Avicii speaks out on early retirement, ‘I can’t say I’m never going to have a show again’
The swift boom of EDM as a prosperous music market resulted in a new wave of popular DJs assuming a “rockstar” role within the larger industry. Avicii is a prime example of this phenomenon, having become famous at the onset of the EDM’s explosion onto the masses thanks to catchy singles like “Bromance” and “Levels.”
For eight years, his illustrious career translated into countless headlining slots at festivals, club shows around the world, and a mix public adoration and scrutiny. His strenuous celebrity life became increasingly toxic to his personal well-being, however, and thus, at the end of March, the 26-year-old made an emotional announcement that 2016 would be his last year touring.
Bergling provided further insight on his early retirement recently in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Daunted by the idea of carrying on such a lifestyle he was never fully able to adapt to for another “eight years,” he realized that this was the best way to preserve his physical and mental health. “The scene was not for me,” he says.” It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me.”
Now, however, he feels relieved of the negative energy he took on as a result, and is looking forward to focusing on himself and taking back his private life. “I just feel happy,” he says. “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.”
Despite ongoing health issues like struggles with alcohol that catalyzed acute pancreatitis and operations to remove his appendix and gallbladder, Avicii remains highly thankful for what he calls “the best journey of his life.” While the journey came with negative side effects, he feels proud of what he was able to accomplish in such a short time at a young age.
In fact, he’s not actually leaving music all together, just the touring aspect. An introvert at heart, Bergling intends on using his free time for even more music production, and is even considering writing songs for other artists in addition to finishing a third album of music. He even stated, “I can’t say I’m never going to have a show again,” meaning that there’s a likely chance of seeing him live again sometime in the future. Ultimately, the new chapter in his life is shaping up to be a win for both Bergling and his followers.