Avicii Talks About Touring Fatigue, Loneliness And New Music

At the age of 26 one of the top dj’s in the world hung up his headphones and decided to stop touring in order to take take care of his health. Swedish producer Tim Bergling aka Avicii took a much needed break but continued to make music. He says he is now “getting back into” DJing. That doesn’t mean he is ready hit hit the road again just yet after announcing his retirement but he is starting to find his love again. He revealed that despite retiring from touring he still has decks, and has started using them again after he “couldn’t look at them” following his final shows. For now he just wants to lead a “normal life.”His 6 track “Avicii” EP released in August features collaborations with Rita Ora, AlunaGeorge, Billy Raffoul, Vargas & Lagola and Sandro Cavazza including the hit song “Without You” featured on Z1035. Avicii has been busy in the studio with various writers and has spent time with the legendary Nile Rogers and is working on a comeback album for Chic. Avicii’s forthcoming documentary ‘True Stories’ is set to premiere Fall 2017. He recently talked about his touring fatigue, disappointing former collaborators, his continued inability to enjoy music in the live setting, and trading success for happiness earlier in his career. During a recent interview with ‘Rolling Stone’ Avicii talked about the difficult time he had prior to his tour retirement, a period that included an inflamed pancreas, burst appendix, and gallbladder removal. “The whole thing was about success for the sake of success. I wasn’t getting any happiness anymore”  The studio sessions helped his healing process and a commitment to studio work rejuvenated his artistic spirit. He said “Now that I have more time in the studio, I want to learn as much about other genres as possible. That’s what I love the most – having a session with Nile Rodgers, for instance, and getting an understanding of music that’s invaluable.” This extra time is something he wishes he had more of when working with Madonna on her ‘Rebel Heart’ album: “A lot of things start suffering when you don’t have the energy or time to do things properly. You think you can get away with it, but the quality suffers.” Since going on hiatus from touring Avicii has yet to even witness a live show: “I’m still traumatized. But I’m sure I will again. I’ve started being able to listen to music again, getting a little bit of that joy back.” Avicci spoke about his new forthcoming album and said“I want to bring back some older songs for the die-hard fans, but I also want to make new stuff so it sounds fresh. So I’m a little bit nervous.” Avicii talked about the song “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” from Mike Posner and said “Mike’s a good friend, so I took it as an honor. And I agree – parties can be amazing, but it’s very easy to become too attached to partying in places like Ibiza. You become lonely and get anxieties. It becomes toxic.” Read the full interview in Rolling Stone Magazine. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/avicii-talks-quitting-touring-disappointing-madonna-w500622

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