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Erick Morillo opens up about ketamine addiction

The DJ spoke to Pete Tong at IMS Ibiza

  • Dave Turner
  • 26 May 2016

Erick Morillo's addiction to ketamine got so bad that he nearly lost his arm.

Speaking with Pete Tong at IMS Ibiza earlier today, the DJ opened up about his problems with alcohol and drugs, revealing that things got really "ugly" when he started to inject ketamine.

Tong questioned Morillo about almost losing his arm, to which he responded: "I did actually. I have a nice scar that, funnily enough, looks like my company logo.

"At one point, I couldn't even urinate. Every time I tried, it would be stuck and the pain meant I had to go to hospital where they put me to sleep. When I woke up, they had slashed some of my arm off because it was so infected from putting ketamine in it."

Younger DJs coming through and achieving success had a substantial effect on his mental state, setting him on the road to addiction.

"My ego couldn’t take that I wasn’t the top dog anymore. That’s when things started to unravel."

Alcohol was another of his vices, saying it got so bad "I wasn't talking to anybody and I didn't want anybody to see me."

He also spoke of his three visits to rehab and discussed his lowest points, including being arrested three times, being banned from British Airways for "leaving something in the bathroom" and losing the "love of my life", whom he got divorced from after a short-lived marriage.

Head to the IMS Twitter feed for more quotes and watch a video of the talk below.

Dave Turner is Mixmag's Digital News Editor, follow him on Twitter

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