Dark sides of DJ life: suicide, exhaustion and depression (Part 2)
Exhaustion: inevitable aftermath of permanent insomnia and malnutrition
DJ Laidback Luke said, in his life, he has experienced “burnout” twice. As a man, he had never thought that could ever happen to him. However, after half a year or one year of eating poorly and lacking sleep, he eventually reached his limit and stayed bedridden for 2 weeks. Things were even worse as his mind was tortured by anxiety disorder.
Laidback Luke and Avicii in a gig. Photo: Business Insider.
The shocking suicide of Avicii as well as Hardwell's retirement led Luke to realize "my pace is still too fast" and had better slow it down. Avicii was the student Luke loved so much that the young DJ’s death terribly shocked him. He is still obsessed by Avicii's exhausted smile after a night out in 2015.
Alcohol and drugs are just what people normally see
Manager Olga Hejins also admitted that alcohol and drugs are parts of nightlife, which DJs always experience and then may become dependent on. Last month, rapper Mac Miller died at the age of 26 because of drug overdose.
The overuse of alcohol or drug is actually a sign that an artist is trying to run away from his serious psychological problems such as anxiety and depression. The reason is that these things can help them temporarily forget the stressful life.
"DJs need to have a union where people look after our schedules, time zones, travel," Laidback Luke suggested. "There should actually be guidelines on what the maximum amount of flights are that a DJ should take, like ‘you can only do four shows at a time.’ Flight attendants or any other type of job have one." Luke also revealed that he took more than 200 flights in 2017.
Luke has been determined to live a slower life by reducing the amount of time spent on social networking sites. "I used to say, whenever I’m on vacation, keep on emailing me, but I can’t do it anymore,” the famous DJ said. He is now spending a full day off every week, not checking his Twitter or Instagram.
Audience at an outdoor concert. Photo: Wireless Festival.
For a long time, he has realized that social network is a poison for mental health. Instagram is the place where people present the best of their lives, which makes other people think "I am nobody, my life is nothing, everyone is happier."
Last year, a study concluded that Instagram was the worst social networking site based on its negative impacts on users’ mental health. The problem is, most artists, who want to keep their careers going on, are (or have to be) active on this site where most ironic and malicious comments in the world are being thrown at them every hour.
By: Chris Stewart