Dance Music's New Lord Avicii

The 24-year-old D.J. weaves new sounds into the club scene

"I'm a DJ," says Avicii. "I get the party started." But six years after he started posting tracks online--back then, most people called him Tim Bergling--Avicii's breed of DJ is more icon than everyman. At 24, he's already performed with Madonna, released back-to-back-to-back hit singles (most recently, the bluegrass-tinged "Wake Me Up!") and played six-figure gigs at clubs all over the planet. He's also, alongside elders like Tiësto and David Guetta, one of the biggest forces behind the rise of electronic dance music (EDM), better known as the soaring--or grating, depending on whom you ask--oontz-oontz beats driving new songs from Lady...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!