OnMarch 26th, 1874, in San Francisco, California, an artist destinedfor greatness was born. This child would eventually grow into one of the mostmemorable and celebrated poets of all time. His name was Robert Frost. Halfwayaround the world and 115 years later, a boy with similar gifts and ideals cameinto this world. On September 8, 1989, in Stockholm, Sweden, Tim Bergling, betterknown by his stage name “Avicii,” was born.
While Tim is best known for hispulsing electronic dance music that captivates entire arenas, Robert writespoetry with a flowing grace that carries readers into another dimension.Although their births are more than century apart, their inspiration and workcoincide in the same realm. Both Tim and Robert derive inspiration from thenature around them. From a broad perspective, poetry and electronic dance musicdo not have any similar parts: they seem to be on opposite sides of the artspectrum. Where they do match is within the artists themselves. In this case,the inspiration of the artist is what brings both Avicii and Robert Frosttogether. Growing up in Sweden, Tim Berglinghad no shortage of inspiration. From the natural fjords, to the toweringsnow-capped mountains, the Scandinavian countries have long been known for theirnatural beauty.
During his early years, Tim would spend his time fishing,hiking, and skiing, always immersing himself in nature. By the age of 18 Timslipped away from these activities and began to spend more and more time infront his laptop producing remixes and original songs on the FL Studioapplication. In an interview with Maxumi,Tim Bergling discusses how he became acquainted with music production: Aviciibroke into the popular electronic dance music scene in 2010, with his originalsong “Bromance,” which charted in multiple countries. In 2012, he became one ofthe world’s best DJs and record producers (ranked at #3 by DJMAG). During his rise to fame, the majority of his original songsfeatured stereotypical electronic sounds including saw-tooth synthesizers andelectronic drum kits. In 2013, Avicii made his way back towards his acousticand natural roots, when he released the song “Wake Me Up,” which featuresacoustic guitars and drum sets. In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Avicii describes why switched fromelectronic dance music to a more acoustic music genre: Clearly,Avicii has a wholesome approach to music and not the commercialized world thatsurrounds it. This interview shows that the money and the fame is not whatinspires Avicii, but rather the music itself that inspires him.
In 2016, these feelings pushedAvicii to retire from touring in order to find himself and to connect back withhis outdoor roots. Since his final show, one can find Avicii exploring manyparts of the world, with one trip specifically taking him into the heart of theAmazonian jungle to find inspiration for his newest album, “Avici.” On Avicii’ssocial media accounts there are countless pictures of nature reserves both inAmerica and overseas. This dedication to the outdoors displays the inspirationthat Avicii receives from nature and the natural world. Crossing over to a whole new styleof art, Robert Frost spent most of his early life in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
His family was forced to uproot their lives in San Francisco and move acrossthe country with his grandfather William Frost Sr. Growing up in Lawrence,Robert was exposed to much of the beauty of the north-eastern states. This isreflected directly in his poetry as the majority of his poetry revolves aroundnature.
An excerpt from a 1966 LA Timesarticle describes Frost’s early life: Robert’scompetitive nature shown in this excerpt, pushed him to become the best poet hecould be. This quest began as Robert started to write poetry during his highschool career publishing multiple poems in his school’s newspaper, and eventuallypublished his first poem professionally in 1894. One year later in 1895, Robertproposed to Elinor White, who he subsequently married. As a gift for theirmarriage, Robert’s grandfather bought them a farm in Derry, New Hampshire. Itwas there that Robert Frost would write many of the nature poems that he wouldone day become famous for.
Both Avicii and Robert Frost, havehad lives immersed in nature. It is within these experiences that both Tim andRobert derive their inspiration. On one hand Robert Frost is very direct withthis inspiration, writing a multitude of poems on the topic of nature. In anexcerpt from the poem Birches, RobertFrost describes the image and motion of birches and creates a beautiful imageof a snowy forest scene: Inthis excerpt, Frost’s time and experience in nature influences his ability todepict the elegant presence of birches and the forest-life around them. This isa pure example of how nature directly influenced the work of Robert Frost. On the other hand, Avicii keeps hisinspiration discrete within the songs that he writes and produces.
Often times,the music itself has absolutely no relation to the natural world. For the mostpart, lyrics to Avicii’s revolve around the human heart and human experiences.Usually, you will see his inspiration within his album artwork. One example ofthis is the cover to “Avici” which depicts a gold tree surrounded in alldirections by mountains. This beautiful album cover shows the relationship thatAvicii has with nature within his heart, as he dedicates his newest album coverto nature itself.
In addition, many of the videos for Tim Bergling’s songsdepict nature scenes. Specifically, the lyric video for the song “Wake Me Up”depicts multiple picturesque scenes of mountains, fields, and rivers. From hisalbum artwork and music videos, Avicii allows his audience to see hisinfluence. Even though at a glance it seemsquite obvious that both Robert Frost and Avicii are influenced by nature, RobertFrost is also influenced by his depression and his life struggles. Inan excerpt from World Literature Today,a description of Frost’s hardship is described: Thisexcerpt shows the audience how Frost struggled with hardship after hardship.
Itwas times like these that inspired Frost to escape to his poetry to write trulymasterful pieces. From Tupac, to Picasso, to Avicii,to Robert Frost, there is inspiration behind every artist’s art. In the case ofAvicii and Robert Frost, there is an overlap in their inspiration: they areboth inspired by nature. Whether Avicii is trekking through the jungles ofPeru, or Robert Frost is spending time on his farm observing nature, artistswill always find a way to inspire themselves. Looking into the lives of Aviciiand Robert Frost, no one would guess that two extremely different individualswould have very similar inspirations.