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EDM artist, DJ, and producer Tim Bergling a.k.a. Avicii has passed away today. He was 28 years old. From reading the articles announcing his death, I learned he had been struggling with alcoholism for quite some time. However, that’s not what I want to focus on in this post, rather, I’d like to speak briefly about the influence his music had on me when I was younger.

I don’t think I’m alone when I say his music was influential. For me, and many others, his music played a huge part in our lives at one point or another. Personally, that meant dancing passionately (however questionable my moves may have been) with my Mum to all of his biggest hits, like Levels, or Wake Me Up. Music was something I shared a passion for with her, and Avicii was one of our favourite artists to groove to in our “just got home from school Jam Sessions” not only was he one of our favourite artists, he was also a gateway to the EDM genre as a whole. His influence led to a huge shift in my taste of music, and my mother and I started to follow up and coming EDM artists on SoundCloud, which brought many more fond memories together. Avicii, thank you for being an artist we could dance to, and bringing joy to me and my mum. I will cherish the memories with her dancing to your music forever and thank you for being the artist that sprouted my interest in discovering new artists and finding a taste for music of my own. Rest in Peace.