Why Avicii Had to Retire at the Ripe Old Age of 26
The Hollywood Reporter recently caught up with Avicii for an interview to discuss his decision to retire from the road, and where he sees his life and career heading once he hangs up the touring life for good.
His decision to retire was first and foremost motivated by his health, and the incredible toll that the touring lifestyle took on him. He describes that it wasn't so much the music or shows, but the surrounding lifestyle that was so difficult for him.
“To me it was something I had to do for my health. The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me. All the other parts of being an artist. I'm more of an introverted person in general. It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”
This won't come as a surprise to any fan who has followed his career closely, as he's had well publicized health troubles. He had acute pancreatitis due to excessive drinking in 2013, and had his gall-bladder removed in 2014.
When asked about deadmau5's less than kind tweets about his decision to retire, he was diplomatic.
“Yeah, I saw that. That's fine. It's not my problem if he can't quit.”
And he did give fans some hope to see him return to touring at some point, while expressing his own happiness having made the decision to retire from the road.
“I just feel happy. I feel free at this point. Like I have my private life back and focusing on myself for the first time in a long time,” he says. “This was obviously the hardest decision of my life so far. But so far it has paid off tremendously in terms of well-being for me. I'm happier than I have been in a very, very long time. Stress-free more than I have been in a very long time. I can't say I'm never going to have a show again. I just don't think I'm going to go back to the touring life.”
He also indicated that his collaboration with Sia is still in the works, and confirmed that the version he played recently in Dubai wasn't the final product, but rather “a demo, not the finished version.”
Check out the full interview over at The Hollywood Reporter.