April 2, 2013


Avicii Pens Scathing Response to 'GQ' Story & A-Trak Diss

Tim Mosenfelder
Tim Mosenfelder

Avicii is receiving a ton of heat for an April profile story in GQ, which claims the his set list and transitions are pre-planned, and quotes the 24 year old DJ as saying his duty onstage "is mostly volume." EDM all-star A-Track swiftly responded, tweeting, "if you play the same thing every night you're not a DJ" and "it wouldn't hurt to be a bit creative."

Now Avicii has responded to the story and its backlash with a Facebook screed, calling writer Jessica Pressler's GQ piece "truly unfair and incorrect." Read the whole post here; highlights below.

—The DJ calls out Pressler for describing "my fans as douchebags" and "drug addicts.”

—He focuses on Pressler’s claim that he prerecords his sets. Avicii points out, "She describes how I plan my sets only to contradict herself saying I go over my planned time cause I'm having so much fun with my crowd." 

—"I would never lay down a pre-programmed set and perform to a pre-mixed CD," he writes, "I would never cheat my fans like that. Period." 

—He also admits, "the only planning I do is check transitions so that I don't have to pre-program anything."

—Despite the diss days earlier, Avicii shouts out A-Trak, "Some DJs like A-trak, Steve Angello and Laidback Luke are excellent technical DJs, something I will never be, and have a whole different approach to their performances." 

—Avicii hoped the GQ feature would "unveil and communicate the reason for there being so much love within, and how such a great community has risen organically for, this music genre." He blames the writer for the failure. "She failed miserably," he concludes.

Pressler doesn't appear troubled, though. She's retweeting angry responses to the article, like... "Wow do u suck at life. Maybe TMZ is hiring that seems more your quality of journalism" and "Sorry you hate your job."