On July 23rd, English record producer Daniel Stein, better known as DJ Fresh, turned to his Facebook page to tell his fans that he would no longer be touring as of January of next year. He was recently diagnosed with cancer and explains that he needs to focus on his health. He has been public about his health on his Facebook page. DJ Fresh went on to offer a scathing critique of the industry as a whole.
“I cannot continue to be part of this industry. I hate everything about it. It’s fake, soul destroying and promotes everything BUT experimentation and heartfelt emotion (which is what music means to me)”
He goes on to say that his decision has nothing to do with his record label, and pays tribute to his former project, Bad Company. Though his words are strong, people seem only supportive of his decision. There seems to be a developing trend of DJs leaving touring. Earlier in 2016, we saw Avicii announce his own retirement from touring, while Sound Remedy did the same shortly after DJ Fresh.
For Avicii the final decision came weeks before he made his announcement, made while he had the opportunity to drive across the U.S. In his letter he noted how he needed to make some changes, and his travels made him see them. Last year saw him hospitalized for some serious health reasons, so it came as little surprise to many. He too will finish out his current tour, and be done in January of next year.
Though Sound Remedy does not go into why exactly he is choosing to leave, his send off is beautiful. With thanks and kind words to his fans, family and people in the industry. Sound Remedy finishes his announcement with some incredibly helpful advice for young producers.
All three producers have commented on the industry and scene. Though DJ Fresh has opened up more about what runs the music scene, Avicii has said that what surrounds the music and shows are not for him. While Sound Remedy mentions the importance of staying free, not signing contracts and the power of who you surround yourself with.
All in all, it makes for a curious trend in 2016, where three separate artists have permanently called it quits on touring. It could very well be that the rigors of a DJ’s touring schedule are finally catching up with the industry, often putting an artist on the road for hundreds of dates a year. Whatever the reason, it takes courage to stand up for what you believe in and step away from something that was once your life. We only wish the best for all three producers.