Martin Garrix opens up about Avicii's death: 'It has brought DJs closer together'

music news 17/10/2019

Avicii’s death sent shockwaves around the world, and has led to many DJs being more open about cancelling shows or taking time off for the sake of their own health.

Speaking with Dutch publication Het Parool, Martin Garrix believes that through tragedy, Avicii's death has pulled the DJ and producer community together.

“It was weird what happened to him, but his death did trigger something in the scene,” Garrix said. “There is much more awareness that we DJs are just people.”

Several big name DJs have recently announced their decision to step away temporarily, with Flosstradamus, Alison Wonderland, Whethan just a few of the high profile artists taking action.

Read Martin’s full quote about Avicii below.

I was really devastated by his death. I was a good friend of Tim and I often toured with him. That life was not for him, I saw that. His decision to stop concerts must have been difficult, but it was wise. We talked a little less because of that, but I thought he was fine. It was weird what happened to him, but his death did trigger something in the scene. There is much more awareness that we DJs are just people. That also applies to the members of the crew. They also have bizarre working hours.

“After Tim’s death I received not-how-many messages from other DJs: ‘Please Martijn, take it easy.’ DJs and producers have been paying more attention to each other: ‘Are you getting your rest?’ It has brought us closer together.

“Of course the load is not only physical but also mental. It is a bizarre life: one moment you are in front of a hundred thousand cheering people, the other you are in bed on your own. That does something to you. Fortunately I have a great team. Nowadays my family comes more often and there are almost always childhood friends with me. Nice, but they can also keep an eye on me."