Superstar DJ and producer Avicii, aka Tim Bergling, announced ‘Avicii x You’ – a collaborative project urging fans and producers from all corners of the world to create and submit the beats and sounds that will turn into his next hit track, due out February 26 in the US via Casablanca Records. ‘Avicii x You’ is set to be an electronic music journey to remember and aspiring participants will be able to upload their sounds and enter the collaboration by submitting their work here, until February 13th.
The artist and all other royalty participants in the final track have agreed to donate their royalties to the charity foundation, House For Hunger. House For Hunger was founded in 2011 by Avicii and Ash Pournouri to fight the constantly growing hunger problem worldwide. The organization kicked off in early 2012 with a massive US Avicii tour enabling Avicii and Ash Pournouri to personally donate $1,000,000 to Feeding America.
The collaboration project will be run in five stages and last for six weeks. Each week, artists will be able to join the collaboration by creating and uploading samples based on specific themes determined by Avicii. This single follows the success of Avicii vs Nicky Romero’s current single “I Could Be The One,” which is also available via Casablanca.
Avicii will act as executive producer, curating sounds like the baseline, effects, melody, rhythm, and vocals. Avicii will then pick his three favorite contributions on a weekly basis and put these samples up for a public vote. Once all the sounds have been selected, Avicii will start producing the track with all the beats, which is to be premiered on February 26, 2013.
“My main ambition with this project is to create a large, worldwide music collaboration. It will be incredibly cool to create a house piece out of so many talented artists’ different ideas,” says Avicii.
“With the ‘Avicii x You’ project we are trying again to shift a paradigm and for it to become another ‘first’ using today’s possibilities through social technology. As usual, we hope to raise awareness not only for Avicii being an amazing producer, but also for the electronic dance music scene and how song producing is not exclusive to only trained musicians. It’s a world-inspiring, community-engaging and fun project,” says Ash Pournouri, Avicii’s business manager and producer in his own rights.
‘Avicii x You’ is made possible by the constantly evolving digital society, where new ways of working creatively across borders are allowed to emerge. Here, creation is not done individually, but rather collaboratively – as a shared process between people from all around the globe. The partners behind the project are At Night Management, telecom technology and services provider Ericsson and Universal Music.
The creative process will be documented on camera, and those videos will be premiered throughout the project across VEVO. The world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform will make all videos available on VEVO.com as well as its mobile and tablet apps and recently launched Xbox and Roku channels.
Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as “one of the Princes of the contemporary renaissance of EDM,” Grammy-nominated Avicii – born Tim Bergling – is best known for his acclaimed live performances and for his international mega-hit ‘Levels’: The hit which conquered club charts worldwide, racked up over 50 million YouTube views, and was declared David Guetta’s “Tune of 2011” in DJ Mag. He was recently ranked as the second-most influential under-30 person in music by Forbes magazine.
Following an intense and prolific touring schedule as well as the worldwide release of his summer smash hit ‘Silhouettes,’ the Swede soared to #3 in the 2012 DJ Mag poll listing the Top 100 DJs – this, after just three years as a performing artist.
In 2012 alone, Avicii has headlined festivals such as Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Lollapallooza, as well as having his first summer residency at Ushuaïa Beach Hotel in Ibiza smashing the party island to smithereens. Avicii is also one of the genre’s most sought after samplers and collaborators. His ‘Superlove’ collaboration with Lenny Kravitz, and remix of Madonna’s ‘Girls Gone Wild,’ are among the most acclaimed tracks of this year.