Carnage is taking a break from the music industry

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Carnage has announced he’s taking a break from the music industry in an Instagram post, citing his mental and physical health as reasons for the respite. He was set to embark on the 12-day Unusual Suspects Tour as a supporting act alongside Smokepurpp, with Gucci Mane headlining the endeavor.

After releasing his second studio album Battered Bruised & Bloody, featuring big names such as the late Mac Miller, as well as Lil Pump, Lil B, Steve Aoki, Migos and more, Carnage’s 2018 has also been filled with a jam-packed tour schedule of performances filled with high-intensity party surroundings.

In the post, “Thirty Rack” mentioned, “having close friends pass due to this stuff really scares the fuck out of me,” likely alluding to Avicii and the more recently deceased Miller: both fellow collaborators of his. Carnage disclosed that his therapist and doctor recommended he take time off, and the break is simply a warranted recharge.

 

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Honest self-reflection opens your mind to reprogramming, change, success and freedom.

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Illenium partners with NV Concepts to promote suicide awareness, raise money for Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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An increasing number of artists within the music industry are addressing the topic of mental health with transparency. Kygo partnered with To Write Love On Her Arms’ Tomorrow Needs You campaign in September in an effort to augment mental health awareness and raise funds for treatment and recovery for those who struggle with thoughts of suicide. Kygo’s alliance with Tomorrow Needs You coincided with National Suicide Prevention Week, which spanned September 9-15 this year. Illenium is the latest artist to join the initiative to promote suicide awareness, in his newly formed union with NV Concepts.

Together, Illenium and NV Concepts seek to simultaneously combat suicide and collect money for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Illenium took to Facebook to inform fans of his involvement with NV Concepts, and to ask fans to film and share 15-second videos detailing their experiences with depression. “It’s important to come together and know that you are not alone no matter how hard life can get,” Illenium said of the goal behind his campaign with NV Concepts, and the fan videos. In a play off of the word of his sophomore studio album, Awake, Illenium prompts fans to “explain what [their] reason for being awake is,” or in other words, “what keeps [fans] going in life, [and] why [they] stay positive.”

NV Concepts has agreed donate one-dollar to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline for each video uploaded to Instagram. Illenium encourages those who would like to participate to hashtag their videos #Awake, and to also tag both @Illeniummusic and @NVConcepts.

Illenium partners with NV Concepts to promote suicide awareness, raise money for Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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An increasing number of artists within the music industry are addressing the topic of mental health with transparency. Kygo partnered with To Write Love On Her Arms’ Tomorrow Needs You campaign in September in an effort to augment mental health awareness and raise funds for treatment and recovery for those who struggle with thoughts of suicide. Kygo’s alliance with Tomorrow Needs You coincided with National Suicide Prevention Week, which spanned September 9-15 this year. Illenium is the latest artist to join the initiative to promote suicide awareness, in his newly formed union with NV Concepts.

Together, Illenium and NV Concepts seek to simultaneously combat suicide and collect money for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Illenium took to Facebook to inform fans of his involvement with NV Concepts, and to ask fans to film and share 15-second videos detailing their experiences with depression. “It’s important to come together and know that you are not alone no matter how hard life can get,” Illenium said of the goal behind his campaign with NV Concepts, and the fan videos. In a play off of the word of his sophomore studio album, Awake, Illenium prompts fans to “explain what [their] reason for being awake is,” or in other words, “what keeps [fans] going in life, [and] why [they] stay positive.”

NV Concepts has agreed donate one-dollar to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline for each video uploaded to Instagram. Illenium encourages those who would like to participate to hashtag their videos #Awake, and to also tag both @Illeniummusic and @NVConcepts.

Selena Gomez seeks mental health treatment after ’emotional breakdown’

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Selena Gomez is undergoing mental health treatment after suffering what’s being described as an “emotional breakdown.” The singer has been hospitalized multiple times over in recent with complications stemming from her 2015 lupus diagnosis, and was admitted previously this September for dangerously low white blood cell counts. Gomez is now believed to be undergoing mental health care in an east coast facility.

