ACL 2012 Day 1: Avicii
While the Black Lips were crushing the Bud Light stage on Friday night, at the other end of Zilker Park (the AMD stage) a dark rave was taking place. Twenty-three-year-old Swede Tim Bergling (better known as Avicii, the sixth best DJ in the world, according to DJ Magazine in 2011) kept the dark crowd happy and confirmed he knows how to throw a party: whether you were raving, meditating, dancing, or just having fun with the light show coming from the stage (everything else was pitch dark), the kid was ready.
Too bad he didn’t perform my favorite remix of his while I was there.
The original 2004 version of “Malo” (Mean) was written and recorded by Spain’s Bebe, who won a Latin Grammy for the single, and it is far from a “fun” disco record: it is a superb flamenco-pop hymn against domestic violence and pro-women’s lib, and its urgency is intact. Its message is simple: “You are mean/mean/mean/You don’t hurt those you love … You are a fool/fool/fool/don’t think yourself better than women” the battered woman tells her oppressor in the chorus. I’ll paraphrase the end: “I’m tired of your b.s. and I’m not going to take it anymore.”
If you like Avicii’s remix, here’s the video of the original single. — Enrique Lopetegui