He is here to bromance you

Swedish DJ Avicii, world number six in the international electronic dance music circuit, will be in the city preparing for his stint at Sunburn. We caught up with him to talk about serenading Indian listeners and spreading some bromance

What did you listen to when growing up?
I don't know what really lead to finding my sound. My father listened a lot to Ray Charles and '60's rock when I grew up and that definitely influenced me a lot.

Which DJs have influenced your music?
Swedish House Mafia and Eric Prydz; they were the ones that got me into house music in the first place, and they're still a really big influence on me today.

There has been some debate about what Seek Bromance tries to convey.
That track has done a lot for me. I had a really good feeling about it from the first moment I started it. It really started taking off, and we were going to release the instrumental on Ministry of Sound, but they really got into the vocal version, so Amanda sang everything again and we released the vocal version. I'm not sure how the video came into play; it was Ministry of Sound's idea. They sent us a draft of what they wanted it to be. It wasn't my idea. I didn't think of anything.

What has been your most memorable collaboration and how did it come about?
I'd have to say that Laidback Luke has been most helpful with my music, and I look up to Ti sto the most.

Would you like to collaborate with anyone from India?
Right now I am very busy touring. Hopefully sometime in the near future you might get to hear something from me in collaboration with someone from India.

When did you realise that you wanted to be a DJ? If not music, what other career can you imagine for yourself?
Well I've always been into music! Even though I never went to a music school, a lot of my friends did. So I've always been surrounded by people who know music! Then I got into playing guitar and around the same time I started listening to house music as well, and  heard about all these different programmes and decided to download one and give it a try. I got instantly hooked and have been producing it ever since. I can't imagine doing anything apart from this.

What are you looking forward to the most at Sunburn?
I'm so excited to be in India and to experience the crowd. I am very thrilled that the crowd will get to hear me play. I have heard a lot about Sunburn and the crowd and I'm just very glad to see this beautiful country. I wish I had more time for sightseeing.

Avicii will perform today at the Turf Club, Mahalakshmi. Get tickets on

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