Twitter is the street that will never get dull for me especially with the Kenyans on twitter always finding something funny to say in any situation. The night Avicii (Tim Bergling) passed on, even the next morning; social media was awash with tributes. I also didn’t know that many people recognized or rather listened to Avicii’s music, but he made music for everyone, matter of fact.
I am still saddened by Avicii’s demise. Of course I haven’t interacted with him in person but that is how creative work is supposed to be. A creative makes something for people they might never meet and hopes that they like it and even better they resonate with it.
My first interaction with his music was in 2013. Just at the time when I started listening to music that was not necessarily being played on radio, I came across Levels. This was his first hit single across the globe. Even Tim himself never expected the song to have that big of a reception even when he knew that the song was special right from bringing the beat together. That’s the thing with, any form of, art; you create, but once it leaves your hands you do not have control over how people receive it.
While addressing the Nordic Leaders’ at a summit in White house in 2016, Uncle Obama hint at being an Avicii fan. I like it when someone I like, likes a thing or a person I also like (that was a mouthful, but you get it). After being a live performing DJ for a while, he quit performing on stage due to health reasons. That was a sad moment for me because I hoped I would catch him live in concert one time.
In one of his last messages posted on his website, he said, “I quit performing live, and many of you thought that was it. But the end of live never meant the end of Avicii or my music. Instead, I went back to the place where it all made sense – the studio. The next stage will be all about my love of making music to you guys. It is the beginning of something new.”
Just today, I came across a trailer of his documentary dubbed Avicii; True Stories that would be released later this year on October 26th. Apparently, even as an artist, he remained to be a very shy person that never liked being the center of attention. I am looking forward to the release and getting to know more about the Swedish DJ that revolutionized the EDM world.
One of my favorite songs that he ever made are I could be the one which he did alongside Nicky Romero. The video is what made me love it more. My friend Fiona and I used to make references to “Barbados one way” when we’ve had a long day at work. I love silhouettes, waiting for love too, the beat drop is sick!! Ok you get it, I love everything he ever created. My current favorites were anywhere and Lonely together which he did with Rita Ora.
One song that has remained on my loop today is his latest release before his death, Friend of mine where he featured Vargas and Lagola. I have to say that I love how he would cast old people in his videos. He captured that well. Through interacting with his art, I feel like he has become a friend of mine, a friend I never had the chance to meet.
At such a young age he had made a lot of music that will be heard and appreciated for years to come. May he rest in power as we wait to know who he was behind the stage name and his impeccable craft.
As a journalist, if I ever got a chance to interview him, I’d ask; how is it to be you?