he ended his bout with alcohol, he met his girlfriend. “I’ve gone out partying sober and I’ve met my new girlfriend from day one sober…” he told Time.
He is dating Racquel Natasha, a fashion blogger.
4. ‘Avicii’ Means the Lowest Level of Hell
He told Time, “Avici is the lowest level of Buddhist hell.’
He added another “i” on MySpace, the name, “Avici” was taken.
5. His New Album Will Feature Guest Musicians
Rolling Stone reported that “collaborators this time include Jon Bon Jovi, Serj Tankian of System of a Down and Chris Martin of Coldplay. There’s a song with Billie Joe Armstrong called “No Pleasing a Woman,” and a reggae duet between Wyclef Jean and Matisyahu.”