Swedish DJ Avicii is retiring at the age of 26 after making upwards of $50,000,000 throughout less than a decade mixing beats.
Avicii became an international sensation after the 2011 release of “Levels,” which became either a number one or top ten hit in pretty much any country whose population listens to EDM music.
Avicii popularized using throwbacks to oldies by sampling Etta James “Something’s Got a Hold on Me,” which would later influence other artists to do similar sampling- if not the same exact sampling.
You may be sick of the song now- but you know you jammed out to it like no other a few years ago.
Anyways, the success of Levels and his ability to keep up the momentum with fresh tracks helped Avicii become one of the most in-demand DJs of the time.
Avicii said that he’s retiring and that 2018 will be his last year doing gigs because he wants time to enjoy life and find himself.
He said he has “strong interests” in different areas and wants to take time to pursue those interests.
For those of you who really want to see Avicii before he calls it quits, he will be performing numerous shows in the U.K., at The Electric Daisy Carnival, and at Boucher Playing Fields for his last show in August.
The Squander is now taking bets on when Avicii will “come out of retirement” to perform a gig– over/under is one year.