At the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, the EDM duo The Chainsmokers paid their respects to Avicii who passed earlier this year. Avicii, also known as Tim Bergling, took his own life after years of suffering from mental illness. Avicii played a large part in the lives of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart from The Chainsmokers, his music influenced their work on many different levels. In fact, Avicii influenced a lot of the electronic dance music industry in general.
The Chainsmokers gave this tribute alongside Halsey who sang on their top Billboard hit “Closer”. They discussed the effects of mental illness and how deeply Avicii would be missed due to the joy that he had brought to so many different people. They encouraged everyone to reach out to anyone that they care about who needs help dealing with mental illness. When The Chainsmokers took the stage to accept their own Billboard award, they dedicated it to the memory of Avicci and the influence that he had on every electronic dance artist that had been nominated that evening. There are rumors that unreleased songs of Avicii may be getting released later this year. Avicii passed away from suicide at only 28 years old. While he may have been very successful in his musical career, his family does not believe he could handle the business machine behind everything. He was a sensitive young man who wanted to find peace.
The Chainsmokers address the issue of mental health in the entertainment industry in many of the songs released earlier this year. While the full album is expected to be released at a later date, the music from the album appears to be taking a much darker turn for The Chainsmokers. In one of their new songs, “Sick Boy”, Drew Taggart and Alex Pall talk about how the world seems to only value someone based on the social media posts and persona. This can have a deep impact on artists, and anyone else when it comes to knowing who they are as a person.