Robert Miles, Trance Producer & DJ, Dies at 47
May 10, 2017
Nelly Varela | Staff Writer
It’s a sad day in the world of electronic music. Last night, news spread that Italian Trance DJ, Robert Miles, reportedly died late Tuesday, May 9th.
Miles, best known for his breakout hit, ‘Children‘ sold more than 5 million copies and is credited with helping push trance music closer to the mainstream. The track was first released in Italy in January of 1995 as part of the EP “Soundtracks” on Joe Vanelli’s DBX label, but it did not chart. Vanelli brought the track to a nightclub in Miami where it was heard by Simon Berry of Platipus Records. Berry worked with Vanelli and James Barton, of Liverpool’s Cream Nightclub to release the song in November of 1995 as the lead single from Robert Miles’ album “Dreamland.” The song became Miles most successful single, was certified Gold and Platinum, and reached number one in more than 12 countries — while toping the Euro Top 100 Chart consecutively for 13 weeks.
Miles has two reasons for writing the memorable track, Children: one was as a response to photographs of child war victims his father had brought home from humanitarian mission in the former Yugoslavia; and the other, inspired by his DJ career, was to create a track to end DJ sets, and intended to calm rave attendants prior to driving home as a means to reduce car accident deaths that were at all time high in the rave community. Children has said to be one of the pioneering tracks of Dream Trance, a genre characterized by dream-like piano melodies and a steady four-on-the-floor bass drum.
The Swiss-Born Italian, whose real name is Roberto Concina, fought a battle against cancer for the past 9 months. Miles, who was named Best International New Comer at the Brit awards, and the only Italian to receive a gong at the annual music showplace, will truly be missed all over the globe.
RIP Robert Miles
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