Grammy nominated Swedish musician Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, has had one of the most incredible musical runs in recent years. From 2011 to 2017 he released multiple singles that topped the charts in multiple countries and garnered various certifications all over Europe the USA and Australia.
His smash single Wake Me Up has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide, making it one of the highest selling singles of all time. His single Levels has sold 5 million copies and is also included on that list.
Avicii started releasing music aggressively between 2009 and 2010 and ended up signing a publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing in the last quarter of 2010. In 2011 he released Levels which thrust him into stardom. He helped popularize sampling of country and western records in house music.
He has collaborated with artists such as Wyclef Jean, Otto Knows, Santana, David Guetta and Leona Lewis. To date, he has released 2 studio albums, 4 EPs and 44 singles. He has also starred in a documentary about himself titled Avicii: True Stories and has taken part in various festivals and tours, including his Stories World Tour during which he performed on 6 continents (excluding Antarctica).
Many of his biggest hits are built around an old western/blues/gospel style vocal sample which plays in various parts of the track. This formula proved very successful for him and he maintained it for the most part even though that’s not the only type of music he could make.
FL Studio is at the heart of Avicii’s production setup. He has a huge library of software plugins including Nexus 2, Sylenth, 4Front TruePianos, Audiobro LA Scoring Strings, Cakewalk Z3TA+, Native Instruments Massive, Native Instruments Kontakt 5 and many more. He uses both native FL Studio effects such as the Fruity Delay Bank as well as non-native effects such as the Kjaerhus Audio Classic Master Limiter.
On the hardware side, he uses an Akai MPK49, RME Babyface audio interface, M-Audio Keystation 88es MIDI controller, a TK Audio BC1 MK2 compressor and various other pieces of gear.