April 20th 2018 is a date that electronic music fans will never forget.
Three years have passed from Avicii’s death but the void he left is still indelible and will never be filled by any other artist.
Avicii’s death was a wake-up call on multiple levels. Many artists realized how important their health is and decided to either slow down or retire for a short period of time on their stressful touring life. Furthermore, the tragic event put a major spotlight on artists’ mental health.
The Tim Bergling Foundation, was established soon after Avicii’s death by the wants of the Swedish DJ’s family, to address awareness and suicide prevention and to “honor his memory and continue to act in his spirit”.
Many initiatives have been carried out in memory of Avicii since that day.
A posthumous album (Tim, 6 June 2019), a tribute concert to raise money for the Foundation (Avicii Tribute Concert for Mental Health Awareness, 5 December 2019), an unpublished track reinterpreted by Kygo and sung by Sandro Cavazza (Forever Yours, 24 January 2020) and his official biography is scheduled to be released later this year.
The book, written by the Swedish journalist Måns Mosesson who was close to the Dj, “is the honest and sensitive portrait of one of the world’s most popular stars of our time, who shaped an entire generation.”
Furthermore, the “Avicii Experience” museum will be opened in his hometown, Stockholm, within the year. The museum will feature photos, videos and exclusive tracks that have never been released. It will offer the viewer a totally interactive journey, retracing the life and stages that characterized the artist’s musical journey.
Also in Stockholm, a memorial is planned in the Östermalm district (more precisely in Humlegården Park) where Avicii was born and raised, but a date has not yet been decided.
“It should be a nice and harmonious place in central Östermalm where people should be able to remember Tim Bergling and find joy and inspiration, but also seek comfort and honour Tim and all other people who have passed away far too early in mental illness,” said a spokesman from the committee. “The place should remind that more needs to be done to reduce mental illness and self-harming behaviour and at the same time a place that encourages people to find strength in music.”
The large amount of music existing but that was never released is the most fascinating as well sad part. In an interview with Daily Star, singer Aloe Blacc (already star of world hits such as Wake me up and S.O.S.) announced that he still has songs (some finished and some not) made in collaboration with Avicii. However, he isn’t certain of their publication because the choice will be up to the family and the record label.
“The hard part is, if it’s not finished, how can you finish it if he can’t give his final blessing? I’m just leaving it in the hands of the people that can make those decisions”, he said.
With his memory alive more than ever and thanks to all the projects dedicated to him, Avicii, the sound of a generation, will continue to make our hearts beating!