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News of Avicii‘s passing hit the dance music fans hard on April 20, 2018. His time came far too soon, at the age of 28 — just two years after the Swedish producer retired from tour life to recover from physical and mental health deterioration. The tragedy once more brought to light the destructive and draining underside of the music industry, and the burden of starhood at a young age.
In somber times like the present, however, it’s important to recall that the departed is far more than the dark moments at the end of their lives. The joy and good memories Avicii brought to countless people, for example, will be immortalized alongside his impressive song catalog. One way in which this pioneer has been honored so far is through live tributes by his peers in the music industry.
At Coachella, Kygo, Black Coffee, and others embedded his music into their sets and providing heartfelt speeches about their time with him throughout the years. Outside the festival, other singers and DJs have also been honoring him through song.
Keep tabs on this page as we continue to assemble the array of touching memorials as they trickle in.
1. Kygo’s emotional Coachella closer
“Avicii was my biggest musical inspiration and he was the reason I started making electronic music so I don’t think I would’ve been on this stage tonight if it wasn’t for him,” an emotional Kygo told his audience as he moved to close his nighttime set. He played out the producer’s newer single, “Without You.”
2. Black Coffee shares intimate moment
During his set, Black Coffee also shared his most recent interaction with Avicii, not long before his passing. He put up a screenshot of a conversation between the two about working together in the future. Shortly after, nostalgia ensued as “Wake Me Up” poured through the speakers.
3. A One Republic Goodbye
Avicii worked with a good deal of artists in genres outside regular dance music. One Republic was one such outfit. Lead singer Ryan Tedder took to social media to make his own remembrance of his time shared with the deceased icon. He strummed out a piano cover of “Wake Me Up” while performing in India.
4. Nick Jonas is a fan too
Nick Jonas was also one of those profoundly affected by Avicii’s loss. A fan himself, he let his sorrows out in an acoustic guitar cover that had his fans melting.