Avicii to hang up his headphones

Avicii practices waving goodbye (Reuters)
Avicii practices waving goodbye (Reuters)

The lyrics to his most well-known song tell people to wake him up when it's all over -- well, it's time to wake up because Swedish music star Avicii is hanging up his headphones.

The 26-year-old electronic music superstar, real name Tim Bergling, has revealed in a statement on his website he will be taking a long break from touring, following a series of cryptic tweets.

"The music industry will never be the same again," Avicii audaciously announced on Twitter as a prologue to his announcement.

The Grammy-nominated artist was ranked third-best in the world in 2012 and 2013 in DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJs list. Despite these impressive accolades, Avicii insists he is a sensitive "real person" and while he is grateful for the "comforts" his success has "availed" him, it's time to take it easy.

"I know I am blessed to be able to travel all around the world and perform, but I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist," the 'Hey Brother' hitmaker writes in a faux-handwriting, sans-serif font on his website.

"I've become an adult while growing as an artist, I've come to know myself better and realize that there's so much I want to do with my life. I have strong interests in different areas but there's so little time to explore them."

Avicii currently has residencies in Las Vegas and Ibiza. Major gigs he has scheduled for before his hiatus include English electronic music festival Creamfields, Electric Daisy Carnival UK and a concert scheduled for Belfast's Boucher Playing Fields.

The 'Levels' producer provides fans an element of hope in his statement, saying "one part" of him can "never say never".

"I will however never let go of music -- I will continue to speak to my fans through it, but I've decided this 2016 run will be my last tour and last shows.

"I could be back... but I won't be right back."

Whether or not the music industry will ever be the same again remains to be seen.