Avicii would have turned 31 years old on Sept. 8.
To commemorate this milestone, which lands amidst National Suicide Prevention Week in the United States, SiriusXM’s BPM station will host a week of Avicii-related programming in honor of the superstar producer, who took his own life on April 20, 2018.
Starting Sept. 8, the Avicii Birthday Tribute for Mental Health Awareness will feature a never before heard 2016 Avicii set from Osaka, Japan, along with an exclusive interview with Avicii’s father, Klas Bergling, who will talk about his son Tim’s life and music and the work of the Tim Bergling Foundation in preventing suicide and removing the stigma around mental illness.
“I’ve gotten much more informed after Tim. That’s natural,” Klas Bergling told Billboard in May. “I really didn’t know much about suicide. It’s so complicated and unpredictable regarding what people might potentially be suicidal — that’s almost impossible to see. It’s a very complex problem, but the World Health Organization says almost 800,000 people a year end their lives, and for each of those people, there are 20 more people attempting suicide. So it’s a big global problem, and only 38 countries have preventative national plans to diminish the number of suicides.”
Additional programming on BPM will include music from Avicii throughout the week, along with Tim’s friends and collaborators including Aloe Blacc, Armin van Buuren, Bonn, David Guetta, Joe Janiak, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Nile Rodgers, Rita Ora, Sandro Cavazza, Zak Abel and more sharing stories about Tim, his music and their own experiences with mental illness. The event will also include a rebroadcast of Avicii’s 2013 SiriusXM Town Hall.
“The loss of Tim was personal for me,” Geronimo, SiriusXM’s vice president of dance and EDM programming, said in a statement. “Tim was my friend and like many fans around the world, I was excited to watch his career grow exponentially. I’m honored to work with his father, Klas and his family, to bring awareness to mental health and how asking for help is equally as important. The world has changed so quickly due to the pandemic, so this topic is more crucial now than ever.”
Programming begins at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 13, at 9 p.m. ET. Proceeds will benefit Vibrant Health’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The lifeline provides free and confidential support and resources 24/7.