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We chat to one of the world's finest dance producers
Avicii has worked with everyone from Madonna and David Guetta to Leona Lewis and Lenny Kravitz.
He is one of most respected DJ's, regularly touring the globe to bring his infectious dancefloor beats to the masses.
We caught up with the main man himself to chat all about life on the road and his future plans. Can we expect any other big collaborations? Or is he going to be all shy and guarded when it comes to revealing any future surprises?
Read on for our exclusive Orange Monkey interview with Avicci.
Youve performed all over the world - where are your favourite places to visit?
Well North America is where I'm touring most of the time, and I love it there because it's the place where I first really had a lot of success, but - in terms of new and interesting places to visit - I would have to say Asia. I did a big tour over there at the end of last year, places like Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok and all over India, and it was a great travel experience.
Do you get much time to explore all these different countries and cities or is it all hard work?
Unfortunately, not much time to be honest. Im usually either playing, in transit or trying to catch up on sleep or emails. In Asia I tried a few days off though which was super appreciated.
What has been your favourite set or performance to date?
I would say it was back in March of this year when I headlined the main stage of Ultra Music Festival in Miami with Madonna. Shes one of the biggest pop dance stars in the world and sharing a stage with her was an amazing experience.
What makes a good dance/pop crossover song?
I believe it's all in the melody. A good melody can be translated across genres and still be infectious to listeners regardless of general preference.
How do you chose who you work with does there have to be a connection?
Me and my manager Ash get approached very often regarding different collaborations but it needs to feel 100% right before we commit to something. The last two collaborations, the one with Madonna and the one with Lenny Kravitz were two great opportunities with two such great artists and two great songs.
Have you ever really wanted to work with someone but youve met them and it just didnt work?
No, not really, thankfully its always worked out well so far.
Who would you love to work with in the future?
Either Chris Martin or Adele. Both such talented artists and I love their work.
Do you enjoy being on Twitter and being able to connect directly with fans?
Yeah I love Twitter - whether it's to interact with my fans, or to keep in touch with my friends on the road. In periods, however, I don't have as much time as I would wish for it.
Youve got one UK & one Ireland arena date coming up this Summer, what can we expect? And, do you prefer the indoor arenas or the outdoor festivals?
Well Ive never actually played a solo show in the UK or Ireland before. I supported Tiesto at his massive gig in Victoria Park a couple of years ago but never my own show. To come to London and Dublin for the first time and play arenas two of the most prestigious venues in the world is something I'm seriously looking forward to!
What else does 2012 hold for Avicii?
Loads of touring, as much time in the studio as possible and a couple of nice surprises that I can't let on right now.