What were you doing when you were 23? Actually, don’t answer that. The last thing you need to be doing right now is reaching back to such a dark place you’ve since tucked away in the recesses of your mind, and on a Monday afternoon, no less.
Instead let’s focus on a 20-something success story in the form of Avicii. The 23-year-old Swedish DJ/producer responsible for the hook you couldn’t get out of your head last summer, “Levels,” made the #3 spot of DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs this year.
Avicii—real name Tim Bergling, who has risen in the annual list from #6 in 2011 and #39 in 2010—is the youngest DJ to appear on the list in the shortest amount of time, so seriously, don’t think about what you were doing when you were 23! You’ll only hurt yourself…
Avicii’s career has been on a similar fast track. By the end of this year, he’ll have played over 300 shows, which have included venue Meccas like Lollapalooza, ACL, and Ultra Music Festival. He also had a residency on the island haven where the EDM sun never sets Ibiza—all part of his jet-setting LE7ELS arena tour.
His sound has also attracted EDM fans to arenas across the country like the longstanding Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and Radio City Music Hall for the first time. In a further display of Avicii bridging generations, the DJ was tapped by pop icon Madonna to open two of her shows at Yankee Stadium.
DJs. They’re this generation’s rock stars.
Listen to his summer single, “Silhouettes,” here: