Trance DJ Robert Miles dies aged 47

Trance DJ and producer Robert Miles, best known for his classic hit ‘Children’, has died at the age of 47 after a short yet courageous battle with stage four metastatic cancer. The Italian/Swiss artist, born Roberto Concina, topped the charts in 12 countries with the classic track, which was first released in 1995, and has continued to hold legendary status to this day due to the instantly recognisable opening chords of the production.

Balearic radio station OpenLab confirmed the news in an official statement that read:

“Robert passed away peacefully last night after a courageous battle with stage 4 metastatic cancer over the last 9 months. Throughout it he was strong, determined, incredibly brave and did everything he could to fight this horrendous disease, Robert was more than just an artist, he was a pioneer, a creator, an inspiration, a son, a father, our friend.”

After finding mainstream success with Children, Robert Miles had two further singles which achieved top 10 status in the UK – Fable and One & One – and went on to release five albums, before launching Open Lab radio in 2012. Today, the dance music community paid their tributes to a legend, whose legacy will live on long after his death, with BBC Radio One DJ Pete Tong tweeting:

“Sad to hear Robert Miles passing r.i.p thanks for the music #deconstruction#classichouse.”

Dutch legend Armin van Buuren echoed the sentiments of Tong, adding:

A pioneer who will be sorely missed, Robert Miles is a huge reason behind the boom in dance music in the modern day, with ‘Children‘ and his further work inspiring a generation and helping dance music to gain credibility and recognition in the mainstream. Check out his classic anthem below to bring all the memories flooding back.

(BA Hons Journalism), 30, London. NCTJ-accredited journalist and dance music lover specialising in interviews, features, editorial work, and reviews.

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