Swedish music producer Avicii had another controversial year at the Ultra Music Festival this year. Last year you may remember he had Madonna on stage promoting her MDNA album asking everyone if they had seen Molly before he played her dance hit “Girl Gone Wild”. The 2013 Ultra Festival had some country added to the mix. Avicii who is known for catchy house music like the hits “Levels” and “Silhouettes” mixed things up a bi8t with some Nashville twang or what do you think? The video is below.
In a preview of his as-yet-untitled debut album, due this summer, Avicii shared the stage with the country and bluegrass artists Mac Davis, Audra Mae and Dan Tyminski, as well as three members of the alternative band Incubus. It was a set unlike any other at Ultra, which spanned two weekends this year for the first time, featuring seven stages and more than 200 DJ’s
Avicii commented today on Facebook about the country music controversy:
Wow looks like I stirred up some controversy with my set friday night at UMF. Seeing alot of people who dont understand. My full set wasn’t being streamed, only the last 40ish minutes with all new material from my album.
In a 75 minute set, I brought a 15 minute different breakdown with live musicians to a festival with nonstop dance music for 3 days straight 2 weeks in a row . I really wanted to switch things up and do something fun and different, as I always strive for, and this album is about experimentation and about showing the endless possibilities of house and electronic music. Its about how to incorporate acoustic instruments from different styles and influences you wouldn’t expect and still stay true to your own sound and musicality which for me has always been about the melodies and positive energy. I will always produce music that I love and listen to. But my album is certainly not “country”, and people have gotten hung up on an instrument we used for the live cover of a song. Every song on the album is a fusion with house and electronic music.
We wanted to make a statement, and theres really no better place to make one than UMF mainstage. People will soon see what it’s all about.
My music is open to anyone who wants to listen to it and I will always stay true to my sound. Love you all who listen with open hearts and open minds. These past few months Ive been so lucky to have had the chance to work with so many talented artists and to bring them there when I launch the album was amazing and they all did an amazing job.
This was my first time performing with a band and I couldn’t have asked for more a professional team, I really want to thank @MichaelEinziger and his fiancee, @vatoben and @JoseAPasillasII from Incubus, @Aloeblacc, legend @Mac Davis, @audramae and @dantyminskii for joining me on stage.
Here is the Avicii tracklist:
0:03 Plastik Funk & Tujamo – Who?
0:33 Avicii – Levels (Vitzi Old School Intro Bootleg)
1:06 Etta James – Something’s Got A Hold On Me
1:45 Avicii – Levels
5:16 Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc – ID
9:15 Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc – ID
12:46 Avicii feat. Audra Mae – ID
16:30 Avicii – ID (Wildboy) (Working Title)
23:00 Avicii – ID
26:40 Avicii – ID
30:16 Avicii feat. Audra Mae – ID
33:55 Avicii – ID
38:36 Avicii – ID