The Cadenza boss has been sober and substance-free for one year, and posted a note about the dangers of touring and Avicii's recent death.
The Cadenza head says, "Today I am one year old... exactly one year ago I started rehab in a place called Dara in Thailand... I kept this in my secret box for almost 22 years." Luciano, real name Lucien Nicolet, says he is speaking out in order to "bring to light the consequences and knowledge about certain behaviors and dangers," especially in light of the "enormous sadness... [of] the story of Avicii," who died last month of apparent suicide.
"I wanted to make a point about it because... I felt so close to what happened to Tim [Bergling]," he says. "That loneliness, isolation and especially the feeling of not being understood was generating high levels of anxiety, depression... so like lots of other artists I found a cure to an unexplainable disease through any type of drugs, medicine and alcohol."
Nicolet says nearly 20 years of near-constant touring exacerbated these problems, but that he's now able to continue on with a hectic schedule while remaining sober and taking care of his "body and soul."
"It's almost 130 gigs a year I am doing at the moment," the Swiss-Chilean artist says. "Thank god I have a precious family, team and friends that help me through the major change... they make sure no one pushes me from that cliff again."
Nicolet closes by advocating drug and alcohol-free clubbing: "Remember music is magic, and you don't need anything else except your heart and imagination to feel this language that connects people together... It took me about six months to remember the many reasons I was going out, and one day it popped into my mind again... the reason we all go out is to laugh and to share."
Check out Will Lynch's recent opinion piece on the hazards of DJ culture.
Read the full note here.