What unfolded on Saturday on the Freedom Stage at Tomorrowland was beautiful in so many ways. Though the day was focused on Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso, who both played incredible sets, the set that was particularly important came earlier in the day. Since the death of best friend, brother, and fellow producer Avicii, Otto Knows has been a ghost. This should not be any surprise, as the loss of Tim Bergling had a monumental impact on the music industry, so it is truly unthinkable as to how much it has affected his close friends and family. Growing up together, Otto Jettman and Tim Bergling burst onto the scene and took the world by storm with their productions. Otto’s most notable track ‘Million Voices‘ is widely regarded as one of the best tracks of the modern electronic era, and the Swede’s presence has been known since its release. However, not a single post on any social media since the death of his friend means that there were concerns for Otto. This set was so much more than just an hour of music, but also a chance to see Otto on stage doing what he does best, and bringing joy to both himself and those present.
Otto’s enjoyment during the set is plainly visible, and that is down to both the incredible selection of tracks he brought crossed with the top class reaction from the crowd. Dropping a number of his own tracks, and even a few ID’s, the set was packed with progressive sounds, some slick new mashups, and pure emotion. One of the sets finest moments comes around 46 minutes in, as Otto plays his remix of Avicii’s ‘Without You‘, to which both himself and crowd join in unison to sing the lyrics. The pair’s relationship was well known, and this display of love for Avicii by the Tomorrowland attendees and Otto whilst playing it is a fitting tribute to the late producer. Opening with their collaboration ‘Back Where I Belong‘, the set kicked off with a bang, and followed on with an expert selection of progressive and house tracks. Closing with a blissful mashup of Marvin Gaye‘s ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough‘, ‘In The Air‘ by TV Rock, and Otto’s famed track ‘Million Voices‘, the Swede’s set is 60 minutes of perfection.
Check it out for yourself below, with the full track list available here.