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Carl Cox Talks Avicii, Calls 'Wake Me Up' a 'Shout For Help' in New Interview: Listen

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Avicii performs at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on June 28, 2012 in San Francisco.

The dance and music world continues to reel from 28-year-old producer Avicii's sudden passing. Mental health has hit the collective conversation in full force as Avicii's death was reported a suicide. It was well-known he suffered from a variety of health issues exacerbated by a relentless tour schedule and the excesses that come with life on the road. Carl Cox recently spoke to Danny Howard about his reaction during a stop on Danny Howard's show on BBC Radio 1.

"I was very sad about it," Cox says. "I could see he was going through the motions of non-control of himself, and he was very much in control of others who didn't understand what he was crying out for, and that was just to be understood."

Cox says he met Avicii as a young man, before the latter even released "Levels." He'd been booked to open for Cox in Zurich, and soon, Avicii was everywhere. He took note of one particular hectic moment when Avicii was set to perform nearly every night for two months throughout the United States. He remembers telling friends back then that Avicii must have been uncomfortable, but he couldn't have foreseen his suicide.

Cox also speaks about his own hectic schedule and much more between bouts of his beloved mixing, and touches on Avicii's 2013 hit "Wake Me Up."

"When he made that track...it was really brave to have done that," he says. "He premiered that track at Ultra [Music Festival in Miami]. All those kids that grew up with "Levels," when they got to hear this track, they didn't know what to do with it, but that's what he wanted to do. He just wanted to be free to make music, and of course now, when you hear that records, it's so poignant. It's sad to even hear that record now, because in some ways it was a shout for help."

Listen to the full interview and mix with Howard on BBC Radio 1.


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