Mike Posner Reveals He Has Unreleased Vocals Avicii Had Him Record For ‘Levels’

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Mike Posner is most well known for his hit record, ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’. In the instant dance classic that was famously remixed by Seeb to create a radio hit, Posner mentions Avicii by name. The duo apparently had a strong relationship and used to work with each other on tracks fairly frequently.

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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.

Nile Rodgers Reveals He Has At Least 10 Unreleased Avicii Collaborations

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Nile Rodgers is one of the most accomplished producers of all time. While Rodgers is best known in the EDM world for his work with Daft Punk of their Grammy award-winning effort Random Access Memories, he has been cranking out chart-topping hits for well over three decades now. In a recent interview with London’s The

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

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Avicii worked on a full 10 tracks with previous collaborator, Nile RodgersAvicii Nile Rodgers 1

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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Watch Barcelona Pay Tribute To Avicii With Fireworks During Their Annual City Festival

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La Mercè Festival takes place every September in Barcelona, Spain. While the festival is a celebration of the city’s patron saint it has developed over the years into one of Spain’s largest and most impressive city festivals. This year during the Fireworks festival portion of La Mercè Festival, the city paid tribute Avicii. Tim Berg,

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NHL Goalie Pays Homage To Avicii With Incredible Mask

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NHL goalies have always been widely known for having extremely creative and unique goalie masks. One goalie, Anton Forsberg of the Chicago Blackhawks, decked his helmet in a unique way that hits all us EDM fans right in the feels. Forsberg’s new helmet features a black and white portrait of Avicii with absolute INCREDIBLE detail.

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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 Piano Where Many Iconic Melodies Were Created Is Being Moved To A Swedish Museum

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Last week, news broke about Avicii’s incredible California Mansion being sold to a buyer. While this was met with mixed feelings from fans, it was the right thing to do moving forward. The money from the sale of the house will help with several expenses for Avicii’s family. Now the LA interior design firm who

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Avicii’s Hollywood Hills Home is Officially Off The Market

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Today, Avicii’s incredible Hollywood Hills residence sold for a whopping 17.5 million dollars. Avicci purchased the home in 2014 for 15.5 million. The house is a 7,000 square foot, contemporary style home, originally built in 2008 and previously owned by Bruno Mascolo. This home is perfect for anyone wanting a castle on a hill, overlooking the

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