Learning From Loss

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Pete Tong speaks about the death of Avicii, and he makes points I never would have considered:

Veteran club DJ Pete Tong has called for more emotional support for artists and DJs working in electronic music.

Speaking at the annual International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza, Pete called Avicii - who died aged 28 in April "one of the most talented and successful artists of his generation".

"The warp factor speed of his breakthrough fueled by the adrenaline rush and global connectivity of social media ensured that Tim’s feet never touched the ground," said Pete.

"Tim had no training, there was no apprenticeship...He’d not even had a proper job."

Pete called the Avicii - whose name was Tom Bergling - story "unique - it's the perfect storm in the sense that few will ever be that young and that talented, making the right music, at precisely the time when a world wide musical movement is about to explode."

He added: "Given they way it turned out I hope we never see it again - BUT his death has put the spotlight firmly back on our profession - The Life of a DJ ".

The article goes on to explain that the Electronic Music industry doesn't really have any kind of support network or infrastructure for artists who need help or suffer from a litany of problems related to being successful in their field. There's a real lack of awareness for communities that exist on the fringe. I suppose you could say this about any number of musical genres or fields of artistic endeavor, but what caught my attention was that this wasn't really an idea that was explored when the death of this artist was announced. He was young, he was talented, he was an innovator but he was "troubled" and that's why he died.

Well, don't tell me he had troubles. Tell me what could have been done to help him and save him and keep him around.