Swedish DJ and producer Avicii, who rose to fame with the success of his 2011 Grammy-nominated single “Levels,” announced early Tuesday morning he would retire from touring. In a note on Facebook the 26-year-old artist began by thanking dozens of people he’s worked with — producers, label folk, collaborators, managers, and friends — and the fans who came to see him tour, bought music, and enjoyed themselves at his shows.
Then he writes, “Two weeks ago, I took the time to drive across the U.S. with my friends and team, to just look and see and think about things in a new way. It really helped me realize that I needed to make the change that I’d been struggling with for a while.”
The trip, he says, helped him realize he needs to pull back from touring constantly. “My choices and career have never been driven by material things, although I’m grateful for all the opportunities and comforts my success has availed me. I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist.”
Avicii then revealed 2016 will be the last year he tours: “I will however never let go of music — I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I’ve decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows. Let’s make them go out with a bang!”
He’s performed live consistently since releasing “Levels” and experienced another big breakout in 2013 when “Wake Me Up” hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Last year, Avicii teased that he’ll release a third studio album in 2016.
See his full post here.