Carl Cox was extremely crestfallen to hear about Avicii’s passing. In a new interview with BBC Radio 1, the Techno legend had a lot of his own perspective to share on the artist’s life and their own relationship. As one of the most vocal DJs to speak out about the strain of touring, he knew of the late producer’s plight all too well.

Cox said that he could see Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, was not in control of himself but in the “control of others who didn’t understand what he was crying out for, that was just to be understood”.

“I saw this flyer, to say that he was playing for I think two months, all over America nearly everyday, and I said to my friends at the time, I said have you seen this? He’s not gonna last half of that tour you know, it’s too much, even for a young guy of his age, and at the time he was, I think, 23, so pressure was put onto him then, and he died when he was 28, so can you imagine from 23 until 28…”

Cox says Avicii, ‘just wanted to be free to make music’, and that he was “very, very sad” to hear of his passing.

You can listen to the full interview on BBC Radio 1 now.

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