Avicii’s sixth installment of his Levels podcast hit iTunes earlier this week after his Ultra performance. After a brief recap of what he and his manager, Ash, have been up to recently, including his philanthropically-inclined House for Hunger tour, Avicii delivers a solid seven song mix. While each of the songs have been in heavy rotation, Axwell’s “Feel the Vibe” got a bit of a head-start on the others since it was released way back in 2005. After Avicii’s 30 minutes are up, he hands over the decks to fellow Swede Sebastian Ingrosso for a special guest mix. Seb’s mix covers the recent Swedish House Mafia hits, but also drops “Eclipse (Why Am I Doing This?),” his soon-to-be-released collaboration with Steve Angello and Alesso. Although we could’ve wished for a few more premieres and variation, Levels #006 is certainly a solid hour of music worth listening to.
Writing about Avicii as a DJ is impossible without also writing about Avicii as a producer. This isn’t the case for every EDM artist – Kaskade, for example, spins with a considerably harder sound than his own productions might indicate, and creates bootlegs galore. For Avicii, however, a DJ gig isn’t an opportunity to showcase his mixing skills, but rather a chance to see a crowd react to his hard work in the studio.
We don’t think it’s unfair to say that Avicii the DJ relies a little too much on Avicii the producer – playing his own hits back-to-back, interspersed with a few bootlegs crafted by other artists, just wasn’t sufficient for an Ultra headlining gig. Don’t get us wrong: we had a great time in the massive crowd during his headlining set, and even ran over to Bayfront Park from Masquerade Motel to catch it. We just think that, given how much Avicii tours and DJs, we can reasonably expect more than ten straight minutes of “Levels.” Read on for our full take on the set, as well as a certain special appearance.
We told you about Avicii’s Levels all-arena tour earlier in the week, but we thought we’d give you a heads up that tickets are going on sale today, March 23rd, at 10AM on Wantickets. There are a bunch of shows already lined up, including Reliant Arena in Houston, Uno Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, and American Airlines Arena in Miami. We’re told that more shows are going to be added as we near the start date, so be sure to keep an eye out for updates. However, if you’re looking to get in on the Avicii arena action and he’s already coming to your city, our advice is to act fast. Purchase tickets(more…)
Avicii is no stranger to big North American tours — and we’re no strangers to seeing him live on them — but he has just announced another tour for May and June that brings things to another level. Le7els is billed as the first all-arena tour for an EDM act, and will be hitting venues such as Reliant Arena in Houston, American Airlines Arena in Miami, and Boston’s TD Garden later on. We’re sure that most of you have already seen Avicii once or twice for yourselves, but if not, this could be your opportunity to experience Tim live for the first time. Tickets for the June 8th show at American Airlines Arena in Miami go on sale this Friday, March 23rd, and the full tour opens up on the 26th. Full list of tour dates below.
Yesterday we brought you part one of our Electro Beach Puerto Vallarta diaries, and today we’re back with part II. Laidback Luke helped keep the momentum going with a monster set at Xtine, before Avicii stole the week at Collage. It was a fitting way to end the week, and a killer ending to an amazing spring break. Keep reading for all the nitty gritty details!
Over the course of one month, Avicii and the At Night family toured the continental United States (and Puerto Rico) on their “House for Hunger” tour to raise money and awareness for the ever-increasing hunger epidemic plaguing the United States. In addition to bringing his music to tons of cities across the US, Avicii and his team brought much-needed awareness to a problem that most of us never really think about. Watch the recap as it follows Avicii and Cazzette as they travel from city to city, bringing the energy and passion that only house music can evoke. (See update) It’s always good to shed some light on the positive side of EDM.
Update: The footage above comes from Avicii’s 2011 College Tour, not his House for Hunger one. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused — though it doesn’t make the video any less awesome.
We can say things like “EDM has gone mainstream” until we’re blue in the face, but honestly, this is on a whole different level. Rumors have been swirling of an Avicii Super Bowl commercial, and the leaked Bud Light Platinum Lager ad below confirms that the Swede will be getting some airtime during today’s game. Not only is “Levels” the soundtrack to the ad which focuses on mixing business with pleasure, but Tim himself is seen spinning at the hipster loft it’s set in. It’s completely insane how fast Avicii has risen in the past year, and it’s even more amazing that such a huge company like Anheuser-Busch was avant garde enough to put him in its ad. Still, we’re thrilled to see Tim getting the recognition he deserves, and it just might be the secret weapon to get young people drinking this beer.
Avicii’s House for Hunger Tour showed the producer’s charitable side, but anyone can write a check and call it a day (sort of). MTV tagged along with Avicii and his executive producer Ash Pournouri as they paid a visit to a New York City rescue mission to deliver food to some of the people they set out to help. Tim and Ash serve food to the people who come, pack bags to be sent out remotely, and generally participate in the goings-on of the rescue mission. Ash talks about the importance of sharing success, and Avicii implores people to come help out for themselves. If you’d like to donate to House For Hunger, click the link below.
Our review of Avicii’s Pier 94 New Year’s Eve extravaganza did a good job of explaining the night, the set downloads did a better one, but these video recaps of the night are a painfully real representation of the massive, amazing event. To sum them up in three words: Take us back. There are two parts to the recap, including a standard two minute recap and an five minute long part two. Part two shows some behind-the-scenes of how the venue got so tricked out, and tons more footage of Arty, Cazzette, Glenn Morrison, Swanky Tunes, and of course Avicii. Hopefully by now you’ve already clicked play, but if not get to it.
There was no shortage of awesome things to do last night to ring in the New Year, but the biggest party in New York had to be at Pier 94. Avicii, Arty, Cazzette, Swanky Tunes, and Glenn Morrison helped 10,000 people party through the night at the massive event space — but thankfully the sets are not lost forever. EDM Tunes has somehow secured sets from Arty, Avicii, and Cazzette, so everyone can re-live the action like they were there. To sum things up, Arty opened with “Trio” (which still has no release date), Cazzette played tons of new music (“Titanium” remix, anyone?), and Avicii… well, he’s Avicii. Download or stream all the sets below… they just might help your hangover.