Gomez had been largely silent after announcing on Instagram that she would be taking a break from social media. The pop star’s mental and physical health battles have been well documented, including a 2014 rehab stint for addiction and multiple breaks from the public eye to deal with her physical and mental health. The singer is the latest in an ever-increasing string of stars seeking treatment, as mental health issues like anxiety and depression continue to rise to the forefront in the music world.

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deadmau5 to take indefinite hiatus

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deadmau5 is going offline indefinitely, per a statement posted to Twitter.

He acknowledged his longtime struggle with mental health had taken a toll on him to fans, indicating issues had magnified over “the past several years” and a guilty feeling over not realizing his label’s vision. At the beginning and end of his note, deadmau5 offered an apology to those he’d offended in the past with unfiltered comments that he admitted were offensive. These two items are what ultimately led to his decision to “go off the radar and taking time necessary to work on myself.”

It’s unclear if by “going off the radar,” deadmau5 meant be taking a break from social media only, or his career/pursuits in general. He simply advised he’d be seeking professional help to aid him in his mission to become a better person. This departure follows up one where similar issues were cited in 2015.

 

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Study says music industry workers are subject to inordinately high levels of stress

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A new study conducted by Skiddle concluded that much like musicians active in the music industry, industry workers are also susceptible to unusually elevated levels of stress. Eighty-two percent of those surveyed who hold jobs in the music industry reported “continuous levels of stress.” Skiddle’s study surveyed more than 500 industry staff members who hold a number of different positions, ranging from venue operators and event organizers to promoters. Forty-seven percent stated that their work in the music industry prompted “constant” feelings of anxiety and sadness.

Anxiety and depression were prevalent among study participants: 67 percent of respondents attested to feeling anxious, while 40percent said that they had experienced depression. Another 10 percent of employees indicated that they had begun to present symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as a direct result of their job. At 65 percent, more than half of promoters cited an “intense and unmanageable level of pressure,” due in part to concerns regarding an unstable and unpredictable regular income, and a general “lack of support.”

Skiddle’s findings echo those of Help Musicians UK’s 2017 study, in which the independent charity for musicians in the UK determined that artists may be up to three times more likely to suffer from depression as compared to the general public. The first phase of the study sought to survey musicians, focusing on their working conditions in relation to their overall mental well-being via an industry-wide survey that recorded responses from a total of 2,211 artists. As Skiddle and Help Musicians UK’s research collectively illustrates, careers within the music industry, whether as a musician or otherwise, can subject working individuals to accentuated stress levels that differ in intensity from those induced by positions in other industries or fields. The respective reports collaboratively underscore an ensuing need for mental health awareness, given the pressures of the music industry’s characteristically fast pace.

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Ekali speaks out against homophobia, comes out to fans as bisexual

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Ekali has been spreading his truth on Twitter. Recently, he spoke out against homophobia, letting his followers know he’s bisexual and to stop the hateful, gay rhetoric. Alison Wonderland, Y2k, Chet Porter, Hotel Garuda responded in support.

Adding to messages that obviously come directly from the producer’s fingertips, Ekali also recently come out with his epileptic phenomena, speaking out against micro-aggressions online on behalf of mental health.

As his tweets go, so do his thoughts, as the prolific producer tweeted his segue back to what he does for a living. He’s releasing a song next week, perhaps off his upcoming Crystal Eyes EP. The producer from Vancouver, Canada is heading off on a packed North America tour of the same name in October with collaborators 1788-L and SLUMBERJACK.

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Autograf’s Jake Carpenter shares heartfelt message on touring haitus

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The Autograf trio, comprised of Jake Carpenter, Mikul Wing, and Louis Kha, have maintained a non-stop itinerary in the last three years since their emergence. Amid constant touring and studio time, the trio’s latest Caution:Live tour has found Carpenter largely absent, and he’s now cluing fans into the nature of his sidelining.

Recently Carpenter took to social media to share a heartfelt message to fans, describing suffering a severe mental breakdown that challenged his ability to tour with his band. Carpenter feared he “would tour again” though after an extended period of rehabilitation with friends and family away from the road, he’s preparing to rejoin Autograf once again. The Chicago-based producers hadn’t publicly spoken about Carpenter’s absence prior to the recent Instagram post.

