While we tend to agree with Nick Thayer that Avicii has a massive set of stones for premiering his album the way he did, prime time on the Ultra Music Festival, you already know that loads of fellow Internets panned his performance and sound. Avicii isn't one to stay silent, and released the following statement on the performance via twitter:
Wow. Looks like I stirred up some controversy with my set friday night at UMF. Seeing alot of people feedback who dont understand. My full set wasn't being streamed, only the last 40ish minutes with all new material from my album.
In a 75 minute set, I brought a 15 minute different breakdown with live musicians to a festival with nonstop dance music for 3 days straight 2 weeks in a row . I really wanted to switch things up and do something fun and different, as I always strive for, and this album is about experimentation and about showing the endless possibilities of house and electronic music. Its about how to incorporate acoustic instruments from different styles and influences you wouldnt expect and still stay true to your own sound and musicality which for me has always been about the melodies and positive energy. I will always produce music that I love and listen to. But my album is certainly not "country", and people have gotten hung up on an instrument we used for the live cover of a song. Every song on the album is a fusion with house and electronic music.
We wanted to make a statement, and theres really no better place to make one than UMF mainstage. People will soon see what it's all about.
My music is open to anyone who wants to listen to it and I will always stay true to my sound. Love you all who listen with open hearts and open minds. These past few months Ive been so lucky to have had the chance to work with so many talented artists and to bring them there when I launch the album was amazing and they all did an amazing job.
This was my first time performing with a band and I couldnt have asked for more a professional team, I really want to thank @MichaelEinziger and his fiancee, @vatoben and @JoseAPasillasII from Incubus, @Aloeblacc, legend @Mac Davis, @audramae and @dantyminskii for joining me on stage.
So there you have it. He's saying his album isn't country. We'll have to wait and see what the album versions of the tracks sound like, whenever they're made available for preview/purchase. At least he spoke his mind.