When Avicii took the main stage at Ultra Music Festival this year, his set was completely unexpected and was unlike any other set he's played so far in his career. The producer responsible for one of the most recognized songs in dance music, "Levels," put together a set that encompassed all genres of music - really, ALL genres. Not to mention the live music aspect.
In his unique set you can hear electronic dance music, trap music, and even country/folk - among others. A few days before Ultra, he shared that he was excited to premiere music from his new album during his festival set.
This stirred up up a lot of buzz among Avicii fans and everyone else in the dance music community. He responded with an official statement through social media:
Wow. Looks like I stirred up some controversy with my set friday night at UMF. Seeing alot of people feedback who dont understand. My full set wasn't being streamed, only the last 40ish minutes with all new material from my album.
In a 75 minute set, I brought a 15 minute different breakdown with live musicians to a festival with nonstop dance music for 3 days straight 2 weeks in a row . I really wanted to switch things up and do something fun and different, as I always strive for, and this album is about experimentation and about showing the endless possibilities of house and electronic music. Its about how to incorporate acoustic instruments from different styles and influences you wouldnt expect and still stay true to your own sound and musicality which for me has always been about the melodies and positive energy. I will always produce music that I love and listen to. But my album is certainly not "country", and people have gotten hung up on an instrument we used for the live cover of a song. Every song on the album is a fusion with house and electronic music.
We wanted to make a statement, and theres really no better place to make one than UMF mainstage. People will soon see what it's all about.
My music is open to anyone who wants to listen to it and I will always stay true to my sound. Love you all who listen with open hearts and open minds. These past few months Ive been so lucky to have had the chance to work with so many talented artists and to bring them there when I launch the album was amazing and they all did an amazing job.
This was my first time performing with a band and I couldnt have asked for more a professional team, I really want to thank @MichaelEinziger and his fiancee, @vatoben and @JoseAPasillasII from Incubus, @Aloeblacc, legend @Mac Davis, @audramae and @dantyminskii for joining me on stage.
At Night management's Ash Pournouri tweeted:
It's hard not to be curious about Avicii's album now after hearing this set, and what he had to say about it! Guess we'll know soon! If you missed Avicii's Ultra set, check it out below:
*WARNING: Explicit language
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