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    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd
      Avicii 'died after cutting himself using broken wine bottle and bleeding to death' - while his family alluded to suicide in open letter saying 'he wanted peace' Avicii took his own life and died due to massive blood loss, TMZ claims His family penned a letter saying the DJ 'couldn't go on and wanted peace'  Tim 'Avicii' Bergling was found dead in Muscat, Oman, aged 28, on April 20 A family member rushed to Oman after a worrying phone conversation with the DJ but arrived two hours after the troubled star had taken his life Swedish DJ retired from touring in 2016 after mental and physical health issues  
      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5677489/Avicii-died-cutting-bleeding-death-report-say.html#ixzz5EIJ2TBmi  Troubled Swedish DJ Avicii died due to massive blood loss after cutting himself with glass from a broken wine bottle, a report claims.
      The report with details of his death comes from TMZ, quoting 'sources privy to specific information about Avicii's death'.
      Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, was found dead in the city of Muscat, Oman, on April 20.
      Last week, his family penned an open letter saying the 28-year-old  'could not go on any longer and wanted peace'.
      The letter, signed 'The Family', described Avicii as a 'fragile artistic soul and a sensitive guy not made for the machinery he ended up in'.
      It says he 'truly battled thoughts about the Meaning, Life, Happiness. Now, he could not go on any more. He wanted peace.' 
      Speaking to MailOnline at the time of the letter's publication, a spokeswoman for the artist declined to confirm whether he had taken his own life. 
      Swedish entertainment news website Stoppa Pressarna reported that hours before the DJ's death he spoke to a member of his family who was so worried by the phone call that he immediately traveled to Oman, but arrived two hours too late.  
      ‘The family was aware that Tim was mentally unwell. It went up and down, but when he was in Oman it got worse,’ a source close to the family said 
      ‘When they spoke to Tim on the phone, they got worried., The family understood that it was bad and that they had to act.
      ‘The plane landed two hours after Tim had passed away’.
      In the days following his death, it was revealed that Avicii had been in a committed relationship with Czech-American model Tereza Kačerová, and was a doting step-father to her young son at the time of his death.
      Ms Kačerová posted a heartbreaking open letter on her Instagram, in which she revealed that the pair had been planning on having children of their own, along with a series of photographs of them together. 
      She writes: 'Every time I think about something we won't finish I feel physical pain in my heart.
      'We never finished the Harry Potter marathon - we had the last one left - you never witnessed me having a meltdown when Snape dies.
      'I never finished persuading you that our daughter's name MUST be Serafina.
      'You never finished your tattoo sleeve in which the inner forearm would have a face coincidentally resembling mine.'
      She continues: 'I was always very set on keeping our relationship private because I wanted it to be OURS and ours only and wanted no part in that madness. 
      'But I thought, if I'm going to share this with the world, it will be when I'm pregnant with our child. Ohhh how that plan went awry.' 
      Despite a meteoric rise to success following the release of hit-single Le7els in 2011, Avicii announced in 2016 that he would not longer perform live, following years health problems caused by stress and alcohol abuse, as well as severe anxiety. 
      A recent documentary, Avicii: True Stories shed light on the extreme pressure he was under, performing 320 shows in a single year.
      In the documentary, Avicii, a self-confessed introvert, speaks frequently about using alcohol as a crutch to be able to perform, drinking every day during his hectic tour, and to help him with his crippling anxiety and stress.
      At the age of 21 he was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis - a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas - due in part to excessive drinking.
      In 2014, Bergling was again hospitalised and forced to have his gallbladder and appendix removed.
      Avicii made a fortune during his short career, cashing in $28million in 2014 alone, earning $250,000 a night when playing out sold-out shows, according to GQ.
      Avicii himself was less bothered about his millions, saying in 2013 that he 'noticed straight away when I started making money, that I don't need that much money'.
      In 2012 he donated the entire income of his U.S. tour - more than one million dollars - to hunger relief charity Feeding America, and in 2013 he gave one million euros to Swedish aid organisation Radiohjälpen.
      Bergling grew up in affluent Ostermalm in the Swedish capital Stockholm, and began producing music in high school.
      He made a name for himself on the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) scene, before his breakthrough hit Le7els in 2011. 
      He would later become known for hits like Wake Me Up!, You Make Me, and recently Lonely Together, a collaboration with Rita Ora. 
      He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. 
      Just three days before his death, in his final post on Twitter, Bergling thanked the Billboard Music Award's jury for his nomination int the Top Dance/Electronic Album category for his EP Avīci (01).
      He died on April 20 in Muscat, Oman, where he is reported to have been holidaying with friends.
      An official cause of death has not been made public.
      * If you or someone you know is in need of crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp
      AVICII'S FAMILY'S OPEN LETTER
      Read the family's open letter, published on Thursday, in full;
      'Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul who always carried great existential questions.
      'An overperforming perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a tempo which led to extremely difficult stress.
      'When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to feel good and be able to do what he loved the most - music.'
      'He truly battled thoughts about the Meaning, Life, Happiness. 
      'Now, he could not go on any more. He wanted peace.
      'Tim was not made for the machinery he ended up in, he was a  sensitive guy who loved his fans, but shunned the spotlight,' the statement read.
      'Tim, you will forever be loved and missed. Who you were and your music will carry on the memory of you. 
      'We love you, the family'.

