Avicii’s retirement has been announced after rising to fame with the success of his 2011 Grammy-nominated single “Levels.” The 26-year-old artist will give up touring and thanked dozens of people he’s worked with. The Swedish DJ said this was going to be his final year of touring.
The retirement was announced by thanking producers, his label, collaborators, managers, and friends, according to Yahoo News. Avicii also thanked his fans who came to see him tour, bought music, and enjoyed themselves at his shows.
“Two weeks ago, I took the time to drive across the U.S. with my friends and team, to just look and see and think about things in a new way. It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while,” he wrote.
Avicii said the trip helped him realize he needs to pull back from touring constantly. “My choices and career have never been driven by material things, although I’m grateful for all the opportunities and comforts my success has availed me. I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.”
Avicii’s retirement will begin next year, making 2016 as his last year for tours. “I will however never let go of music - I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang!”
He’s performed live consistently since releasing “Levels” and experienced another big breakout in 2013 when “Wake Me Up” hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Last year, Avicii teased about a third album in 2016.
The Swedish DJ has received nothing but support by his followers. People have replied to his retirement dreams stating that he has every right to pursue goals that are best for him.
Avicii’s retirement is still a shock to his label, producers and everyone else he works with. At least one promoter said that Swedish DJ’s announcement will definitely boost ticket sales.