Avicii | Photo by Tomo

Las Vegas Headliners Hail Avicii as an ‘Inspiration,’ Nightlife Community Shares Condolences

EDM star, former resident artist dies at 28

As news spread online of the sudden passing of Swedish DJ and former Las Vegas headliner Tim “Avicii” Bergling, fellow artists in the electronic music community took to social media to offer their condolences.

“I’m devasted [sic]. RIP @Avicii,” tweeted Drai’s Beachclub resident Audien. “I’ll never forget the very first time I heard an Avicii song, I was so inspired and excited.”

Avicii, 28, died April 20 in Muscat, Oman. One of the most admired and prolific dance music artists of the last decade, he helped pave the way for EDM on the Las Vegas Strip, headlining at Wynn’s XS Nightclub and Marquee at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, among others.

He announced his retirement from live performances in 2016, citing health reasons. In 2013 Avicii admitted excessive drinking had taken its toll on his young body.

In another tweet, Hakkasan Group resident headliner Calvin Harris wrote that Avicii was, “a beautiful soul, passionate, and extremely talented with so much more to do.”

Avicii | Photo by Tomo

Wynn Nightlife resident Kygo posted a photograph of himself with Bergling on Instagram, writing, “Can’t believe this is true… my biggest inspiration and the reason why I started making electronic music. Thank you for all the joy you brought to the world with your music. RIP @avicii.”

It wasn’t the first time Kygo has spoken of Avicii as a mentor. In a 2017 conversation with Vegas Seven, he described discovering Avicii’s sound and his efforts to emulate it in order to “make other people happy.”

Kygo spoke further of his admiration for Avicii’s music in unpublished excerpts from the interview:

“It was the melodies. The melodies, they’re simple but they’re so catchy and they’re very, like, genius melodies and also this style of production. It had so much energy and it was so happy. Whenever I listened to a new Avicii song I just, I loved every song I played.”

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Vegas Seven reached out to Pasquale Rotella, EDC’s founder and creator, and received the following statement: “I am deeply saddened to hear the news of ‪Avicii’s passing. Tim was such a humble, kind and beautiful soul. As a dance music icon, he touched the lives of millions around the world, and broke down barriers between genres like dance music and country. He helped our culture make an impact on the mainstream that will never be forgotten. I send my sincere condolences to his family, friends, fans and loved ones, and we will forever keep his memory and his music alive and in our hearts. Tim, have an amazing journey. We’ll see you on the other side. We love you.”

Brian Affronti, managing partner of Drai’s, says: “Music is at the core of nightlife. Eight years ago, Vegas nightlife was in the beginning stages of a dramatic shift to an entirely new genre of music. Avicii was at the soul of this explosion into dance music. He was tremendously talented, incredibly bold in his production choices and unquestionably one of the most pioneering EDM artists of this generation. His music helped bring clubgoers and music fans together in a very special way. Tim will always be apart of the Las Vegas nightlife family and its history. Rest Easy.“

In a statement to Vegas Seven, Las Vegas-based Hakkasan Group shared the following:

“Our hearts are heavy today as we have lost a truly talented artist in our industry. Avicii has touched us all with his music and his legacy will live on for many years to come. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and all who were touched by his talents.”

Wynn Nightlife also offered sympathy:

“Our condolences go out to Tim’s family and friends.  He was an incredible artist who touched countless fans in Las Vegas during his performances at Encore Beach Club and XS.” 

While he had left his live residencies behind in 2016, Avicii kept up his work in the studio. In 2017 he dropped the Avici (01) EP, featuring “Lonely Together” (a collaboration with Rita Ora) and “Without You” (with Sandro Cavazza) among its most notable tracks.

He also appeared in the documentary Avicii: True Stories, a chronicle of his quick rise and turbulent career.