Avicii on partying: “I ended up in hospital”

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. 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.”

Capping off 2012 with the release of his Nicky Romero collaboration I Could Be The One on the LE7ELS label, Avicii was swiftly added to the Future Music Festival bill, headlining the ‘EDM’ arena. He’s in good company, too, with French boy wonder Madeon, fast-rising mainstage star Hardwell, Steve Aoki, Dizzee Rascal and more. Just this week, after passing three million ‘Likes’ on Facebook, a free download was made available on Avicii’s Soundcloud. The track, featuring vocalist Negin, is titled 3 Million (Your Love Is So Amazing), and you can add it to your collection below.