      Source: Daily Mail
       
       




    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd
      French producer Mathieu Koss has been carving a solid name for himself for a few years now. Having seen support early in his career from Sam Feldt, Robin Schulz, Lost Frequencies and Martin Garrix, it’s easy to see why his new single is tinged with some guilt-free summer spiced optimism. The Best Is Yet To Come is Mathieu’s new effort is another great example of his persistent pop house blend.
      Mathieu’s first release, Need Your Lovin, saw immediate global reach. Followed quickly by a deep house version of NJR’s classic I Need Your Love which gained massive DJ interest, later resulting in over 2 million streams. Mathieu is most known so far however for Big Jet Plane alongside fellow DJ, Alok. The soon to be infamous remake of Angus and Julia stones slur of a folk song was a huge world-wide success. Mathieu worked epic levels of euphoria into the track, that was equally met with exhilarating force of music genius.

      Having always been a keen traveller, Mathieu is keen to use emotions conjured up by foreign voyages deep within his work. After being inspired by the uplifting attitude of some newly found Australian friends –Best Is Yet To Come was born. 
      This single was shaped specifically for Joan Alasta’s vocals, who might be recognised from her appearance in Big Jet Plane. Riding high in the mix, Joan plays her part proud.  always keen to draw from multiple influences, Joan refers frequently to the likes of Radiohead and more obscure and traditional Corsican songs. Joan’s constant search for diversity is magnified by Mathieu – both driving us forward with grace and the sheer force of positive thinking.
      Mathieu Koss – Best Is Yet To Come is available April 6th!
       
      Spotify: 
       
       

    • Nordic-By-Nature
      By Nordic-By-Nature
      Tech-house aficionados, Go Freek are back with their new single ‘Time’, proving a little time off doesn’t change a thing.
      Dynamic and experimental, Go Freek embrace the darker side of builds and the sharper side of drops creating a club track that stands out from the pack.
      Already being given the tick of approval from club guru’s such as Claptone, Vanilla Ace, Don Diablo, Roger Sanchez and Lee Foss, ‘Time’ is looking to be added to their plethora of club hits and chart toppers.
      Go Freek on ‘Time’, "This was produced for dance floors. It’s a fun record designed to hypnotise and aid listeners in losing track of Time."
       
      Go Freek have carved their name into the global dance music scene with singles such as ‘Define’, the collaboration with Dom Dolla that garnered an amazing 13 million online streams , ‘Call Out’, that reached #2 on the ARIA club charts in 2016 and ‘Put It Down’ reaching #2 on the ARIA club charts in 2017. Enabling the boys to gain support and work alongside global names such as Porter Robinson, Diplo, Claude Vonstroke, Steve Aoki and label-mate What So Not. 

