Photo Avicii, the reigning Swedish prince of electronic dance music, is done for now with the extravagant, vagabond life of an international touring D.J.The musician, born Tim Bergling, announced on Tuesday in an open letter posted to his website that his 2016 concerts will be his last, at least for the foreseeable future.
Avicii, 26, became a poster child for the electronic dance musician-as-pop star beginning with his 2011 hit “Levels,” riding the commercial rise of E.D.M. to six-figure performance fees at Las Vegas nightclubs and outdoor festivals.
He has released two albums: “True” in 2013, and “Stories,” in 2015.In his note, Avicii wrote: “My choices and career have never been driven by material things, although I’m grateful for all the opportunities and comforts my success has availed me. I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.”
Avicii has grappled with health problems while on the road. In 2014, he canceled shows after having his gall bladder and appendix removed.
In his note on Tuesday, Avicii, whose songs have been streamed more than a billion times on Spotify, thanked his fans and industry colleagues, while noting that his successes have come at a young age.
“I’ve become an adult while growing as an artist, I’ve come to know myself better and realize that t’s so much I want to do with my life. I have strong interests in different areas but t’s so little time to explore them.”
As of now, Avicii’s last gig is scheduled for Aug. 27 at the Creamfields festival in the United Kingdom, following a handful of festival appearances in Europe this summer.
On Tuesday, the D.J. and producer Steve Angello, formerly of Swedish House Mafia, reached out to Avicii on Twitter.
“I know how hard the decision was but I also know how right it felt once you figured it out. Much love.”