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Some curiosities about Avicii, the historic Swedish DJ who left us exactly five years ago

Tim Bergling, or Avicii, was a disk jockey, composer and music producer beloved worldwide for his works, as well as, in all likelihood, the most famous DJ of the past decade.

His tracks topped the world charts, from "Levels" to "Wake Me Up" to "Hey Brother": in his short career the Swedish DJ made millions of people dance and have fun.

Despite his fame, it was known to all that he was fragile, which led him to isolate himself and withdraw from the music scene at a very young age, until his dramatic death at the age of 28 on April 20, 2018.

Here are 5 curiosities to remember the talent of the unforgettable Avicii.

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Avicii left us exactly five years ago
Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, was a disk jockey, composer and music producer beloved worldwide, as well as, one of the most famous DJs of the past decade. His tracks topped the world charts, from Levels to Wake Me Up to Hey Brother: in his short career, the Swedish DJ made millions of people dance and have fun.Despite his fame, it was known to all that he was fragile, which led him to isolate himself and withdraw from the music scene at a very young age, until his dramatic death at the age of 28, on April 20, 2018. Here are 5 interesting facts to remember the talent of the unforgettable Avicii.
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The origin of the stage name
"Avici" in Sanskrit literally means "without waves," and this term represents in Buddhism the last level of hell. Tim Bergling, the Swedish DJ's real name, then decided to call himself Avici, but this nickname had already been chosen on MySpace, where the musician uploaded his productions: for this, Tim chose to add an "i" and from that moment his stage name became Avicii.
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As was noted Avicii
Avicii discovered the world of music production in 2008, at only 19 years old, when he began using software to make electronic music. Initially he began working as a self-taught artist, designing all night long on the computer. However, his work had the desired results: after uploading his projects online, Avicii was noticed on a blog by a young Swedish music agent of Persian origin, Ash Pournouri, who later became his manager, getting him to sign a contract with his agency "At Night Management".
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The musical idols of Avicii
One of Tim's mentors was Dutch DJ Tiësto, who in 2010 nominated Avicii as the Best Promising DJ/Producer of the Year and invited him to perform a week at Privilege in Ibiza. However, the Swedish DJ's idols also include Daft Punk and Swedish House Mafia, among the leading exponents of the house music world.
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The collaboration with Chris Martin
During his short but intense career, Avicii has worked with many world-renowned artists, such as Robbie Williams. One of his best collaborations was with Chris Martin, frontman of Coldplay. It was Chris himself who asked Avicii to produce the song "A Sky Full of Stars": it seems that the DJ made about 600 versions of the song before arriving at the final one to propose to the singer. This hints at the passion he had Tim for music. Later, Chris Martin sang in the song by Avicii "Heaven", released after DJ's death.
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The extraordinary tribute after his death
The tragic death of Avicii shocked fans and colleagues alike: the tribute to him was memorable. For example, after the announcement of his passing, the bells of the Cathedral at Utrecht rang out three of his famous songs, while the ceremony in his memory ended with an intense choir and organ version of his famous song Wake Me Up". But that's not enough. On December 5, 2019, a concert in his honor was held in Stockholm with David Guetta, Rita Ora, Kygo and many other singers with whom Tim worked, supported by an orchestra, thus fulfilling one of DJ's dreams for his music live. All profits were donated to the Tim Bergling Foundation, dedicated to the prevention of mental disorders and suicide.
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