Most Millennials won’t be able to retire until they’re at least… dead. But in late March Swedish superstar DJ Avicii made a surprise announcement to his many adoring fans — he would officially retire from live appearances at the end of 2016.
While many fans don’t actually expect the retirement to last very long, in new interviews Avicii sounds extremely serious about the decision. It would be the end of a meteoric career for the young artist, who had become an international star by the age of 21. Now, Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, is just 26 years old and ready to move on, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “I’m happier, more stress-free than I’ve been in a long time.”
In 2008, Avicii was an unknown Swedish kid with a love for electronic music. He released his first big track “Manman” in the Pete Tong Fast Trax competition, winning 70% of the votes and earning attention from some of the biggest names in the industry.
His 2011 hit “Levels” was his first major hit, while his single “Wake Me Up” became a huge crossover success around the world. Since then, the DJ has been headlining clubs and festivals on nearly every continent. Which is why fans were so surprised when he posted an open letter on his website announcing his retirement.
I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist…I will however never let go of music – I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang! One part of me can never say never, I could be back …but I won’t be right back.
In the THR interview, Avicii said that as an introvert the touring and clubbing lifestyle took a toll on his health.
“I just feel happy. I feel free at this point. Like I have my private life back and focusing on myself for the first time in a long time,” he says. “This was obviously the hardest decision of my life so far. But so far it has paid off tremendously in terms of well-being for me. I’m happier than I have been in a very, very long time. Stress-free more than I have been in a very long time. I can’t say I’m never going to have a show again. I just don’t think I’m going to go back to the touring life.”
Fans interested in seeing Avicii before he retires can catch him at his final tour dates in Las Vegas or Ibiza.