Avicii on partying: “I ended up in hospital”

Yesterday, Avicii broke the news that he’s bowing out of the DJ game. While the Swede says he will “never let go of music,” his 2016 run of shows will be his last. In a long statement posted to his Facebook page, the superstar born Tim Bergling mentioned the “bumps” that have come on his road to success, explaining that when he’s constantly on tour, he has “too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist”.

In a 2013 interview with inthemix, Avicii spoke candidly about his struggles with alcohol on the road, revealing that drinking too heavily had previously caused him to be hospitalised. Revisit our original talk with Bergling below for an insight into the dark side of being a headliner. 

Last year, superstar Swede Avicii gave inthemix a run-down of his current tour schedule: “I do about 300-plus shows a year,” the 23-year-old told us down the line from Las Vegas. “I think I’ll end up at like 320 shows this year. It’s definitely a strange lifestyle.”

For 2013, though, Tim Bergling plans to slow the touring right down. Bar a trip out here for Future Music Festival in March and a quick jaunt to Europe, for the first half this year he’s hoping to stay put in the U.S. and turn out some new music.

When we got Bergling on the phone again earlier this month, we asked if it can be hard to avoid partying non-stop when you’re always on tour. He had a candid response. “It totally is,” he told inthemix.

“I was so much more into that before, though. I was drinking a whole lot more and I was going to after-parties and just generally not being very professional. But my body just couldn’t take it and I ended up in the hospital at the beginning of last year – so, like a year ago. Really, because of drinking.

“I was going to after-parties and just generally not being very professional”

“Since then I’ve done a complete 180 and I’ve been taking it really easy. I’ll still have fun on occasion, but I have to pick my battles, I really do. I don’t know how some people do it when they party for years and years and years. I crashed.”

It seems the cause of the problem was a pretty relatable one: being a teenager. “I had shows every single day and I’m still young, but when I started touring I was like eighteen years old,” he continued. “So I was straight out of high school, like the same time I could go to clubs I started touring, so that’s a lot of excitement. It was a lot of excitement for me when I was eighteen so I really tried to take everything in.

“I wasn’t sure if it was going to last, I really tried to take advantage of it and I completely overdid it. I’m happy I did it then, and I’m happy I got that hospital visit now, ‘cause if not I probably would have still kept going and in a year or two years probably something way worse could have happened. Something that’s irreversible. This is not irreversible at all. It was just kind of a wake-up call.”

Katie Cunningham is one of the Editors of inthemix. She is on Twitter.