Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, was a Swedish musician, songwriter, D.J., record producer, and remixer born on September 8, 1989. Avicii’s music career goes back to the early 2000s. Before his untimely death, Avicii was an internationally-recognized D.J. and record producer who had many hits. In honor of his amazing contributions to music, we are celebrating his birthday today!
September 8, 1989
April 20, 2018 (age 28)
Tim Bergling, AKA Avicii, was a Swedish musician and D.J. with several hit records in his discography. He was born on September 8, 1989, in Stockholm. His mother was an actress, while his father ran an office supply store. Bergling was born into a comfortable family of six. He had three siblings, one of whom was actor Anton Korberg. He was of Swedish descent and a Virgo by design. Bergling started mixing sounds at eight, and by 16, he fully began making music.
In 2007, Bergling signed to the Dejfitts Plays label and adopted the stage name Avicii soon after. From 2009 to 2010, he became an amazing record producer and was releasing music quickly. Bergling released his hit song, ‘Seek Bromance,’ in 2010, and it peaked on the charts of several countries. He signed with E.M.I. Music Publishing the same year. In 2011, with the release of ‘Levels,’ Bergling became mainstream. The song reached the top-10 position in multiple countries, from Croatia to Belgium, Slovenia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Sweden, etc. Bergling collaborated with David Guetta and released ‘Sunshine’ in 2012, which got him a Grammy nomination. The talented D.J. and record producer had a talent for releasing back-to-back songs, and in June 2013, he released a new single called ‘Wake Me Up.’ This single gave Bergling more fame and success as it was the number one song on Spotify’s Global Chart. The record occupied the number one spot on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs list for 14 weeks. As expected, ‘Wake Me Up’ topped the charts in many countries, winning him an M.T.V. E.M.A. ‘Best Electronic’ award in 2013 and an A.M.A. for Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist.
Bergling had enviable fame and success. He collaborated with amazing artists for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Anthem, ‘Dar um Jeito,’ toured multiple world countries, and released three studio albums. His final album, “Tim,” was released posthumously in April 2019. Bergling’s artistry featured E.D.M., deep house, and progressive house sounds. As an exceptional musician, D.J., and producer, he dealt with many demons, some of which were alcohol and prescription drugs. He was also sensitive and struggled with mental health issues. Bergling committed suicide on April 20, 2018, at the age of 28. His remains are currently buried at Hedvig Elenora Church, Stockholm. Bergling is survived by his nuclear family and friends.
Bergling is signed to Dejfitts Plays.
Bergling releases this hit song and is signed to E.M.I. Music Publishing.
Bergling becomes the first D.J. to headline at this venue.
Bergling releases this audio masterpiece.
Bergling’s third and final studio album, “Tim,” drops.
Why We Love Avicii
He campaigned for the cure of AIDS
Bergling helped in creating awareness of AIDS. He released a song, ‘Divine Sorrow,’ which was part of Product Red’s AIDS-Free Generation campaign.
He was a philanthropist
Bergling advocated for many causes. From Feeding America to campaigns against gang violence and human trafficking, he was focused on giving back to the community.
His demise highlighted mental health struggles
Bergling suffered from anxiety, stress, and depression. He wasn’t in a good mental state before his death, and his suicide reminded the world of the importance of kindness and prioritizing mental health.
5 Surprising Facts
The meaning of Avicii
According to Bergling, Avicii means the lowest level of Buddhist hell.
He had anxiety from childhood
Bergling suffered from anxiety attacks since childhood and began therapy at 14.
He loved video games
Bergling loved playing “World of Warcraft.”
He went through major surgeries
Bergling had his appendix and gall bladder removed in 2014.
He was addicted to painkillers
Bergling was prescribed OxyContin and Vicodin, which he became addicted to, for his acute pancreatitis.
How did Avicii die?
Bergling cut himself with a shard of glass.
What is Avicii’s most famous song?
‘Wake Me Up’ (2013) is his most famous song.
What are the early signs of pancreatitis?
The early signs of pancreatitis are jaundice, yellowing of the skin, and whites of the eyes.
Avicii’s birthday dates