Aloe Blacc has revealed his ‘very emotional’ experience recording new music the late DJ – Avicii’s new posthumous album.
The American soul singer, who co-wrote Avicii’s 2013 hit Wake Me Up, is featured on the song SOS, which is the lead single from the late musician’s new posthumous album, Tim.
Speaking to 10 Daily this week, Aloe said he felt Avicii’s spirit throughout the entire recording process.
‘I did an interview at Westlake Studios [in Los Angeles] recently, where I felt [Avicii] was present. I chose the location because it’s where we first met,’ he said.
Aloe said the interviewer was disturbed after the room’s door suddenly slammed shut when they mentioned Avicii’s name.
‘The interviewer said it was creepy, but I thought it was a nice sign of Tim’s presence throughout this entire process of bringing his music to the world.’
Aloe’s name was allegedly written in a note left by Avicii, as the preferred singer for the song.
‘I feel like Tim was really trying to give himself and others who struggle with mental illness and addiction the courage and the words to ask for help,’ he said.
In a behind-the-scenes special for the song, uploaded to Vevo, Aloe said that the song gives fans an inside look into Avicii’s mindset at the time.
According to Avicii’s co-songwriters and co-producers, Albin Nedler, and Kristoffer Fogelmark, most of the album was completed before his passing.
Avicii, born Tim Bergling, was just 28 when he died near Muscat, Oman in April last year.
He allegedly had battled drug and alcohol addiction along with mental health issues.
In a statement released by his family at the time, they said that Avicii ‘really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness’ and ‘he could not go on any longer’.
They have since gone on to create The Tim Bergling Foundation, which helps with mental health support.
Avicii’s album, Tim, will be released by his family in June, to mark a year since his death.