Here’s where and when to catch Avicii’s ‘True Stories’ documentary in theaters

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On the heels of its recent qualification for Oscar consideration, the much-talked-about “Avicii: True Stories” documentary is headed to theaters at the end of the year in order to complete its eligibility. Now, fans can begin planning their pilgrimage to the emotional doc’s theater debuts, with a limited theatrical run hitting New York City’s Cinema Village December 21 to 27 and LA’s Laemmle theater December 14 through 20.

The documentary’s week-long stints will fulfill the bare minimum Oscar consideration requirements, and in doing so give a brief window for dance music fans to see the project on the big screen. Providing an intimate glimpse into Avicii’s difficult decision to quit touring and painting a stark picture of the pressures of international superstardom, the Levan Tsikurishvili-directed documentary is rumored to make a return to streaming as well. The film was pulled from Netflix in the wake of the artist’s passing and has since taken on additional meaning and poignancy for Avicii fans and the electronic music community at large. For those who would rather take in “True Stories” in a movie theatre experience, the limited NYC and LA runs may be their only shot.

H/T: Variety

Avicii receives posthumous Best Swedish Act bestowal at EMAs

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Over half a year since Avicii‘s death, the music world continues to acknowledge the reverberative impact he left behind on the industry at large. Most recently, he has been honored with the 2018 MTV EMA (European Music Award) accolade for Best Swedish Act.

The Nov 4 award ceremony saw a lustrous lineup of live performances, including that of the merrily masked Marshmello, who was accompanied by Anne-Marie and Bastille. Halsey and Nicki Minaj also took the stage, with Camila Cabello taking home the bestowal for Best Artist.

The “Levels” producer’s April passing has eclipsed headlines worldwide. Since the surfacing of Avicii’s unreleased collaborative track “Heaven” with Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin, statements from his Geffen Records label affiliates have provided strong indications that a final Avicii album may be in the works, as the late superstar purportedly left behind hundreds of unfinished tracks.

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Carnage is taking a break from the music industry

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Carnage is taking a break from the music industryCarnage Ultra South Africa 2018 Rukes

Carnage has announced he’s taking a break from the music industry in an Instagram post, citing his mental and physical health as reasons for the respite. He was set to embark on the 12-day Unusual Suspects Tour as a supporting act alongside Smokepurpp, with Gucci Mane headlining the endeavor.

After releasing his second studio album Battered Bruised & Bloody, featuring big names such as the late Mac Miller, as well as Lil Pump, Lil B, Steve Aoki, Migos and more, Carnage’s 2018 has also been filled with a jam-packed tour schedule of performances filled with high-intensity party surroundings.

In the post, “Thirty Rack” mentioned, “having close friends pass due to this stuff really scares the fuck out of me,” likely alluding to Avicii and the more recently deceased Miller: both fellow collaborators of his. Carnage disclosed that his therapist and doctor recommended he take time off, and the break is simply a warranted recharge.


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Raw and emotional, ‘Avicii: True Stories’ documentary garners Oscar consideration

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Avicii‘s death almost seven months ago sent shock waves not only through dance music, but throughout the greater music industry at large. The 28-year-old legend’s passing prompted heartfelt tributes, but also ignited dialogue pertaining to the darker sides of the industry: anxiety, depression, brutal touring schedules, and more. Now, Avicii: True Stories’s director has revealed that the documentary that unabashedly delved into the musical and personal life of the departed superstar has qualified for auspicious Oscar consideration.

Containing years of raw and powerful footage from director Levan Tsikurishvili, the documentary was discreetly removed from US Netflix shortly following news of the “Levels” producer’s death.While there’s still no word on whether or not it will be reinstated for streaming, it appears the project will be making a return to the public eye with theatre showings in New York and LA beginning this December. It’s clear the documentary left as big an imprint on its director as it did on viewers who caught it before its prompt departure.

“[The] importance of looking out for one another has never been more important than now,” said Tsikurishvili in an Instagram post. “I do hope that we’ve changed something [for the] better in this industry, especially for the younger generation.”


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Avicii documentary may receive reinstatement to Netflix repertoire

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Levan Tsikurishvili, director of Avicii: True Storieshas recently inspired reason to believe the once wildly popular documentary on the since-deceased Tim Bergling (Avicii) and his epochal contributions to dance music could soon regain its seat on the Netflix roster.

