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Robert Miles, DJ and Producer Known For '90s Club Hit 'Children,' Dies at 47

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Robert Miles

Robert Miles, the European DJ and producer who had an international hit in the mid-‘90s with the dreamy house classic “Children”, has died from an unspecified illness in Ibiza. He was 47.

Born Roberto Concina in 1969 in Switzerland to Italian parents, Miles studied piano in his youth and was spinning discs at house parties by the age of 13. By the late '80s he was a regular on the decks at trance parties in Italy, where he performed under the name Robert Milani, eventually going by the surname Miles.

His piano-driven instrumental tune “Children” was a pan-European smash after its release in 1994, climbing to No. 2 on the U.K. singles chart in 1996 and peaking at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Miles cracked the U.K. top 10 on two other occasions, with “One & One” (No. 3 in 1996) and “Fable” (No. 7 in 1996), and his most popular album, Fable, reached No. 7 on the U.K. albums chart in 1996. The following year, he scooped the Brit Award for best international breakthrough act.

The electronic dance music community paid tribute, with Pete Tong, Darude, and Armin Van Buuren among those sharing their memories of the late artist and his music online.