Avicii has opened up as to why he is retiring from the scene and what his future plans are once touring is finally finished.
It was news that shocked all of us in the dance music community, to wake up and find that one of dance music’s biggest artists, at the age of twenty-six, was retiring from touring and taking time out after the end of 2016, yes we are talking about Avicii and this is news that did not go down lightly in the scene.
He has been struggling with his health for some time, taking time out for around a year to recover from surgery before returning with his brand new album ‘Stories’. Things seemed to be on the up for Avicii, aka Tim Bergling, but that wasn’t the case as behind the scenes, the artist was struggling big time, and reported in The Hollywood Reporter, he looked far from healthy. His decision to leave the touring behind and also dance music, wasn’t an easy decision to make.
I was nervous when I made the announcement, mainly that I would look ungrateful. But I’ve gotten so many supportive texts from friends in the industry, other DJs, other artists. The fan response has been incredible. And even the press response has been incredible. So yeah, its been a lot better than I expected. – Avicii
In less that twenty-four hours, it was revealed that the BBC has signed up the artists documentary, titled the same as his newest album, ‘Stories’ and this is set to arrive very soon, an insight into the struggles and pain of a superstar DJ, as he went from little to unknown to one of the biggest stars in the scene, with smash hits such as ‘Wake Me Up’, ‘Levels’, ‘Hey Brother’ and many more hits. But his retirement is solely around his health, a decision he based for himself, to benefit himself and it’s completely understandable.
I just feel happy. I feel free at this point. Like I have my private life back and focusing on myself for the first time in a long time,” he says. “This was obviously the hardest decision of my life so far. But so far it has paid off tremendously in terms of well-being for me. I’m happier than I have been in a very very long time. Stress-free more than I have been in a very long time. I can’t say I’m never going to have a show again. I just don’t think I’m going to go back to the touring life. – Avicii
The broad nature of the interview also meant that Avicii revealed that he would still continue to produce music, with a potential new album on the way as well, with more music expected than usual as the artist will have more time to spend in the studio. Despite his retirement from the touring circuit, it looks like Avicii will not be disappearing anytime soon and I look forward to hearing what new music he will have in store for us. Keep an eye out for his name.