Avicii decided to give up the touring lifestyle aged 26. Photograph: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images
To combat distance, Corsten takes time to eat breakfast with his daughter via FaceTime, and often shows her to the crowd and vice versa during shows. Shes at an age where shes old enough to understand her fathers career, the Corstens say, but their almost two-year-old son Seb is still too young to feel his absence.
From family to friends to personal matters, touring affects all reaches of a musicians life. But it can be just as rewarding as it is harmful on physical and mental health. I cant imagine going to the same boxed office every day from nine to five, Borgore notes. I think Id go mental.
There are many ways to stay healthy on the road: Aoki meditates, which is a great tool for resetting and finding calmness in chaos, he says. I try to bring all the elements [on the road] that keep me happy and healthy at home in my rider, I have fruits and veggies and protein.
Cameruci practices yoga: Ill put my feet in the grass to ground myself in the location Im in [to adjust to the timezone]. Moby finds 90 minutes a day for exercise no matter what. Exercise, yoga, meditation, diet and sobriety: without those things on tour, Id end up a complete basket case, he says.
One can take excellent care of the brain and the body, but its not always enough to combat tourings daily stressors and temptations. There are distractions on the road and distractions are what keep you from walking in a straight line, says Aoki. Thats where your mental balance gets skewed.
Moby notes the constant pressure, from drugs to upholding an illusion of happiness. Cameruci adds: Its the pressure of the shows itself; its having to be social and entertaining the people around you, having to put on a happy face. It was easier for him and Flosstradamus partner Josh Young in their 20s, he describes, yet now that were getting older, its taxing us.
Its not easy to take a break when theres a demand for your brand and your music. I try to talk sense to whoever is planning our schedule that touring [too much] is not good for us, but its hard for people to empathize with that, admits McGuinness. I felt very proud of Avicii for saying: You know what? This has been great, but I need my life back.
In March, the 26-year-old EDM superstar announced his departure from touring, writing a letter to fans that said: I have too little left for the life of a real person behind the artist. Aviciis decision was a very real reminder of fames darker side it was something I had to do for my health, he told Billboard.
It was almost quite shocking the decision he made to stop but understandable when youre involved in it, McGuinness says. Its an issue for us all.
Aviciis departure from touring was met with more criticism than compassion: Thump wrote an article mocking him, comparing his letter to business studies students whove watched an episode or 10 too many of The Apprentice and have decided that theyll retire at the age of 35 after 14 years at Goldman Sachs.
Its an attitude that points to a problem with acceptance of mental health not only within the DJ community, but within the entire music and touring industry. No one should ever be criticized for taking legitimate steps for self-care, says Moby. I simply am not willing to sacrifice health and wellbeing because ultimately, thats all we have.