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DJ reactions and official statement for Avicii's UMF set

00:00 Nov/30/1999

Yesterday, we posted Avicii's mind-boggling set from the 2nd weekend of Ultra. Seems like we weren't the only ones confused by the country and bluegrass influenced tracks the Swede played from his upcoming LP. One of the most discussed mixes of UMF raises the question whether it was a purposful hype-creating move, or just a radical change of direction for the usually uplifting progressive house producer. Among comments like 'find a new career bro' were some people who found the eclectic set excellent.





Twitter DJ reactions were as followed:


What are the similarities and differences between avicii and al walser? Discuss. – Kill The Noise


Avicii doesn’t usually get on my radar: but i been waiting patiently for Rednexx revival: so props to the swede. – Tiga


I just listened to @Avicii’s @ultramusic Festival Main Stage set; did he jump the #EDM shark? – Tommie Sunshine


i only heard a couple of those country-sounding tracks and i really liked them! – Zedd


Hey @Dadalife – @Avicii beat us to the punch on that banjo track! – Morgan Paige




Full statement from Avicii's Facebook page:


"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 wouldnt 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 couldnt 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.
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