      So, take some time off and get yourself listening to Go Freek’s new single ‘Time’ out today via Sweat It Out.
      Audio: https://soundcloud.com/gofreek/go-freek-time
      Buy/stream: https://sweatitout.lnk.to/FreekTime For more info on Go Freek, visit: FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | SOUNDCLOUD
       
       
    • GALLEON
      By GALLEON
      In the lead up to their Australian tour and the release of their new album, Cut The Strings, Ozclubbers' @GALLEON chats with Booka Shade about their music, the album, and just life in general!

      We warmly welcome you both Arno & Walter back to Australia for your run of dates in March. You have frequented our shores regularly in the last 10 years. What is it that keeps bringing you back down under?
      Ever since we first came in 2007, we have found an enthusiastic and loyal fanbase who not only cherishes the classic tracks, but also embraces more recent songs such as LOVE INC .
      We played some of the biggest festivals such as big day out, future fest etc, but also enjoy the headline club shows, like Melbourne last weekend and the ones coming up in Brisbane, Auckland and Adelaide (during fringe festival) .
      As the new album is only coming out in a couple of weeks, we play a lot of unreleased album songs in Australia, and it´s great to see the reaction of the crowd.
      Your previous live shows have never disappointed and always left the listener wanting more. Can you let us in on a few secrets as to what we might experience this time around?
      I guess it´s not really a secret when I say that we simply LOVE performing on a stage. that´s what we are really good at (together with producing music I hope) .
      And on this tour, also because the sound of the album is more ´back to the club´, our setup is very condensed , we have all channels for synthesizers, effects, drums under control on stage, we can react quickly and can interact more spontaneously , which gives the set great energy .
       
      With your last album Galvany Street, you took a different approach to your previous albums, which included the use of more hardware and  featured various collaborations. Does Cut The Strings have any similarities to Galvany Street or have you gone back to a predominantly club approach?
      After our 2013 album EVE we had the feeling that we had said everything in terms of bass lines and riffs. we had the feeling we would only repeat ourselves if we continued in our ´usual´ way, and as artists, we definitely always want to progress, evolve, not repeat.
      Which sounds risky, because we have a career we could perhaps simply continue for years and years.
      But that would be too easy …. :-)
      So on GALVANY STREET, we made an unusual step and produced an album outside of the techno box, no techno 4/4 beats , no ´booka synth riffs´ , a lot of vocals, even pop song writing.
      Most of the vocal tracks are together with Craig Walker, former member of the UK band ARCHIVE. btw he´s got a new project coming up called THEM THERE.
      We also collaborated with Fritz Hilpert from KRAFTWERK on a Dolby atmos mix of the entire album which was released as Blu-ray disc and is part of the Box Set we released.
      We needed this time out to recharge our club batteries and indeed, we found new inspiration for club music !
      And now, with this new enthusiasm for the club, comes CUT THE STRINGS .
      After the galvany street the only guideline we had was that we wanna go back to more clubbier music and that we don‘t wanna work so crazy long on tracks as we did in the past.it should be more spontaneous and open minded.
       
      You have worked with Troels Abrahamsen (vocalist on Kolsch 'All That Matters') on your latest single and title track, Cut The Strings. How did you get to know Troels?
      We actually contacted him years ago, shortly after ´all that matters´, and recorded a first version of what would later become CUT THE STRINGS.
      But then the GALVANY STREET project came in between and we put the song aside for a while, and picked up work in the autumn of last year.
      One of the novelties of the album CUT THE STRINGS is that we worked much more spontaneous and finished the production process quicker.
      On previous albums we easily worked for 2, even 3 years on an album. Again, that´s something we wanted to change in 2018.
       
      With your latest live show, do you individually have specific functions within the show or do you collaborate on all aspects?
      The work spaces are clearly defined since we first started: Walter plays keyboards, vocoder, sequences, Arno plays the drums and whenever we play longer sets, he does a DJ part in the middle of the set.
       
      When writing Cut The Strings, did you find any tried and tested production techniques useful?
      We used some instruments that we didn‘t use for a long time ,  for example an old EMS vocoder which we bought from Ian Stanley a former member of the 80‘s group tears for fears.
      You can hear it on tyrell and of course EMS love.this little box has a very special sound.
       