Tsikurishvili, who also directed Avicii’s 2013 tour documentary and a considerable slice of Avicii’s other multimedia releases, recently took to Instagram with a blurred version of the True Stories cover photo, including the caption, “Watch Out.!!! #somethingiscomingsoon #ATS.” The decision to wipe the documentary from Netflix this past April following Avicii’s untimely death sent fans reeling. However, it’s likely the world will soon be reacquainted the True Stories, which gracefully traces Avicii’s harrowing sonic journey as he faces the weighty and often tumultuous task of navigating super-stardom. The documentary contains a great deal of behind-the-scenes footage Tsikurishvili, a close friend of the DJ/producer, included with the intention of illuminating the infamous artist’s identity in his entirety:

“Everybody knows Avicii but very few people know Tim. I think this documentary really shows Tim’s struggle and strength of character,” Tsikurishvili said to DJ Mag about the film. “Being a worldwide superstar artist is not as easy as it looks on Instagram.”



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Vicetone time travel with triumphant Avicii tribute, ‘South Beach’

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Vicetone time travel with triumphant Avicii tribute, ‘South Beach’Vicetone South Beach Avicii Tribute

By any measure, Vicetone has the secret formula for festival and club smashing EDM anthems down cold. The dutch duo have garnered tens of millions of streams on the strength of hits like “Neveda” and “Astronomia.” Now, Vicetone delivers something special with “South Beach,” a track the group have dubbed their own musical tribute to Avicii.

“South Beach” is an instant uplifter, opening on an infectious synth hook that primes listeners for impact. Drums engage beneath a wall of beaming chords before landing in a swelling, string powered breakdown. The track’s finale is triumphant and joyful, and instantly transports back to late 2000s dance music nostalgia. Although the crisp and melodic production comes Vicetone standard, the origins of the track’s throwback feels become crystal clear from the duo’s backstory posted to social media.

The song was among the first they ever made, and management advised them not to release it given the clear influence of their reverence for Avicii in the track. When the legend passed away in April, Vicetone managed to find that song on an old hard drive and finally finish it. Nine years later, the song has taken on new meaning as a tribute from the duo to one of their musical heroes. “South Beach” is an impactful, time-traveling reminder of just how much Avicii affected today’s biggest EDM stars.




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John Martin & Michel Zitron talk new VCATION project, working with Swedish House Mafia, and Avicii’s passing [Interview]

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John Martin & Michel Zitron talk new VCATION project, working with Swedish House Mafia, and Avicii’s passing [Interview]VCATION

Dance music supporters of any background can undeniably attest to the fact that, voluntarily or not, the lyrics and melodies of tracks such as “Don’t You Worry Child” and “Reload” have been engraved into their memories forever. This comes partly due to Swedish songwriters John Martin and Michel Zitron, who have played an instrumental role in shifting the landscape of electronic dance music throughout the past decade. The duo has lent their choral prowess to an impressive bill of some of the most recognizable artists on the planet including Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Tiësto, Martin Garrix, and Alesso just to name a few, and now they’re building upon their storied careers.

Earlier this summer, two cemented their longtime friendship into an official brand name: VCATION. The duo has wasted no time getting the VCATION ball rolling. They’ve already unveiled two critically acclaimed singles since the project’s inception in late July with “Lay Low” and most recently, “When We Were Gold.” Both releases have been a clear testament that the Swedes are picking up right where they left off, infusing their timeless lyricism with retro-inspired composition that has quickly proven this project is here to stay. Martin and Zitron are taking full command at the wheel this time around, appearing as the only credited names in the releases’ production, allowing them to shine on both the lyrical front and the instrumental side.

DA sat down with both Martin and Zitron to hear why this was the right time to launch VCATION, the experiences they have had working alongside dance music legends, and their thoughts on the Swedish House Mafia reunion.

You guys have been working together for a very long time and have been involved in some of the biggest releases in dance music, working with everyone from Swedish House Mafia to Tiësto to Martin Garrix. How did you two originally meet one another?

We met through a mutual friend at a nightclub in Stockholm. After 10 Jack and Cokes we decided to be best friends forever and start an indie band, sing super melancholic songs and make impact on the Swedish hipster community. That never really happened.

You debuted VCATION earlier this summer. How did that initially come about? Was forming an official artist duo something you always aspired to do?

We’ve been a duo since day one. All the big projects we’ve been working on have been as a songwriting team. We still write songs for others but we wanted to start a project where we dictate the rules of when to release a song, how it will sound, etc. We both share the vocal duties on this project, but we’re going to invite other vocalists to contribute as well. The biggest difference is the challenge of starting a new brand, which right now feels exciting and fulfilling.

The project’s second official single, “When We Were Gold,” is officially out now. What can you tell us about that release and how have you gone about deciding the genre direction for the music?

We don’t really think about genres anymore. We still have big love for the dance community and many of our songs are easy to dress up in electronic costumes. With that said, we have songs coming up that sounds totally different from anything we’ve done before. We want to invite our new and old fans to a brand new chapter.

