Google Doodle honours Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, on his birthday

Google has honoured DJ Tim Bergling by featuring him in its doodle on 8 September, marking Avicii’s 32nd birthday.

Google doodle of DJ Tim Bergling on his 32nd birth anniversary

Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name Avicii, was a Swedish DJ, remixer, record producer, musician, and songwriter who died by suicide on 20 April 2018. This year, his birthday coincides with United State’s National Suicide Prevention Week, so Google has honoured Avicii’s legacy by featuring him in its doodle on 8 September, marking Avicii’s 32nd birthday.


Avicii’s video doodle has been illustrated by doodlers Alyssa Winans, Olivia When, and Sophie Diao. The doodle consists of illustrations of Avicii’s life set to one of his iconic songs, ‘Wake Me Up’. These illustrations depict a few symbolic moments to allude to some of the more emotionally challenging experiences of his life.


Tim Bergling was born to a family of creatives in Stockholm, Sweden. He had brilliant taste in music since his childhood, and at the age of 16, he was mixing tunes in his bedroom and began writing uplifting, melodic electronic music soon after.

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He was among the first few artists to promote electronic music to mainstream global success, and in 2011 he released ‘Levels’, the dance anthem. ‘Levels’ became one of the first electronic music tracks to climb the Pop charts.

Tim Bergling’s Father Reacts on Google’s Doodle

The doodle blog cites Klas Bergling, Avicii’s father, “The Doodle is fantastic, my family and I feel honoured, and Tim would have been very proud and love it. It is a friendly and warm story of a young man fulfilling his dream to be a DJ and at the same time telling us that our journey in life is not always easy despite fame and fortune.”

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Tim Bergling garnered a lot of significant music awards throughout his career. He was awarded Swedish Grammis Awards for Best Innovator (2012) and Best Artist (2014), as well as a World Music Award for Best Electronic Dance Artist (2014). In the US, he was nominated for several Grammys and won the American Music Award for Electronic Dance Music Artists (2013), the Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Song (2014), and the MTV Music Award for Best Dance Music Video (2018).


Avicii was leading a very successful career; however, he struggled with his mental health for years and unfortunately died by suicide at the young age of 28.


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