Avicii Talks Collaborations, Sound for New Album
Landing in the top five of DJ Magazine’s annual list and scoring a mega hit with “Levels,” house producer Avicii had a huge year in 2012. However, beyond transitioning to festival- and stadium tour-headlining status and releasing a series of singles, the Swedish producer born Tim Bergling has yet to put out a full-length album. According to a recent interview in Rolling Stone, that is in the works – but fans shouldn’t expect a disc full of big-room house.
Instead, Bergling has an atypical vision. He told the magazine: "Everything is single-oriented now, but that’s why the only reason to make an album is if the whole way through is a great album and every track is like a single. No one’s doing this approach to the electronic music, so it’s exciting to me that EDM is at a place where it’s even possible to do it like this."
Collaborators include Incubus’ Mike Einzinger, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Nile Rodgers (who has worked with Daft Punk and David Bowie), and country music songwriter Mac Davis. Known for his distinct melodies, Avicii told Rolling Stone that he composes with and plays off each collaborator’s vocal lines. Because of this, fans should expect a song-based, acoustic feel. Bergling explained: "I have access to those people now, so it’s going to be a lot of acoustic elements, but kind of twisted a little bit. It’s way more songs than I’ve done before and it’s everything from folk records to more soulful."
So far, Bergling explains, two songs with Davis have been recorded, with 20 tracks assembled in total. He aims for more, although the release is expected to have no more than eight to 10 tracks – all, he hopes, will be “classic.” For more material, he and Rodgers have a four-day session in Los Angeles planned.
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