Avicii is calling it quits on touring after his 2016 tour comes to an end.We are saying goodbye, for now, to a legend who has moved and shaped the scene in insurmountable ways. I remember his performance at Coachella 2012 and how much it inspired me to be involved with the electronic dance music movement. I can’t even fathom how much his music has impacted others throughout the years. His breakout hit ‘Levels’, although thrown into many a joke now, shook the ground of the industry as it thrust EDM onto the commercial scene, giving a spotlight to dance music that wasn’t there before.
Avicii has had some issues regarding his physical and mental health in the past, most likely due to his erupting success as a young artist. He started at 20 and says that being an artist and growing up was definitely challenging in the music industry. He wrote in a letter to friends and fans:
“My path has been filled with success but it hasn’t come without its bumps. I’ve become an adult while growing as an artist, I’ve come to know myself better and realize that there’s so much I want to do with my life. I have strong interests in different areas but there’s so little time to explore them.”
It seems as though the rough life of constant touring has really caught up with Avicii in a way that he really does need to take a more permanent step back rather than canceling a few shows. On the bright side, however, it appears Avicii will not quit making music as he wrote:
“I will however never let go of music – I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang!”
With all that said, many DJs and producers have already taken to various social media outlets and expressed their opinions on Avicii’s step back from his music career. Of course, Deadmau5 was quick to chime in with this:
.@avichie Best of luck on the retirement with the music career stuff. I’ve tried twice. It’s not like quitting a fuckin dayjob.
— dead mow cinco (@deadmau5) March 29, 2016
And a few others had this to say:
Read your post on touring. I know how hard the decision was but I also know how right it felt once you figured it out. Much love. @Avicii
— Steve Angello (@SteveAngello) March 29, 2016
— Steve Aoki (@steveaoki) March 29, 2016
— Coca-Cola Music (@CokeMusic) March 29, 2016
Avicci, you will be missed. I wish you the best.