We were all very saddened by the sudden retirement of Avicii from touring. He is one of our favorite artists live. Whenever we would see him headlining a festival or being the headliner of any given night at a nightclub it would bring us great joy. But as we mentioned in our post about this, health is number one. Now Laidback Luke has chimed in with an Op-Ed for Billboard that sheds light on this in a way we couldn’t imagine. We are very thankful for this and hope it opens everyone’s eyes. Here is an excerpt.
“The first few years of heavy touring can have a major impact on a person’s life, health and sanity. DJs on tour average about four hours of sleep per night, and with drinking, afterparties, adulation and everything that comes with it, it’s easy to lose oneself. They make many new friends — at least for the moment — and some find another new friend: alcohol or whichever vice helps them deal with feeling displaced all the time. The pressures of being on the road as a DJ are constant and relentless. Unlike pop, rock or rap, they don’t tour in cycles — they’re always on tour, virtually every week, sometimes every day.”
Read the full article on Billboard.