Dance world has mixed reactions to Avicii’s retirement

Right now, Avicii’s 19 million Facebook fans are publicly digesting the news that Sweden’s superstar DJ is hanging up his headphones. But if it’s the reactions of Tim Bergling’s fellow dance stars you want, Twitter is the place to go.

A cast of electronic names are weighing in on Avicii’s surprise retirement and their opinions are a mixed bag. Oliver Heldens, Nicky Romero and The Chainsmokers have all paid their respects, Steve Angello’s congratulated the decision to stop touring and mystery producer Marshmello has praised Bergling’s contributions to dance music “no matter what people say”. 

For locals Peking Duk, Avicii’s retirement a clever move that signals the end of an era. And for Deadmau5? Well, you can see for yourself below. 

Meanwhile the BBC have announced that they’ve acquired Stories, a documentary about the hitmaker’s life and career set to finish production later this year. “Avicii redefined the boundaries of contemporary dance music…but little is known about the man behind the music,” BBC Worldwide’s Director of Music Salim Mukaddam said.

“This film promises to give fans and music lovers an insight into the unbelievable world of a superstar artist, from the highs of playing to packed stadiums around the world to the lows of illness and struggling to get back to the stage.” Stay tuned for a release date.