04/23/18 New York (AFP) Rock 'n' roll had Buddy Holly, the psychedelic era had Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin and grunge had Kurt Cobain. Now electronic dance music has Avicii. Swedish DJ Avicii's death 04/20/18 at age 28 marks a symbolic coming-of-age for a genre that remains resolutely youthful, with the first electronic superstar to die near his prime. More
Who Is He
If asked who Tim Bergling is, most people would be stumped. But bring up his stage name, Avicii, and people may start immediately dancing. A member of a new class of DJs-as-stars that includes Calvin Harris, Zedd and David Guetta, Avicii began to make waves in the world of Electronic Dance Music in 2011 with his Grammy-nominated hit, “Levels”. This song went on to be sampled by other songs that topped charts and set in motion a unique career in which the Swedish-born DJ has dominated radio airwaves without most people actually knowing much about him. The album that established him as a legitimate star was 2013’s True, which contained the smash, “Wake Me Up”. With vocals from rising singer-songwriter, Aloe Blacc, the song previewed Avicii’s newfound interest in fusing EDM with elements of Country, Folk and Bluegrass music. Some called it “folktronica”.
What Are His Messages
For the most part, Avicii’s messages are fairly straightforward. As a DJ, his main goal is to get people to get up and dance; to momentarily suspend their cares and let loose. But seemingly not content with that, some of his songs present fairly complex lyrics, especially in a genre known mostly for lyrics where the greatest challenge is to see how euphoric the listener can feel. But in “Wake Me Up”, he speaks into the challenge that young people face when finding their identity with lines like, “All this time I was finding my self / And I didn’t know I was lost.” In “Hey Brother”, he encourages, “If the sky comes falling down for you / There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do.” “Fade Into Darkness” promises the song’s subject that if they hold onto each other and keep their faith, they won’t fade into darkness.
What Does A Youthworker Need2Know
Most of your students probably know several of Avicii’s songs, even if they aren’t familiar with the man himself. As an EDM artist, he actually provides some of the most solid, positive dance music around. There are no vulgarities or sexual references to be found. Instead, he seems to want to encourage his listeners to hold on through hard times, support one another and stay positive, even when things seem bleak. Though not necessarily deep or overtly spiritual, he is a positive alternative to many of the dance songs found on Top 40 radio. He even worked with Coldplay on their hit single, “A Sky Full Of Stars”.
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