Artist mental health has been a rising issue in recent years with the unrealistically strenuous nature of the dance music industry. With electronic music’s young talents emerging into the lightning-fast world of touring and promotion, hopefully we see artists take measures of self care away from the road like this more frequently going forward. Read Jake Carpenter’s full statement below.

Hey everyone ❤ We haven’t publicly said anything until now- but I was off tour for 5 months. At the end of 2017, after 3 incredible years of practically non-stop touring, I had a severe mental breakdown which forced me to miss our big headline tour. I didn’t think I would tour again- I felt a shadow of my former self. But being home and surrounded by my friends and family for 5 months, and taking care of myself and seeking out help has done me a world of good. I feel so incredibly blessed to have Mikul and Louis as bandmates and have so many talented people working on our team. Everyone has been very understanding of my need to take a step back from it all for a minute and I couldn’t be more grateful. Taking the time to go back to my roots making art and sculpture again has been very therapeutic. I feel balanced, stable, and healthy- and in the process got to spend lots of time in the studio writing music, sculpting, drawing, and creating. I can’t wait to share all the new projects we’ve been working on and I’m so excited to come back on tour and get involved with all of you guys again! Love, Jake 📸 @willselviz

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Chromeo cancels Australia tour for health reasons

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It’s no secret that touring artists encounter numerous struggles that often weigh on the overall wellbeing of the artists themselves. Being on the road for days on end can lead to extreme exhaustion, poor diet, and pressure to continuously perform and plaster a smile on your face.

This just so happens to be the case with Chromeo on their current tour, where they just recently announced that they will not be doing their three Australia dates. In an open letter to fans they wrote:

“We are truly sorry to announce that our upcoming July shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Splendour In The Grass have been canceled. It’s been so long since we’ve visited you last and we were so excited to play for you. Unfortunately, the rigors of our touring schedule have caught up with us and we need to prioritize our health and well being. We’re being told that this period would be best served as a time to rest. This was not an easy call to make. We hope you understand. Please know that we’re doing everything we can to reschedule our time in Australia. We will see you all soon.”

This is also not the first time that the guys of Chromeo have spoken up about health. Recently, member David Macklovitch shared with the world his struggles with anxiety and depression, and did so to try and enlighten others that might be going through the same things as him. He mentions all the days he couldn’t get out of bed, and all the stigmas around treatment for these things that are very much a disease.

In recent years, the dance music world has seen an increase in artists speaking up and drawing awareness to the toll constant touring can take on the human body and mind. Artists like Chromeo, who openly talk about their struggle and gracefully take time for themselves when they need to, show that health should always come first in order to deliver the best versions of themselves as artists to an audience.

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James Blake opens up about mental health and depression

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After speaking out about mental health earlier this year, James Blake recently took part in a panel at the Performing Arts Medicine Association’s annual symposium in Orange County, California. Titled “You Got This: Managing the Suicide Crisis in the Arts Population,” Blake opened up about his personal experiences with depression and suicidal thoughts.

Speaking on his early entry into the music industry, James says he was  “taken away from normal life essentially at an age where I was half-formed.” He reports that the “surface level” experiences artists have in the fast-paced industry do not allow for deep discussions of mental health, but instead, superficial conversations about the “good stuff.”

Blake also discussed the dietary issues that have surfaced in his career. “I would say that chemical imbalance due to diet and the deterioration of my health was a huge, huge factor in my depression and eventual suicidal thoughts,” he said. “I developed [dietary] intolerances that would lead to existential depression on a daily basis. I would eat a certain thing and then all day I would feel like there was just no point.”

In relation to the strenuous lifestyle that comes with being a touring artist, James Blake suggests staying realistic in what one person can do.

“Honestly, a lot of catharsis just came in telling lots of people to fuck off. And saying no. Saying no to constant touring. No [amount of] money will ever be enough… we’ve reached a critical point. We are the generation that’s watched several other generations of musicians turn to drugs and turn to excess and coping mechanisms that have destroyed them. And there are so many high-profile people recently who’ve taken their own lives. So we, I think, have a responsibility to talk about it and to remove the stigma.”

Anyone in need of help can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1–800–273–8255 or SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.