Aloe Blacc shares his tribute song for Avicii’s 30th birthday
To honor the day that Tim Bergling, professionally known as Avicii, was born the American singer and songwriter, Aloe Blacc, who was also a good friend and musical partner of the Swedish talent, composed and shared a new song “Things You Left Behind” on his Instagram account, dedicated to Tim who decided to end his journey in this Universe last year.
Aloe and Avicii met through music. Creating their first track together was not just the start of their friendship, but also a wonderful sequence of collaborations. Their most influential track, ‘Wake Me Up’ was born in 2013, when the two artists set down in a studio and combined their forces. As of now, its video clip has more than 1 billion views on YouTube. It is no doubt that Aloe’s soulful vocals are in perfect harmony with Avicii’s catchy melodies. They have proved this time after time, with hits like “Liar Liar”, “SOS”.
Aloe Blacc was not always present in the EDM scene. He started his career as an underground MC, then he quickly gained fame internationally after the release of his “I Need A Dollar”. But it was definitely his work with Avicii that opened the gates to the world of electronic music, and now he is well known providing the vocals for David Guetta‘s new track with MORTEN “Never Be Alone”, Tiësto‘s song “Carry You Home” and Lost Frequency‘s “Truth Never Lies” just to name a few.
“Things You Left Behind” is a beautiful acoustic song dedicated to the late Tim and carrying his legacy with its emotional melody and the touching lyrics:
“The story ain’t over, we’ve just closed the chapter
Now forever after the whole world is inspired
A billion little candles with light from your fire
Shining like the stars where you’re up
I hope that you can see now how much you were loved”
Aloe also shared a long and powerful message to help to celebrate Avicii’s 30th Birthday taking the opportunity to include and let us know about all the things he learned from him:
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Today would have been Tim Bergling's 30th birthday. The news of his passing stunned me as it did all who were moved by his music and I am terribly sad that he is no longer with us. When I heard he was gone my heart immediately went out to his family and the words to this song came to me. I had only spent moments on stage and in the studio with him, but his family had spent years watching him grow. As a father of two young children myself I couldn't imagine the tragedy of living beyond them and having to gather the things they have left behind. I thought I would take today, Tim's birthday, to remember and to share what I learned about art from him. Take the risk. As an artist, if ever you feel nervous about something, it's better to take the risk than to regret it. When we created "Wake Me Up" there was no blueprint for the combination of sounds and no example of success to rely on. Lead rather than follow. Mavericks don't follow trends, they create them. Tim reminded me of what I learned so well in my experience during the golden era of Hip Hop, which is to create your own style. When others begin to use your style, just keep it fresh and switch it up. Be brave and bold. I know Tim was way more comfortable in the studio than in most other places that music took him. But he learned to step out and embrace millions of fans with his live performances. I imagine the most fearful performance would have been the debut of the music from TRUE at Ultra. He was nervous, but he did it anyway. While other performers had the usual lasers, pyro and girls in bikinis, Tim shared the stage with musicians and singers that helped him craft a groundbreaking album. Ignore outside opinions. Criticisms are everywhere and they are increasingly negative rather than constructive. It's important to listen to your inner voice and have confidence in the art you create. The few trusted voices in your inner circle can be helpful, but when it comes to art, always trust your gut over others. Ultimately, the integrity in a work of art lies with the creator and no one else. The most important thing I think I learned from working with Tim was to embrace collaboration. Rest in peace, Tim
Avicii’s tribute concert will take place in Stockholm, on the 5th December featuring performances from Avicii’s friends including Aloe Blacc, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, David Guetta, Laidback Luke, Kygo, Nicky Romero and many more. Click here for more information.