After Tim Bergling, also known professionally as Avicii, chose to return to Heaven in April 2018, he left an aching void in many lives, including his family and friends, but also millions of fans. The tragedy attracted almost every artist in the music industry to pay tribute and more importantly to open up about their own struggles and consequently raise awareness of the importance of mental health.
The few people who had the opportunity to build a deeper connection and friendship with Tim are determined to show the world how colorful his personality and beautiful his soul was. Previously this month, the Swedish musician’s posthumous album “Tim” was released, after a team of producers- who Tim created his songs with – were challenged to follow his path as best as they could to complete his unfinished tracks that he has been working on before his death.
Now a tribute video has seen the light of day, created by the director and close friend of Avicii, Levan Tsikurishvili, who was also responsible for the visuals of the documentary Avicii: True Stories. The filmmaker used personal footages as a base, from a vacation in Madagascar after the DJ announced his retirement from touring back in 2016. As a soundtrack, he chose the nostalgic melodies of “Heaven” featuring Coldplay lead singer, Chris Martin‘s vocals, narrating us through the intimate mini-movie.
Tsikurishvili’s own words under the video:
“My name is Levan Tsikurishvili and I have been working with Tim since about 2013. During these years, we made 8 music videos, 3 concert movies and 2 documentaries together. In 2016, right after his last show, Tim, Tim’s childhood friend Awat, and I spent 19 beautiful days in Madagascar, ll Saint Marie. We spoke about everything, laughed, played monopoly, hung out with lemurs, and explored the entire island together. Now, two-and-a-half years later, I returned to the island to remember Tim, to honor his legacy, and to recreate the memories that will stay with us forever. Note: This video is a collection of my smartphone videos plus some parts of unused material from the documentary Avicii: True Stories and newly shot footage. I also did some 3D animations in order to recreate the moments that I did not have any video material from.”
The outcome of his work is a wonderful 5 minute-long video, filled with a mixture of emotions to give us an insight and to honor and celebrate the remarkably talented late-music producer. One thing is for sure, the memory of Tim/Avicii lives within us through his legacy and his unquestionable influence on the music industry.