Tim Bergling aka Avicii, recently announced he would cease touring from September this year. It came to the world as a shock. But in his upcoming documentary, the decision was obvious. So what is touring life like for a DJ and how do you keep up with it?
Life as a touring DJ is intense. Steve Aoki tours around 277 days a year, doing almost 3 shows each day. Considering the constant travel, drinking, partying and drug abuse, the touring DJ lifestyle will take a toll on anyone. Mental health can take a hit from the constant loneliness and isolation from the constant touring to new countries.
After 5 years of touring, Avicii has had multiple hospitalisations, pancreatis, appendicitis and a burst gallbladder. He has also revealed to start suffering from mental health symptoms.
Carl Cox, Luciano and Seth Troxler have also opened up on the mental health risks and depression that the DJ lifestyle provides in the new documentary “WHY WE DJ – SLAVES TO THE RHYTHM.”
Dubstep and electro afrobeat pioneer Benga took a 2 year sabbatical due to the onset schizophrenia and bipolar disorder masked by heavy drinking and drug use.
Carl Cox, the king of Space Ibiza, has quit smoking, drinking and drugs after a health scare 14 years ago, but still struggles from a lack of sleep.
Deadmau5 and other DJs have revealed to suffer from anxiety and depression from long periods of the loneliness on the road. The list goes on.
Steve Aoki undeniably tours twice as much as any other DJ around. He’s cut drinking, drug use and excess to manage his 3-4 hour sleep cycles. He also naps when he can, eats healthy and meditates frequently to battle the lonely road of touring.
Ben Kiock, one of the greatest techno producers and DJs around, slows down on drinking and excess, eats healthy; he drinks ginger tea rather than using caffeine. Klock pretty much hits the nail on the head when he says, “on tour you are an athlete, not a DJ”.
The moral of the story is to avoid the excess life of EDM. You need to treat your body like a temple, and your mind as a home. The excess will catch up to you, so pace yourself and keep healthy through diet and exercise.
Avicii’s upcoming documentary:
Excess life of touring DJs:
10 days on tour with Ben Klock:
Steve Aoki’s Tips: