Late electronic music star Avicii has been working on new music before his unexpected death last week, says Geffen Records executive Neil Jacobson.
A few days after the Swedish DJ was found dead while on a vacation in Muscat, Oman, Jacobson reveals in a new interview that the artist, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was in the process of developing his next album.
Avicii's Best Work
Jacobson has been working with Avicii since the latter's breakthrough single "Levels," a track that earned him his first ever nomination at the Grammy's.
"We were working on it and it was his best music in years, honestly," shares the music executive. "He was so inspired. He was so psyched. We had done a month of grinder sessions. We had to actually put end times on the sessions because Tim would just work for 16 hours straight, which was his nature. You had to pull him out. Like, 'Tim, come on. Go to bed. Get some rest.' ... It's just a tragedy. We have this incredible, magical music."
Jacobson also reveals that the last ever conversation that he had with the electronic music artist last week was about the list of people that Avicii wanted to work with in his next album.
Whether the still-untitled final record will be released and when are only some of the things that Jacobson still has to discuss with the Swedish star's immediate family.
When asked whether Avicii suffered from substance abuse, Jacobson says he has no idea. He adds that he has been around the EDM artist a lot especially in these past few weeks while working on the album, but never saw anything strange.
"He didn't party," Jacobson assures. "He would go to a club to listen to the DJ."
Avicii's Family Releases A Statement
On Sunday, April 22, Avicii's parents and siblings arrived in Muscat to collect the remains of the late artist. In a statement to the press, they expressed their gratitude for the dozens of tributes from around the world.
"We would like to thank you for the support and the loving words about our son and brother," the statement reads. "Thank you for all the initiatives taken to honor Tim, with public gatherings, church bells ringing out his music, tributes at Coachella and moments of silence around the world."
Avicii is expected to be repatriated to his home country of Sweden this week.
As of this writing, the cause of the artist's death has not been released to the public. He has previously suffered from serious health issues including acute pancreatitis that forced him to retire from touring. An autopsy has already been conducted by the local authorities in Oman and they have ruled out the suspicion of foul play.