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In the summer of 2011 I was going to graduate my last year of compulsory school. Basically graduating high school but we don't call it "high school" here. And I remember that I was taking a secondary gym class because I wanted some extra credit. And most of the people I took the class with were either these boorish lunkheads or quiet gym rat girls. Two guys stood out to me. One was this super cool sporty nerd whom I still keep in touch with and the other was someone I'm gonna bet is training for the Olympics right now.

This second guy was also really cool and acted more like a cheerleader than a gym rat. He didn't see the class as a bunch of individuals, instead he saw us all as a team and he gave each one of us a pat on the back at the end of the class and no matter how you had performed, he always said "great job today!"

And one morning, still during winter, he plugged his MP3 player into the speaker system and played this song on repeat.



This was before Avicii was even signed with a label. Back when he was just someone on soundcloud who had done this house thing song and even sampled a famous singer without any kind of permission. He was just some kid who was barely 3 years older than me.

I still remember that day when that guy plugged in his MP3 player and he didn't just let this song play once, he actually looped it for a few times and I just had to ask him what it was called. And it was kinda funny how he said "I don't know, I think it's called Levels by Avitchi, but I don't know if that's really the name."

Fast forward to when I just started college and Avicii was signed and his first single was playing at the hazing parties. We drank and danced like nobody's business in the late summer heat. I made some of my first friends in college to this song.



And then there was this geeky teacher I had in college. This dorky man who might also have only been 3 years older than me. And yeah, he was an absolute nerd and one of the more toxic people I had made friends with hated his guts, but I could relate. He was a lot like me, I think. Someone who often tries too hard to make people like them. Or at least someone who tries too hard to make people think he's cool.

I remember this teacher always played some kind of song every Monday and Friday morning lecture and one day he pulls up this one.



And he goes something like "this video and song are excellent examples of storytelling." And then he tries to make his case but he's kinda bad at it. But I'm just focused on the fact that he showed this video and he's actually kind of ecstatic over the fact that the trans theme is so pronounced and that we should all learn something from it.

Heh... And now, years later I kind of only remember those friends I made in college as either people I never want to see again or as people I fucked up with and I know will never want to see me again. When the third year rolled up, I was already starting to feel the dislike between us all and in some strange symbolic parallel Avicii faded out of my life just like the people I knew in college did.

My taste in music left the EDM scene and I stopped thinking about this guy who was barely 3 years older than me. But then... even if in retrospect the people I learned to know have disappeared from my life, I still have good memories of all of them. Set to the tune of Avicii.

So... I guess Avicii had a lot more impact on my life than I gave him credit for. And if you had asked me about him yesterday, I would have said something like "good artist, don't really listen to him anymore but I'm sure that in 5-10 years he's gonna be a really classy producer. I'm certain he's going to make loads of really well-made and memorable songs that future music historians are going to call classics."

I didn't really know how to take the news that he died today. But it feels good to have aired it now.
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nimeister18 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Avicii was really the only edm artist I liked and I still find most of it closer to noise than music. I mean we weren't talking past his prime celeb whose best days were behind them.... he was 28 and was still making music. Talk about cutting someone down in his prime.
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TheDangerCat Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018
Yeah... I think he helped the EDM scene evolve and I always thought he'd continue to make it evolve. What makes me sad is that his songs, while great, are kind of expendable. You only really party to Avicii when you're young enough to have the time for it. When you grow up, you need to make the time for that. And I always thought that Avicii would let his music grow up the same way.
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nimeister18 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
He's part of my regular playlist when I'm on the computer working- one of his strong traits. It wasn't just the emphasis on more natural sounds but the fact he made songs and not just club music like many EDM artists. It would be good for someone to continue that- if it became an industry standard we'd certainly have Avicii to thank for that.
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn. I just found out about his music rather recently, probably in the last 3 years.  I really enjoy his work.  What a shame that he's passed away.
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TheDangerCat Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018
Yeah. At least he got a lot of good stuff done.
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Or at least he did make some good stuff.  We'll never know if he had even better within him, but what he shared with us was pretty damn good. 
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ProtoDrawsTings Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Student
Damn this story was kinda sad. Rest In Peace Avicii
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TheDangerCat Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018
I didn't expect to be affected by his passing. Who really connects to EDM, you know? Serves me right to be as affected as I was :/
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