If you have turned on the radio, watched TV, or attended a music festival in the last several years you have likely noticed the Electronic Dance Music DJs and producers flooding the market. EDM is the fastest growing mainstream genre in the United States.
"New artists should just be honest. Honesty comes across so clearly and plainly in music as far as when I listen to it. The main thing that rings poorly in a song that I hear is people writing things that they don't really feel, you know, making it up, phoning it in."
As the DJ moves from club booths to festival stages, the equipment has become increasingly varied. And as the lines continue to blur between a DJ who mixes and a producer who presses play, questions of authenticity have been raised.
Not everyone can say they have an audience of millions, or have had the chance to collaborate with David Guetta and Tiesto, or perform in front of millions of people, and drop hit songs that can be heard worldwide. Avicii can, and at 22 years young.
"My charity, "Big Dreams For Kids", was inspired by when I was a little boy. I grew up in an environment where there was a lot of drug dealing and killing, but we still had the positive role models come down and tell us to dream big."
New York is used to seeing rock and folk bands descend on the city for a variety of annual music festivals, but it's not used having some of the worlds most famous electronic DJ's in its realm, all at once.