from: Dancing astronaut staff
April 19, 2019
On Saturday, the 20th of April, Avicii celebrates for the first time. Avicii, born Tim Bergling, died of suicide in Muscat, Oman, and ended a career-long struggle with depression and addiction. The news of the sudden death of the Swedish superstar left the international dance music community far behind. Now, a year later, it is clear that the shock has not completely subsided. The empty space in which Avicii's generational talent once stood has not diminished significantly over the past year – in fact, Bergling's newly released, posthumous Aloe Blacc collaboration "SOS" has indeed expanded it. A year later, it still hurts the same way.
That's because those close to the "Wake Me Up" star understood that he was in a period of unbridled creativity and worked on what they believe is one of Stockholm's best materials Favorite son ever wrote. Fortunately, the Avicii family has taken the right steps to ensure that their son's legacy lives on in a meaningful and effective way. A foundation created in his name and the promise of TIM, Avicii's posthumous album, released later in the summer, has helped close the wound somewhat. But in the end, one can say with certainty that dance music will never fully recover from Avicii's death – he was undoubtedly the brightest star and most beloved torchbearer of the genre at the time of his death.
More pleasing, however, is the fact that Avicii's death has contributed to a much wider discussion of the indescribable importance of the intersection of mental health and entertainment. After his death, Bergling helped dissolve the stigma that is often associated with mental health problems, although much remains to be done there.
Or maybe it's still so painful because dance music as a global phenomenon is still relatively young. Before Bergling's death, EDM felt too young to have real facts. In comparison, there are many fallen visionaries in the Rock & Roll story, from Jim Morrison to Janis Joplin. Unfortunately, Hip-Hop is no different with Nipsey Hussle, Big L, Tupac and the Notorious BIG. However, before Avicii, the EDM community did not really have many canonized saints. No Kurt Cobain, who could take on the role of champion too soon. That changed last April, and the reason why it still hurts is perhaps that electronic dance music is still struggling with the ever-increasing efforts to establish its history.
I love it or hate it, EDM is now running in a 24-hour news cycle. But the news of Bergling's death brought it to a standstill within a few minutes – really for the first time. The news spread in the following weeks in a sad, melancholy silence, as more and more tributes flowed in and the consumers of dance music mourned together. The news cycle finally recovered, but it seems the fans did not. A year later and things are not quite as quiet as on April 20, but the gap in dance music that Avicii has left behind is undoubtedly there –Long live Avicii.
Picture credits: Sean Eriksson
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