The morning of April 20th was off to a good start. It was a Friday, the weather was warm (in Indio, California at least), and weekend 2 of Coachella was about to begin. However, just before getting to the festival, news broke that Swedish DJ/producer Avicii
, real name Tim Bergling, had suddenly passed away. Although the cause was unknown, the heartbreak and shock was felt all around the world.
Avicii was only 28 years old and he had already made an enormous footprint in the EDM world, collaborating with the likes of Beyoncé
, and Madonna
. Another musician he frequently wrote with was Nile Rodgers
, and this past weekend at Coachella, we had the opportunity to talk about it with Rodgers himself. Rodgers has had one major career and it seems to only continue. He's collaborated with nearly everyone and he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame just last year, but this was his first time playing Coachella - so the festival was a big deal for him. He was happy about his set with CHIC, but there's no doubt there was a dark metaphorical cloud hanging over the typically sunny Indio desert.
"I was on the plane crying because I got the information just as we were about to take off," Rodgers explained in detail. "He felt like my little brother... I don't give a damn which one of my friends get pissed off: Avicii was the best natural melody writer I have ever met in my life and I've been doing this for 40 years... The amount of music him and I have thrown away is staggering."