The Swedish dance producer Avicii exists near the top of the EDM pyramid; he’s popular enough that he can play arenas and have things like this happen. But he’s also trying to figure out ways to reach outside the whole Electric Daisy Carnival scene. He’s had his biggest crossover success with “Wake Me Up,” a song built from an unlikely combination of big-room house and bluegrass, and he also produced Coldplay’s recent single “A Sky Full Of Stars.” So maybe it’s not that surprising that he’s working on what he calls a “rock” album. But what is surprising, and vaguely scary, is who he’s enlisted for it.
In a new Rolling Stone profile, Avicii says that Coldplay frontman Chris Martin will appear on the album, which isn’t really a shock. But the LP will also include Jon Bon Jovi, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, and System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian, so just take a couple of minutes and imagine how those songs are going to sound. And when you wrap your brain around all that, consider that the album may also feature what Rolling Stone calls “a reggae duet between Wyclef Jean and Matisyahu.”
Of that song, Avicii says, “I love it, but I don’t know what to do with it yet.” Here’s an idea: Kill it! Destroy it! Blow it into a thousand pieces and then bury all of those pieces in different oceans! For most of us, life is hard enough already, you know?