I was exposed to Avicii quite by chance. At the end of 2018, I went on Facebook to check something out and came across a video of a very famous Israeli band called Red Band, which hosts one of Israel’s favorite singers, a singer I have loved since childhood. They performed the song “Hey Brother.”
The video of that Israeli band went viral quickly, garnered hundreds of thousands of views, and was defined as a hit in a short time. I forgot for a moment why I logged into Facebook, especially after listening to the song. It was the first time I heard this song (performed in English) and fell in love with it instead.
The light melody, the way they presented the clip, and the general atmosphere made me want to listen to the song over and over again without getting tired of it. I was sure this was an original song by the band.
A month later, I found out by chance that this is a cover version of a Swedish artist and creator who ended his life, answering the name Tim Bergling, known by the stage name “Avicii”. I was intrigued to hear the original version. I got more information about Avicii, and I was amazed to discover a mainly young, handsome guy with meteoric economic and career success. I liked the first version I heard, performed by the Israeli band.
It always happens to me after I hear a song for the first time, even if it’s a cover version and not the real thing and I like what I listened to the first time, even though I’m not locked and open to hearing more styles. Still, the first performance was subconsciously defined as the original version, even if this is not the case, in this case.
As I continued to dig and discover more Avicii material, I was present to find unique works, often quite recognizable and famous, as if they had always been part of the musical landscape belonging to our world without being able to guess or guess that they belonged to this young and familiar guy.
I was pretty angry at myself for being locked into the old materials of the famous rock songs. Every guitarist…