I recently came across an article discussing how Swedish DJ and remixer Tim Bergling (AVCII) is a user of snus. I’m a big fan of AVCII (as well as electronic music in general), and when I found out that enjoys snus like me, I thought it was pretty neat! I imagine being a DJ can be stressful at times, and having snus by your side can sometimes make your day that much easier.
We’ve all got our vices. Some of us drink, some gamble, and others, like mega-DJ Avicii opt for a nicotine fix. The 22-year-old Swede, born Tim Bergling, is a devotee of snus — a powdered tobacco originating and widely used in his native Sweden and not to be confused with snuff or dip. “It isn’t really chewing tobacco,” Avicii clarifies, speaking over the phone before a gig in Riccione, Italy. “You don’t have to chew or spit or anything like that. You put it on your upper lip and it doesn’t really drip that much, so it’s kind of like a nicotine patch with tobacco taste. My favorite flavor is called General White.”
The jet-setting “Levels” star is sure to be well-stocked at all times. “When I travel, I try to bring as much as I can,” he says. “I’ll bring like 10 boxes, and when I start running out, my manager orders 10 more to a specific location. So if we’re going to be in Las Vegas in four days we’ll order it there.”
But things don’t always go according to plan. It’s not unprecedented for Avicii to find himself on a wild snus chase. “I’ve gone pretty far [to find snus] before,” he explains. “I’ve been walking around pretty much all of New Orleans during Saint Patty’s Day. All the streets and everything were in chaos and all we could do was walk all over until we found a tobacco store that sold it.”