Monday 20 January 2020

Skrillex pays tribute to Avicii: You will forever remain an inspiration

Skrillex has remembered Avicii and described him as ‘truly a genius and an innovator’.

Avicii performing in Utah in 2013 (Barry Brecheisen/Invision for Park City Live/AP Images)
Avicii performing in Utah in 2013 (Barry Brecheisen/Invision for Park City Live/AP Images)

By Kerri-Ann Roper, Press Association Entertainment Editor

American DJ Skrillex has paid a touching tribute to Swedish superstar Avicii following his death aged 28.

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Skrillex, real name Sonny John Moore, worked with Avicii on the 2011 song Levels, which catapulted Avicii into the mainstream market and later earned him a Grammy nomination.


Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, was found dead in Oman on Friday afternoon.

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In a message on Instagram, Skrillex said: “The remix I did of Levels hasn’t left my set since I made it back in 2011.

“All though we weren’t ‘close friends’ I feel this deep sadness through the connection we had through this song. Tim was a truly a genius and an innovator, yet sensitive and humble.

“This industry can be rough and from a far I saw it take a tole on him. I just wish I could have hugged him more and told him it would be okay.

“You’re music will forever be apart of mine and so many other lives. Maybe that’s the closest thing we have to immortality.

“I really hope you’re essence, wherever it may be in the universe is now at peace.

“And if in some miracle you can see this, I hope you know that as long as human beings are alive on this planet, you will forever remain an inspiration. Thank you Tim. RIP”.

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