Moby Talks About His Drug Addiction Development While Being On Tour

Posted at February 16th, 2017 | by Yash Vikram Singh | in

Touring sure takes a toll on artists but it’s pretty much their bread and butter. All musicians need to tour but not the way DJs tour. A shit ton of artists like Avicii & Deorro have had to quit touring just to keep their health in check. The most recent artist to come out about the downsides of excessive touring is Moby, who has opened up about his drug problems that he took on as a result of excessive travelling.

He has gone through several spells of alcohol and drug abuse although it has been latent up until now.

“Not to indulge in hyperbole, but the reality of touring and music is that every part of it is actually bad for your health. Over time, it became a little too repetitive. It stopped being exciting and I just noticed the health consequences”.

“When you go on tour you invariably sleep less,” he explains. “You’re exposed to all sorts of toxins (both intentionally and unintentionally): toxins in the form of being in an airport and being exposed to disinfectants and cleaners and really toxic chemicals. And then you find yourself drinking too much, doing too many drugs, eating much worse food than if you were at home. So while I was excited to be on tour, I was sleeping badly, eating badly and exposed to clubs filled with cigarette smoke, not to mention being hungover.”

He fell into a spiral of intoxication and it was hard to get out..

“The reason, and this is a generalization and very self evident, but the reason people drink and do drugs is because they want to change how they feel. And it gives people the ability to control their neurochemistry and control their physiology. But sometimes, the more control you give to someone the more entitled and narcissistic and controlling they become.”

He then went on about the uncomfortable environments he had to put himself in and how much of it is overlooked.

“Sometimes, being exposed to uncomfortable environments is much healthier than self medicating as a response to uncomfortable environments. And if you constantly rely on alcohol and drugs eventually you become addicted to controlling your environment, you become addicted to controlling your neurochemistry. Which is why so many addicts, towards the end, just stay in one room. It’s their way of controlling every single aspect of their environment.”

Source: MixMag

Yash Vikram Singh

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