Do you have any plans to release a proper project such as an EP or an album or are you more focused on singles for now?

Who listens to albums these days? 🙂

Would you say that VCATION is the sole focus at the moment for both of you, or are you still looking to create music with other artists and producers?

We’re going to focus on everything that feels good. The aim is to make music with people we love and admire. We have a lot of new music coming with VCATION, so we guess that this will take a lot of our time at the moment.

You both played a major role in some of Swedish House Mafia’s biggest hits. What were your initial thoughts when you found out about their reunion? Are there any plans to collaborate again?

It’s amazing to see the guys back together. They truly changed our lives and we’re forever thankful for them believing in us and our songwriting. Our paths haven’t really crossed in a while.

Having worked on music with the late Avicii, you must have gotten to know each other pretty well. How would you describe the experience of working with him? What advice would you give to artists who struggle to balance both their careers and personal lives?

Working with Tim was amazing, he was just a young kid back then. Already then you could tell that he was going places and he knew what he wanted musically, but, on a personal level, he was so unprepared for all the greatness he was about to achieve. On that level of success, most of us human beings crack. We’re just not designed to handle that amount of fame, stress and pressure. Surround yourself with people you love and trust.

Avicii worked on a full 10 tracks with previous collaborator, Nile Rodgers

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After releasing their funky 2013 mega-hit, “Lay Me Down,” Tim Bergling (Avicii) and legendary producer, guitarist, and founding member of CHIC, Nile Rodgers kept in close contact, according to a recent statement the latter made to The Sun.

Rodgers says the pair procured a whopping 10 tracks before his younger counterpart’s untimely death at 28 years old this passed April. The duo purportedly held a series of covert recording sessions, in which they created more than an album’s worth of content. However, Rodgers says he is wary of releasing the secret bundle without taking the proper precautions.

“I’ve just been contacted about putting out my stuff, but I’ve got to see how it is because I was very close to Tim, and the music we didn’t put out was extraordinary,” says a reluctant Rodgers of a potential post-humous Avicii release. “He was blown away, as was I, but, because of what I know, which I will not talk about, I want to make sure that whatever work I do would be to the benefit of the people Tim would want that project to benefit.”

Rodgers has yet to confirm a release date for the joint records, nor has he definitively stated whether or not the tracks will ever see the light of day at all. On behalf of Avicii fans across the globe, let us hope that day comes sooner rather than later.

Via: The Sun

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Avicii receives writer, producer credits on Guetta’s forthcoming album, ‘7’

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Avicii receives writer, producer credits on Guetta’s forthcoming album, ‘7’Avicii

David Guetta‘s aptly titled seventh studio album, 7, will see cameos from a diverse array of featured artists, including G-Eazy, Anne-Marie, Justin Bieber, Jason Derulo, and Steve Aoki, among others. Although 7‘s list of collaborators is both long and varied, the assisting rappers, vocalists, and fellow DJs only account for a portion of the team that collectively contributed to 7‘s inception.

A glimpse at the writing, production, mastering, and engineering credits of 7 indicates that major industry innovators like Ina Wroldsen, Cesqeaux, Poo Bear, and Afrojack each had a hand in the album’s conception. Last, but certainly not least, is Avicii, who receives posthumous credit on Guetta’s seventh offering. Avicii appears as a writer and producer on the Jess Glynne feature, “She Knows How To Love Me,” and on the Stefflon Don and Ava Max aided “Let It Be Me.”

7 is due out on September 14.

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Avicii’s family launches tribute website in remembrance

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Following his post-humous award for Best Dance Video for his track “Better Together” at the MTV Video Music Awards, Avicii‘s family has created a website in his memory. The site is essentially an aggregation of both fans’ and loved ones’ tokens honoring Tim Bergling’s legacy, including letters, pictures, and condolences. According to Avicii’s press spokesperson, Ebba Lindqvist, ”The remembrance forum is created upon request from Tim’s family.”

Lindqvist says the family received an overwhelming outpour of condolences and heartfelt messages following Bergling’s untimely death this past April. They subsequently pushed to launch the site to create “a digital space” for the expressions of love and respect geared towards the legendary DJ-producer. Bergling’s father, Klas Bergling, also just recently accepted another post-humous reward on his behalf for “Swedish Song of the Year,” during which he said, ”I am so happy to have got the opportunity to come here tonight and thank you for this nice prize for Tim and Sandro, thanking all of you who’ve voted for ’Without You,’ which is a fantastic song, but most of all thanking for all the beautiful and fantastic tributes of Tim and his music.”