The sudden passing of DJ and music producer Avicii in April shocked his fans and the world.
One of his biggest hits was “Wake Me Up”, featuring singer and friend Aloe Blacc, who just like the world, was in complete shock when he heard the news.
Blacc sat down with ET Canada’s Roz Weston, speaking candidly of how the DJ’s death stunned him and the entire music industry.
“I just remember feeling like, I didn’t even want to face the world for a week,” the 39-year-old shared. “I just wanted to think about the good moments had in the studio, working together on stage performing, and the legacy that he’d lead.”
The “Love Is The Answer” singer expressed that he believes Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, was under pressure of meeting high expectations.
“I thought, personally, that everything was moving in a really positive direction because I know he had taken the time to rest. Retreat from the music business. And collect himself. We were all shocked,” he added.
Blacc says that performing “Wake Me Up” takes on a different meaning to him now.
“It’s a different energy for me. I think the audience is still processing as well. But we perform it in honour of his life, of his passion,” he shared.
Now, less than a month after the tragic loss, Blacc is returning to music with a brand new single “Brooklyn in the Summer” from his upcoming album, along with a appearing in the documentary “America’s Musical Journey”.
Blacc said he decided to take time off after the release of his last album in 2013, not just for himself, but to also become a father.
“Having kids really makes you take a step back, and smell the roses, recognize what really matters. Relationships, communication, and I value that!” he said. “So, I still work really hard when I’m in the studio. But when I’m out of the studio I focus on the kids.”