Apr 05, 2011

If ever there were a meteoric rise to fame in house music, it would be that of 21-year old Tim Bergling, aka Avicii. Having achieved almost overnight success, it seems the sky is the limit for the young Swede. Check out our Miami Music Week interview with the newest titan of EDM.

Tom Hangs feat Shermanology - Blessed (Avicii Edit)
LessThan3: How were you able to spin three times at Ultra, which is more than any other DJ this year?
Tim: I have no idea [laughter]. I don’t have anything to do with those bookings, but it is pretty exciting.
LessThan3: What is your favorite song that you’ve released?
Tim: Bromance. That track has done a lot for me, and I had a really good feeling about that track from the first moment I started it.
LessThan3: I’m glad that your favorite is everyone else’s favorite; that doesn’t happen all the time. You released the instrumental version before the vocal version; is that how it worked sequentially in the studio too?
Tim: Yep; we released the instrumental and a couple of French guys did a bootleg of it with Amanda Wilson (the vocalist) and her track “The Love You Seek.” It really started taking off, and we were going to release the instrumental on Ministry of Sound, but they really got into the vocal version, so Amanda resang everything and we released the vocal version.
LessThan3: How did the video come into play?
Tim: I actually am not sure how it came into play; it was Ministry of Sound’s idea. They sent us a draft of what they wanted it to be and we gave some feedback and then it came out.
LessThan3: You’ve had a meteoric rise to fame at such a young age; does it ever get overwhelming?
Tim: I’m trying to not think about that aspect of it too much. I am just trying to take it day by day and go with the flow. It’s all too exciting to worry about.
LessThan3: How do your friends feel about your success?
Tim: They’ve always been very supportive of me and given me a lot of feedback; they also come to a lot of my shows. They really think it’s kind of funny.
LessThan3: Were you in college when you really started producing seriously?
Tim: I actually started in high school, and I had plans to continue, but then everything started to take off so I never made it to university. I’ve been working almost every day on music since the first day I started. It’s always been a dream of mine, but you never think you’re actually going to do it, so when it actually happens, you just run with it.
LessThan3: Did you have any instrumental training growing up? You use a lot of piano in your tracks so we thought maybe you were a pianist.
Tim: No, not at all; I just love the piano. For me it is the ultimate instrument; there is no other instrument that you can do all the harmonies with like the piano. You can do everything with the piano—every genre, every type of music. I’m starting to learn how to play the piano formally now, and I play a bit of guitar, but pretty badly [laughter].
LessThan3: Who would you say are your main musical influences?
Tim: Swedish House Mafia and Eric Prydz. They were the ones that got me into house music in the first place, and they’re still a really big influence on me today.
LessThan3: Do you listen to a lot of trance? You use a lot of trancey elements in your music.
Tim: I actually don’t, surprisingly. I like it, I just don’t listen to it all that much.
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