After having only three years of performing live under his belt, Avicii has become the poster boy for EDM. And his popularity only continues to skyrocket, with world-wide tours and festivals that stretch out through the year. As the Dance world gears up for Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference, Avicii (born Tim Bergling) sat down for an interview with Beatport to discuss the inspiration he gets from Ray Charles and his rising popularity.
Here are six quotes from Avicii's interview that you should read; then head over to Beatport for the full interview:
1) "My manager, Ash, have always thought the fans of our music were the most important part of what we do. We want to let them hear it first. Their response creates the momentum to enter the general marketplace."
2) "I always just sit down at the piano and make the main hook—what I want the track to be about melodically—and then I’ll build everything else around that. But growing up, I did not play any instruments."
3) "Obviously there is stuff that I wouldn’t play in a club that I play at festivals, and vice-versa, but my sets are still dominated largely by my own music. I think that’s what makes me stand out a bit. My music is also festival- and club-friendly, so it generally works out well."
4) "Don’t give up! It takes a long time to really get ahold of the production part, and the same goes with mastering the decks."
5) "I grew up listening to a lot of Ray Charles and ’60s rock, thanks to my father, and then my brothers got me in to KISS and whatnot, so I guess that’s where I got my first taste for music. When it comes to electronic music, I started listening to a lot of Daft Punk, way before I knew what house music was, and then progressed into a lot of Steve Angello, Eric Prydz, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Laidback Luke. They all influenced me a lot and listening to them taught me so much—everything from the basics of how to arrange a track to chords and scales, which ended up making my sound what it is today."
6) "This year it just skyrocketed, but I think it has a long way to go. The electronic music world is really on top of its game right now and I think it will only get bigger. Ultra went to two weekends this year, so that’s an indication of the growth and interest in the music."