Drug addiction is an issue that very often affects electronic music artists. It can be due to the fast-paced lifestyle of international touring, a crippling illness that many DJs face alone or in hiding.
Dance music was built on love, unity, respect, and inclusivity. Mixmag is celebrating Black History Month by honoring electronic music's most cherished and revered artists who embraced these founding values.
In the past wearing earplugs in social or professional music environments has to some extent seemed uncool. However, times are a changin' and the next generation of music lovers and makers are much more aware of the dangers of being exposed to loud music for long periods of time. This is thanks to important work by the World Health Organisation, the British Tinnitus Association and dedicated international hearing protection manufacturers like ACS Custom.
Mixmag is focusing on wellness over the month of February, exploring the huge and ongoing issue of touring DJs affected by poor health. There is a prevailing stigma against seeking help and speaking out on problem. As one of the world's biggest electronic acts, with thousands of shows under his belt, Laidback Luke opens up on how he's maintained over years of constant travel, seemingly never-ending performances and life as one big party.
Voyage Dans Le Paysage Électronique Français is a touring exhibition curated by Ben Osborne and Red Gallery that traces the history of electronic music in France from the early experimenters up to the present day.