By Scott Weisbrot
During one weekend when I was at Hunter Mountain for an overnight respite with Camp Loyaltown, I happened to check my phone and saw that Avicii passed away in Muscat, Oman. It took me like 10 to 15 minutes to make me realize that the story was real and when I did, it broke my heart. I got really upset and started crying because Avicii was my idol. He was the one that got me into electronic dance music (EDM) in the last 5 years.
On Saturday, we went to Woodstock, NY and spent the afternoon around Hunter Mountain. During karaoke night later that evening, I sang “Wake Me Up” by Avicii in rememberance. On Sunday, my twin brother Brett and my friend Rachel found a dead bird and decided to paint a rock orange in its honor. They named the dead bird Avicii. I was grateful to my friends for this because it made me feel better. I truly love EDM music.
During my sophomore year of high school, I used to listen to the radio every morning to help me wake up. Around this time, I grew more interested into EDM music. I started adding in EDM music into my top 40 stations, which also included alternative rock, country, and hip hop music.
The weekend Avicii passed away, I listened to every song of his, even the ones I never heard before. His music has power to make electronic music interesting because it gives me the energy I need to sustain daily energy.
Avicii was born in Stockholm, Sweden on the 8th of September, 1989. As a DJ, he used to tour around overseas hosting concerts for his fans. His first official release was “Fade in Darkness.” But, I didn’t first hear Avicii’s music until “Levels” back in 2011. It was a major success and that’s when Avicii decided to make more successful songs. With his success, he won awards and was nominated for best DJ in the world.
In 2012, he was interviewed with Radio Host Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1 which was the world popular pop music station in the United Kingdom. In 2015, Avicii was interview with my favorite radio host Astra on 92.3 AMP Radio on Valentines Day. Avicii’s album True was his most successful studio album, and in my opinion, the greatest album he did. Avicii spent many nights touring around the globe to express his fans what he loved the most. Unfortunately, he had to retire from touring because he was having health concerns and mental health issues because of the lack of rest. And in 2017, Avicii released last unforgettable pop/dance success song “Lonely Together” (featuring Rita Ora). I loved this song because it works perfectly in both formats.
As soon I realize that Avicii was gone, I decided to go through all of his songs even the ones I don’t play, on Spotify. Listening to his music, Avicii has a range of different songs for every moment and all types of dance songs. From less bass to heavy bass, every song has a different storyline. This makes every song good. He always was able to use the right beat to fit the song and the type of music, and they match perfectly.
When “SOS” (featuring Aloe Blacc) came in 2019, the song was dedicated to Avicii for his greatest songs across that decade. That same year, Chris Martin from Coldplay cowrote the song “Heaven”, which was Avicii’s last song. This song was created before his death and was finished by Nicky Romeo, who was able to find the new music on Avicii’s computer.
Behind the scenes of “SOS” (featuring Aloe Blacc) with Avicii
Avicii’s music continues to live on for generations of EDM fans.
Edited by avanicole23