An EDM legend suffered from a tragic death in the near past. It turned the industry into a depressing downward spiral. Avicii was a mastermind and his death in 2018 was devastating. The out of nowhere experience, the lack of signs took everyone’s breath away. It was also a wake-up call for sure.
Since Avicii’s death, many DJs have been more open about there own mental stability, which is not a joke. Speaking with Dutch publication Het Parool, Martin Garrix says it brought the DJ community closer together.
“It was weird what happened to him, but his death did trigger something in the scene. There is much more awareness that we DJs are just people.”Martin Garrix
The aftermath of Avicii’s death, as mentioned before, is plain to see. Even in other genres of dance music. More are being wary of their mental state and are taking time to let their bodies and minds recover.
Martin Garrix full quote over Avicii
“I was really devastated by his death. I was a good friend of Tim and I often toured with him. That life was not for him, I saw that. His decision to stop concerts must have been difficult, but it was wise. We talked a little less because of that, but I thought he was fine. It was weird what happened to him, but his death did trigger something in the scene. There is much more awareness that we DJs are just people. That also applies to the members of the crew. They also have bizarre working hours.
“After Tim’s death I received not-how-many messages from other DJs: ‘Please Martijn, take it easy.’ DJs and producers have been paying more attention to each other: ‘Are you getting your rest?’ It has brought us closer together.
“Of course the load is not only physical but also mental. It is a bizarre life: one moment you are in front of a hundred thousand cheering people, the other you are in bed on your own. That does something to you. Fortunately, I have a great team. Nowadays my family comes more often and there are almost always childhood friends with me. Nice, but they can also keep an eye on me. “
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