Tim Berg/Avicii

Tim Berg aka Avicii

Tim Bergling was born on 8 September 1989 in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 2010 Avicii released a collaboration with fellow Swedish DJ John Dahlbäck, titled “Don’t Hold Back.” He additionally worked on projects with internationally-recognized DJs Tiësto and Sebastian Ingrosso. While his work is primarily electronic synthetic tracks, EMI released a vocal version of his track “Bromance,” titled “Seek Bromance“.”Seek Bromance”, reached the top 20 in several countries including Belgium, France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Sweden. He also remixed Nadia Ali’s classic single “Rapture” for her album Queen of Clubs Trilogy: Onyx Edition. In October 2010, Avicii signed with the European A&R team with EMI Music Publishing, one of the recording industry’s “big four”.

In 2011, his collaboration track, “Sunshine”, with David Guetta was nominated for a Grammy award under the category for Best Dance Recording. His track ‘Penguin’ was sampled by Leona Lewis on single “Collide”. The sampling was not accredited and led to controversy as Avicii attempted to block the single’s release. However, the matter was resolved outside of court with representatives stating “that Leona Lewis and Avicii will work together on the forthcoming single of Collide”. In 2011, Avicii released “Levels” (sampling the song “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” by Etta James), which reached the top ten in India, Croatia, Bosnia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and topped the charts in Hungary, Norway and Sweden.

Avicii’s influences include Tiësto, Daft Punk, Laidback Luke, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello and Axwell.

“I’ve always been into music, and growing up with older siblings. I’ve also had loads of different influences when it comes to my music taste. There are loads of other people that have influenced me but I think the biggest inspirations I’ve had aside from my manager has been the Swedish House Mafia guys and Eric Prydz, they were the ones who first got me into house!” Avicii – April 2011

Avicii’s most notable song has been the single “Levels” which was released officially 28 Oct 2011. The song had already been a major hit in the EDM world all through 2011, but after its official release it became a huge mainstream hit, greatly increasing Avicii’s popularity. The song was written by Tim Bergling and contains a vocal sample from the 1963 gospel-inspired “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” by Etta James. The same vocal sample was used first by Pretty Lights in his 2006 song “Finally Moving”. This sample was also used by Drum and Bass producer Logistics – “Call Me Back” and Flo Rida in his single “Good Feeling”, which was produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut. It bears a close resemblance to the “Levels” song. In the Britain’s Got Talent semi-final, Greig Stewart performed this song on laser harp.

On 23 March 2012, Avicii’s unsigned single “Last Dance” was previewed on Pete Tong’s show on BBC Radio 1. At Ultra Music Festival 2012 he played a teaser of his remix of Ruth-Anne’s “All You Need Is Love”. Also, Avicii played two new remixes, Madonna’s “Girl Gone Wild” titled “Avicii vs Madonna – Girl Gone Wild” (Avicii’s UMF Remix) and Avicii vs Lenny Kravitz – Superlove.
Avicii recently released a new song after reaching two million followers on Facebook. This song, “2 Million” was put out as a free download on his official Soundcloud. He was a featured performer on August 4, 2012 at Lollapalooza in Chicago’s Grant Park. A month later, on September 7, Avicii performed in front of a wild crowd of university and college students in Oshawa, Ontario.






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