The musical ambassador and champion of techno, Carl Cox, opens up about mental health:
“ I’m fine, but I’m not happy ”
Mental health has been a hot topic for a while now. However, this year, we talk about mental health more than ever, considering the unfortunate circumstances humanity has found itself under. The pandemic has made so many aspects of life difficult for so many people. But those who suffer from mental illnesses have felt the negative side-effects of the lockdown way worse than anyone else. The music industry has always been a high-risk place for mental illness and has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic.
Over the past 3 years, the Music On My Mind, a campaign created to raise funds and awareness for mental health in the music community, has raised a total of $40,000AUD for mental health charities through music fundraisers. This year, the organizers of the event made sure to highlight the problem with COVID-19 and the music industry, pointing out how it had aggravated the mental health struggles within it.
In an interview with Music on my Mind, one of the most prominent and respected techno DJs in the world, Carl Cox, shared his personal experiences and mental health struggles.
Being known as a musical ambassador and a veteran of acid house, a champion of techno, a dance music pioneer, label boss, and king of Ibiza, Cox still faced some of the most tough challenges of his music career and personal life due to the pandemic.
Carl opened up and spoke about the death of his parents. In the Music on my Mind interview, he talked about his father, who suffered from dementia, and his mother, who died of septicemia. He pointed out that he couldn’t attend his own father’s funeral due to travel restrictions.
“I had to sit in my room and watch the funeral on YouTube. I am surprised that I have the mental ability to continue doing what I am doing at my current level.” - he noted.
While it is safe to say that Carl Cox is not currently struggling with mental difficulties, he still faces serious career struggles. He is just one of the many musicians who are dealing with career problems due to the pandemic.
“Forty years of working really hard as a self-employed DJ. I’ve been around the world like you can’t believe, and I’ve made millions of people happy.” - he says. - “Since then, my father has died… my mother has died… I’m in Australia, and now I don’t have a job as a DJ… which is my craft and what I’ve set up for. And now, in the UK, they’re telling us to go get another job because ‘your industry is not coming back.’ Now you’re asking me how I am. I’m fine, but I’m not happy,” he laughs.