I used to be a fan of Avicii, but this kid seems to have no clue what the fuck.
While he likes to play mostly his own songs, he still includes tracks by others to keep up the requisite energy level, and "Epic" is one of them. In fact, it's the third song the opening DJ has played from Tim's usual rotation, and each time it happens, Tim cracks open another Red Bull and gets a little more jittery.
The Rolling Stones never had to suffer this type of indignity. "We should make a list of songs that we tell festival organizers not to let other DJs play," Bergling's tour manager, a no-nonsense Irishwoman named Ciara Davey, says decisively
[Avicii]'s listening to the thumping sound of "Who" by German producers Tujamo and Plastik Funk coming off the stage. "This, too?" he says incredulously. "How many of my fucking songs is he going to play?
Epic and Don't you Worry Child are your fucking songs? Perhaps the opening DJ shouldn't be playing banger and banger, but it wasn't like he was playing Avicii's own productions. Hell, everybody plays those fucking songs, why the hell is pizza boy doing so too?
Thanks to computers, these days, DJing is mostly "before work," Tim explains. Most of the set list and transitions are worked out before he gets onstage. The notion of a DJ who determines what to play by reading the room "feels like something a lot of older DJs are saying to kind of desperately cling on staying relevant."
Since so much of it is predetermined, I ask, what is he doing onstage? He sure looks busy as hell up there: Twisting knobs and pushing buttons and smiling and dancing. But after watching his show a few times, the only real difference I notice when he twists a button or pushes a knob is that sometimes it gets a little louder or quieter, like he's deploying all of that energy just to change the volume.
"Yeah, it's mostly volume," he shrugs. "Or the faders, when you're starting to mix into another song, you can hear both in your headphones, you get it to where you want and you pull up the fader."
So you plan the same set ahead of time with the same transitions, yet you don't bother to do more other than playing with the volume and fader?
He also talks shit about Funkagenda and there's a quote from his lighting guy saying that Avicii's VIP shows are against everything he believes what clubbing should be about.
Naturally, DJ's who actually have skills like Laidback Luke and A-Trak call him out for it.
Avicii retorts on twitter that GQ misquoted him... but the damage is done. It'd be more forgiving if the guy actually performed good shows but everybody realizes now that his sets are boring and his main stage show at Ultra didn't do him any favors.
Stick a fork in him.