DJ life is great. You wake up, make some music on a jet plane, head to the gig in Vegas, party all night, make a million dollars, pass out, wake up, repeat. It's a fairy tale -- except when it's not.
"You can carry that lifestyle for a year or two, maybe three, but eventually most people run that course and burn it out," says Chad Cisneros, one half of Austin DJ duo Tritonal. "That's why a lot of rock stars are dead early in life, because they did that exact thing. We've been touring now eight years, and that's on the back of trying to eat well, meditation and exercise -- you know, mental fitness."
Cisneros and his partner Dave Reed learned temperance the hard way. They want to share their story to help others learn from their mistakes, so they're donating streaming royalties from new single "Love U Right," featuring vocals from Lourdiz, to the National Alliance for Mental Illness, to raise awareness of mental health within music. It's an upbeat summer anthem that, at face value, sounds like a love song about helping your friends, family and significant others in their time of need, but the guys also think it's a message about loving yourself.