      How much do you find your methods of producing music evolve with the vast amount of software and plugins available?
      Even if it is so easy nowadays to do a good sound with all the plug inns which are out there ,we‘re always looking for new sounds with a character which can help to improve the trademark sound of Booka Shade.
      Not easy but it‘s worth it.
      It‘s all about challenging yourself and not be stuck in a formula.
       
      How do you both remain resilient and at the top of your game while touring given the long hours and continual amount of work needing to be done to make your performances so memorable?
      We have a pretty good time management, considering we both have families and a lot of obligations aside of music. also, we live a rather healthy lifestyle lately, and it´s incredible how much you can get done in a day and how much more energy you can have even with little sleep.
       
      Looking into your back catalogue, you both have an extensive history as producers under various aliases and in several groups stretching back to the better part of 30 years. Would you ever consider reviving any of the older projects you both worked on together (for example Superstring)?
      Ha ha, you´re digging deep …… well not everything was gold , but having said that, most of the rights from the 90´s should have long fallen back to us, so you never know…. go listen to old demos and releases every now and then and then look for sounds and sequences on old hard drives. you can imagine, there are dozens of old computers and hard drives ...
       
      In the last few years you have set up Blaufield Music. Tell us a little about your label and its functions.
      We had founded the label Get Physical together with our friends M.A.N.D.Y. , DJ T. and Peter Hayo in the early 2000´s and left in 2008, so we needed a new outlet for our music. and every now and then we release songs from friends of ours, for example fellow berliner CHI THANH, who has produced a magnificent remix for Body Language btw).
      Could be that after the summer we´ll release a project of friends of ours from Melbourne.
       
      Within the music industry, you as individuals and collectively as Booka Shade are known for having a great reputation and being highly professional while always remaining humble. Are these qualities you would recommend any DJ, producer or musician should withhold in order to maintain longevity in the scene?
      Absolutely. most people who have been successful over a longer period of time (not just two summers) are very professional, work hard and stay grounded.
       
      Who would you say has inspired you the most musically over the last 30 years?
      Depeche mode, The Cure, New Order, Sven Vath
       
      Do you have any tips as to who is about to blow up in the next couple of years?
      ARTBAT from Ukraine are having a good run atm, look out for them.
       
      Finally, feel free to tell us a fun fact that we wouldn't know about Booka Shade.
      We love gardening in our free time.
       
       
       

       
      Album Pre-order:  https://sweatitout.lnk.to/CutTheStrings
       
      Booka Shade – Australian Tour Dates
      Friday 9th March: Pitch Music & Arts Festival, Mafeking Victoria
      Saturday 10th March: Days Like This, Victoria Park, Sydney
      Sunday 11th March: Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
      Friday 16th March: The Met, Brisbane
      Saturday 17th March: Powerstation, Auckland NZ
      Sunday 18th March: Royal Croquet Club, Adelaide Fringe Festival    
    • Ozclubbers.com.au
      By Ozclubbers.com.au
      It took a while, but Headhunterz finally has 'a new place where the magic happens'. His studio is actually finished and he is proud to show his social media. He even calls it a dream that has become reality. And we can imagine that, because mister Heady is pretty much planning in the brand new Music From Within Studio.
      Right from the moment Headhunterz returned to hardstyle, the Veenendaler threw the door of his old studio behind him. There had to be a new one, in which he could raise Hard With Style to a higher level besides his own productions. This place is now finally realized after a months-long renovation. Headhunterz explained a bit of the veil here, but one of the companies that actually built the studio shows much more. According to the website of one of the builders, the company has "installed an extension in January that allows podcast recordings with multiple participants". View the footage from Headhunterz 'studio here, here, here and here.
      The new Headhunterz studio is finally ready
      Now that the new musical breeding ground is finished, we can secretly look forward to new enjoyment for Headhunterz's ear. In addition to the new mini-album, which will be released this year, he said earlier that he wants to bring his Hard With Style podcast to a 2.0 version. The studio would offer a solution. The last broadcast of HWS was thus even suspended to 2 February. Headhunterz apologized for this, but said that the delay for a good cause is: "It will all make sense very soon."

      The post Dit is de nieuwe studio van Headhunterz is visible on Hard News.
      Source: Hard News
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