DJ, remixer and record producer Avicii (aka Tim Berg) lit up European dance floors in 2011 with singles ‘Bromance,’ ‘Street Dancer’ and ‘Fade Into Darkness.’ The 22-year-old Swedish wunderkind chatted with us ahead of his ZoukOut debut.
Talking of bromances who would yours be with?
I’d love to have one with Ricky Gervais. I just don't think anyone can get more hilarious than him!
What was the first album you bought?
A greatest hits album from Kiss. My elder siblings, who are my role models, have always been big fans.
How do you craft you set list?
I build my sets on energy. The energy of a set is much like the energy of a house track. You have the intro, the drop, the break, a bigger drop and an ending. Depending on where the crowd's energy is at, you have to adjust your set list. I'm fortunate enough to have learned this early on, but you can never get enough experience.
Above: A recent Avicii gig in Sydney
Are you a music snob ?
Not really. I listen to all kinds of music; I’m not locked into any specific genre or type. If I like it, I like it for what it is.
Any funny rituals before you get on decks?
I always do a shot of Jägermeister before going on. Tiësto got me into it.
You doing anything special for ZoukOut?
Definitely! I just finished a couple tracks in Stockholm. I’m going to try out at least one new exclusive track at the festival.