Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
Awards: Nominated for Best Dance Recording (Grammys)
Hits: “Levels” and “Seek Bromance”
Albums: Avicii presents Strictly Miami
Despite being only 22 years of age, Avicii (who's real name is Tim Bergling) has become one of the biggest electronic musicians on the scene today. Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, Avicii was only working as a DJ for a few months before friends began to notice just how professional and refined his productions were. After making a hit remix of the theme music to the classic Commodore 64 video game, Lazy Jones, Avicii paired with Strike Recordings which released the track under the name "Lazy Lace." The song would go on to become a huge internet hit and gain him scores of new fans, but this was only the beginning of Avicii's meteoric rise.
Avicii got his first big break in 2008 with his track, Madman, which won Pete Tong's Fast Trax contest. The online contest that allows amateur DJs to submit their own material was a landslide victory for Avicii, who won 70 percent of the vote. As buzz began to grow about Avicii's material, he signed with At Night Management in 2008 as well as Vicious Grooves in Australia. He then started spending much of his time in the studio working on new tracks and creating mixes for some of the biggest artists in the music industry.
In 2010, Avicii had quite possibly his best year, as his worldwide hit singles "Bromance," "My Feelings For You," and "Street Dancer" earned international acclaim. He signed on with EMI Music Publishing in late 2010 and continued to work with fellow DJs and other artists on new material. In 2011, Avicii caught the attention of the Grammy nomination committee for his collaboration with David Guetta. The track, "Sunshine," was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording and Guetta has raved about his musical abilities and the fresh perspective that he brings to the dance scene.
Avicii's remarkable rise to fame was punctuated in late 2011 when he was ranked sixth on DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs list. When he's not in the studio working on new tracks or producing material for other musicians, he is a globe-trotting tourer that performs all over the world. With artists continually clamoring for his services and a legion of fans that is growing every day, Avicii is one of the rising young stars on the dance and electronica scene who has only just begun to make his mark.