Avicii opens up to The Guardian about success of ‘Wake Me Up,’ shares pessimistic view on dance music
After the GQ publicity fiasco, Avicii has been taking a break from the limelight leaving interviews few and far between. Breaking his silence, Tim sat down with British publication The Guardian to answer questions on his recent success, as well as the state of dance music. The excerpt stating, “[…] but he’s the fastest selling artist of the year. So, it is time he cheered up a little?” sets the stage for the interview which sheds light on Avicii’s dissatisfaction with EDM as a whole.
“Originality is definitely missing from EDM,” he complains at one point. “There are people looking for it and exploring but I feel it’s so big now it is just getting milked. House music is losing all its melody as it becomes more about how dirty the drop is and how energetic it is. It loses touch with what music really is. It’s gotten to a point where everything sounds the same. There is no longevity in what’s happening at the moment.”
Bergling then goes into the issue of big money driving the unique artistry of the genre, and scoffs at the commercialization of Vegas stating; “Americans call it their version of Ibiza but it’s not. People go for a week and then leave. It’s a huge money-making machine. Everything is massive and expensive, there’s just so much money there. You can really feel it. Ibiza is about a passion for music, Vegas doesn’t feel real. It’s a product.”
Later on in the article Tim opens up about his insecurities stating, “I always thought people would not be interested in working with me. Why would they want to?” The author then concludes Avicii must not be enjoying himself the way a normal multi-millionaire should be, and Avicii might just be the poster boy of an “emo superstar DJ.”
Check out the rest of the article via The Guardian