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Avicii aka Tim Berg - Interview

Tim Berg, known also as Avicii emerged in the music industry in 2008, when he was 18-years-old, compiling a remix of the theme song to the video game Commodore 64, "Lazy Jones". This led to his first release on Strike Recordings, entitled "Lazy Lace". In 2010, Avicii released a collaboration with fellow Swedish DJ John Dahlbäck, titled "Don't Hold Back." He is additionally working on projects with internationally-recognized DJs Tiësto and Sebastian Ingrosso. While his work is primarily electronic synthetic tracks, EMI released a vocal version of his track "Bromance," titled «Seek Bromance ». Today, we have the chance to offer you an exclusive interview with this hot Swedish producer. It follows notably the interview of producers like Fedde Le Grand, M.A.N.D.Y., Henrik B (coming soon), Thomas Schumacher and Nic Fanciulli. First of all, I would like to thank Tim who answered our questions.

“Hello Tim,

In a few days you will go to the Winter Miami Conference. You have already been nominated for 5 IDMAs 2011 notably with your track “Seek Bromance” under 2 categories, but also for you, as a breakthrough DJ. Indeed, 2010 seems to be the year of your explosion, even if you were voted breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2009 and fourth best overall producer by our French Magazine Only for DJs. How do you explain that? Did you change something in your way of working this year?
> Not really, I just think everything came together very well this year. My manager has done an absolute killer of a job and I feel that our releases have been solid!

Will you prepare something special for the WMC to play during your mixs?
> Of course, still a couple of months left though so won't tell you too much but I've got some big gigs for the week I'm there.

What will be your next release?
> Well my first release of the year was “Street Dancer” and it's number 1 of Beatport as we speak [there are some days ago]. Next one will be a remake of the absolute classic Sweet Dreams but under my own version entitled “Swede Dreams”.

2010 is over. For 2011, what we expect from you? New tracks for sure? A compilation maybe? An album?
> Well my manager has the master plan but for me will be new tracks we're working on as well as a couple of nice big comps and maybe an album. We just always want to make sure that everything is of top notch quality.

After we gave this little introduction about your music news to our readers, we wanted to get back to your origins. Indeed, could you please tell us in a few words, how did you become a DJ and producer?
> Well I’m a producer first, I started playing around with my first sequencer about 4 years ago now and then got instantly hooked and spent the next 3 years almost nonstop producing. Then the circus started when I signed to Ash around 2.5 years ago. He taught me all I know about the DJ game and when I started performing I could actually make a living out of music. At this point though it’s hard for me to chose between djing and producing, I love both just as much but in different ways!

At the beginning, did your family understand what you did for a living? And now are they proud of what you achieved along the years?
> They are! Well when I first started it wasn’t really for a living, especially not for them. It was just me playing around a bit on the computer making weird music. They've always been very supportive of me though and my dad always listens to my tracks etc and still today sends me feedback!

Moreover Tim, what do you know about the French electronic music scene? Are there some artists that you personally know or especially love their music?
> I love the French scene! Most of the DJs I know personally are from France and you obviously have a long history of electronic music with Daft Punk, Cerrone, Bob Sinclar, David Guetta etc etc.

Besides music, what are your hobbies?
> Music IS my hobby! I don’t really have many specific hobbies other than music, there really hasn't been any time for that since I started. When I do have time off I try to spend as much time with my friends and family as possible!


Tim, to conclude this interview, we have a few more questions to better know you. Sometimes one word is enough!

The song you advice us to listen to in your discography?
> "A New Hope". One of the first tracks I did together with a friend of mine, Philgood

An artist you would like to work with, one day?
> Chris Martin

3 words to define your music?
> Melodic, Housy, Big room

One word about party-France?
> Too many unbuttoned buttons on your shirts :)

Best club in Sweden (name and city)?
> Well there aren't any super clubs there but if I had to choose among the very few I played, I would have to say Trädgården, Gothenburg.

Tim, thank you very much for the time you devoted to Actualités Electroniques and particularly for this interview. We wish you also all the best @ the WMC. We will wait for sure for your next productions and I’m sure there will be a lot. We hope to see you in France soon maybe for a mixed session. See ya!

Dj Aroy

Avicii @ Juno Download

Written by Dj Aroy
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