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Pete Tong on Avicii: "We weren't supposed to die chasing the dream"

The Radio 1 presenter was speaking at the International Music Summit in Ibiza

  • Dave Turner
  • 23 May 2018
Pete Tong on Avicii: "We weren't supposed to die chasing the dream"

The International Music Summit (IMS) kicked off in Ibiza today and conference co-founder Pete Tong held a keynote on the topic of mental health.

In the talk Tong focused on the death of Avicii, saying "we [DJs] weren't supposed to die chasing the dream."

He also touched on how the producer, who was found dead in Oman last month, was thrown in at the deep end, quickly becoming a superstar without the necessary preparation.

A panel called Our Duty Of Care followed Tong's tribute to Avicii. Christine Brown of Help Musicians UK said: “People in music are three times more likely to suffer from mental illness. That really pushed us into action”.

It was reported yesterday that a posthumous Avicii album is expected to be released soon.

DJs are starting to talk about mental health issues which, in some cases, are caused by social media.

Here's a guide on DJs looking after themselves on tour and how to look after yourself in Ibiza.

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

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