Avicii rocked the music world with his announcement yesterday that he was retiring from the world of DJing and becoming a hermit in the studio. One piece of news that slipped under the radar and will conveniently become part of the post-live touring Avicii era is a new Stories documentary that the BBC just acquired the rights to from the True DJ.
The documentary follows Avicii's life from his early beginnings posting tracks online in forums all the way to his chart-topping, global radio takeovers as a household name. The doc shows him in different lights from mega-shows in Stockholm in front of 80,000 people down to more intimate interviews where he gets personal on the illnesses that have plagued him over the years.
Salim Mukaddam, Director of Music, BBC Worldwide said in a statement, "[Avicii's] hits have gone gold and platinum in 25 countries, but little is known about the man behind the music. This film promises to give fans and music lovers an insight into the unbelievable world of a superstar artist, from the highs of playing to packed stadiums around the world to the lows of illness and struggling to get back to the stage. We are very excited to see the finished project later this year."
This retirement of sorts follows a similar arc as Swedish House Mafia who announced their retirement as a group and then released a documentary about their final ride together.
"The very unique footage will give an extraordinary look into Tim's world as the artist Avicii. The very talented director, Levan, is spending an enormously amount of time with Tim, and the access to the - normally - so anonymous artist is giving a rare insight in the life of a super star,'' said Daniel Zackrisson, Executive Producer, Sveriges Television about the film.
No word on when the film will be officially released to public or in the U.S., but it will hopefully be later this year.
The film will be premiered in Cannes next month.