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While the average 18 year old is trying to figure out what to do with his life, in 2008 a then unknown Swede named Tim Berling bypassed the daydreaming and began remixing tracks from his bedroom. Little did he know the world would soon be calling the young man a DJ prodigy, ranking No. 6 in DJ Magazine’s “Top 100 DJs” list just three years later.

While he’d always had a fascination with making music, he’d never felt skilled enough to play an instrument until a friend introduced him to music production program FL Studios. Once he downloaded the demo to remix “Kernkraft 400” by Zombie Nation, he knew he was hooked. Berling started making his own electro house tracks and sharing them on music blogs under the moniker Avicii, an alias based off Avici, Buddhism’s lowest level of hell. He acquired the handle after adding an extra “i” at the end after other names he’d tried to register for his Myspace page were already taken.

Later the same year, the promising 18 year old first received attention for “Lazy Lace,” a remix he made after falling in love with the hook of the theme song for the Commodore 64 video game Lazy Jones. Having heard Avicii’s music online, world-renowned DJ and producer Tiesto invited him to perform a weekly residency at the world’s largest nightclub, Privilege Ibiza. But the party didn’t stop there. Later in 2008, British DJ Pete Tong released Avicii’s first single “Manman” on his Bedroom Bedlam label, and, perhaps most pivotal in the young DJ’s career, was signed to Ash Pournouri’s At Night Management.

Pournouri messaged Avicii on Facebook after coming across his music online and asked him to meet for coffee in Stockholm. Since then, Pournouri has acted, not only as his manager, but also a friend and second father, helping him develop his sound as well as marketing and stage production ideas. full article



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