In remembrance of Tim Bergling (1989 to 2018)
It’s been about a year since we lost dance music’s genre-redefining Tim Bergling. Under the stage name Avicii, Bergling performed 830 live shows and released dozens of chart-topping hits. The intricate sound design on tracks like “Levels” and “Wake Me Up” raised the bar for all electronic music to come. Unfortunately, Bergling took his own life last April at the age of 28.
Following the recent establishment of the Tim Bergling Foundation, which will advocate for suicide prevention, his family has announced they also plan to posthumously release Avicii’s final music project. The 16-track unreleased compilation, TIM, will go public in full on June 6.
As a preview of what’s to come, a debut single from TIM titled “SOS” is out today.
LISTEN TO “SOS”:
TIM is a collection of songs for an album Avicii planned to release, and were composed in the last three months of his life. Close friends of Berglings and his lyrical collaborators felt it appropriate to finish where he left off, as it’s only appropriate to let his brilliant legacy live on. Musicians Aloe Blacc, Kristoffer Fogelmark and Albin Nedler put the final touches on “SOS,” and explained the process of producing the song in a YouTube video released on the Avicii channel today.
On April 20, 2018, Bergling was found dead while on a vacation in Muscat, Oman. His family and friends are public about the death being ruled as a suicide. It’s evident through Bergling’s health trials with anxiety and alcoholism that the pressure of making it big weighed heavy on his mental health. The Netflix documentary, “Avicii: True Stories,” brings light to his dangerously intense career. His death was eye-opening to the toll that excessive tour schedules can take on an artist with nervous tendencies.
If you or someone you know is showing suicidal warning signs, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.