Avicii: True Stories

Synopsis: Focuses on the incredible rise, fall and rebirth of one of the worlds most successful electronic music artists of all time, Avicii.
Genre: Documentary
97 min

[announcer] Give it up for Avicii!

[crowd cheering]

[serene electronic music]

[Avicii] The first four or five years,

everything was awesome...

because you get a kick out of it,

the same thing you're...

If you're jumping out of a plane,

you get a kick, too.

Because you're playing

with the feeling of almost dying.

And when you're up on stage,

I have been playing

with the feeling of being...

special, and finding a connection with

people in the sense of being accepted.

The way I went into DJing

was I'm... I'm gonna give it 100 percent,

no matter what happens.

And I kept giving 100 percent

all the time.

It was all around, in general, that

sense of more and more and more.

I didn't give myself enough time

to really figure out

what about the touring didn't I like.

The only time I had was...

a few... a few weeks here and there,

and... and then I was out

on the road again.

And the few weeks I had,

I never really got to get home anywhere,

and I was out for eight years.

So that meant, after four years,

when I started to come home,

it didn't even feel like home anymore.

I just know that it got to a point

where I didn't like it anymore.

And it got to a point where it's too much.

After that, I just decided:

"F***, I'm gonna quit."

[man singing in Swedish]

I grew up in Stockholm.

My whole childhood

up till I was, like, 19 years old

was in between, like, five blocks.

Like, all my schools that I went to were

all in the same... same area of Stockholm.

I knew that whatever I wanted to do

later in life,

I knew that

I wanted to do something creative.

A friend of mine told me about FL Studio.

And I remember I downloaded it,

so I started playing around with it.

It was very easy because... 'cause

you could, like, draw out the notes.

[Otto] He had his studio in his bedroom,

which was his apartment.

It was only one room.

And it was like a bed, I remember,

that was supposed to be folded,

so you got more space,

but it was always down.

[Lucas] It was, like, covered in plates

with, like, old spaghetti and pesto.

That's all we could afford.


We always met, you know, around noon,

then when I looked at the clock,

one o'clock in the night,

I would say:
"Yeah, maybe we should see

each other again tomorrow and continue",

and he was like:

"Ah, we need to finish now.

It's better to finish now, then...

Then we can do a new song tomorrow."

He worked during the night, basically,

and then when he had sleep,

he often walked up to his roof

and slept in the sun.

And he was like:
"Yeah, its so smart,

because then I get a tan,

I get sleep,

and then I can go back to... to work."

["Hang With Me - Avicii Mix"

playing on stereo]

[Avicii] The first half year was me just

trying to rip off other people's sounds.

And once you've done that

a thousand times, you start improvising.

Maybe I can do these two chords first but

then go to that chord and that, you know.

That's when I started coming up

with... unique stuff.

And then I just sent my music out

to blogs.

I remember I went to Laidback Luke

and I went to his forum

and I contacted him,

sent him a bunch of my demos.

I could already tell his melodies

were awesome

and the way he combined bass lines,

chords, and... and leads,

it was alre... already in there.

He really liked 'em,

and he started feedbacking me on them.

And from that moment on,

I sent every new track I did,

I sent to Luke.

I remember not getting one demo a week

but at least five every week.

And every track,

and I got better and better and better

until they started playing

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