Considered one of the top DJs in the world, Avicii has managed to successfully mix EDM music with other genres like rock, bluegrass, and country, folk. His track Wake Me Up has been named one of the fastest-selling singles of the year and the young DJ recently won Best Electronic act at the MTV EMA’s and the American Music Award for favourite Electronic Dance Music Artist. He performed in Mumbai on Friday for the Sunburn Arena.
You’re just 24, but have been listed in the top three DJs in the world. How do you handle that level of success at such a young age?
I think it’s amazing that so many people actually listen to my music and show up at my gigs. That’s what captured me from the beginning; I’ve always wondered how it felt to be well-known and to have my own fan base. And it feels great that everything happened so fast. I’m really lucky to have my manager, I wouldn’t have come half as far without him.
Wake Me Up is a big hit, here and around the world. Did you ever think it would become such an anthem?
No, not really. It’s the first single from the album True and it’s the first real record I’ve done with the album. It’s always hard when you’re working with new people, so I was nervous... People really took to it. I wasn’t sure if anyone was going to, because I’ve never done a song like that before.
Having performed here before what do you look forward to with Indian audiences?
My first performance in India was at Sunburn Arena and I’m excited to perform here again. The audience is great, and I want to come back to India more often. It’s always been one of those dream destinations and I always wait to go back! India is a very spiritual place and that works well with the positivity of the dance music culture.