The trance music producer and DJ Robert Miles has died, aged 47.
Born in Switzerland, the Italian native rose to prominence in the 1990s after his debut single ‘Children’ hit number one in a number of countries around the world in 1995.
A prominent name in the electronic scene, Miles released his debut album ‘Dreamland’ in June 1996, which went platinum in Europe. That album would be Miles’ greatest commercial success, as he retreated from the limelight in later years with the release of a handful of low-key albums that included 1997’s ’23am’, 2001’s ‘Organik’ and ‘Miles_Gurtu’ in 2004.
Miles was also known for launching the radio station Open Lab, which regularly broadcast from Ibiza and covered arts, media and technology.
DJ Mag Italia first reported that Miles had passed away from an unspecified illness at the age of 47. The producer’s longtime friend Joe T Vannelli posted his own emotional tribute to Miles following the news.
“The tragic news of the death of a very talented artist of our time, makes me incredulous and upset,” Vannelli said. “I will miss the fights, brawls, criticism, judgements but especially your talent in finding sounds and melodies unparalleled.”
Miles’ peers continued the tributes online as the news broke, with DJ Pete Tong thanking Miles “for the music.” See a selection of tweets below.
Sad to hear Robert Miles passing r.i.p thanks for the music ?#deconstruction#classichouse pic.twitter.com/f7xsvLTBF6
— Pete Tong mbe (@petetong) May 10, 2017
RIP Robert Miles. You blessed the World with your Melodies. #Children
— TRITONAL ▵ (@Tritonal) May 10, 2017
— Darude (@Darudevil) May 10, 2017
Shocking news about the passing of Robert Miles. #Children will forever be in the lexicon of dance music. RIP
— Sharam (@DJSHARAM) May 10, 2017
Just found out Robert Miles passed away. He was a hero of mine and Children is still one of the greatest tracks of all time. #RIPRobertMiles
— Timmy Trumpet (@TimmyTrumpet) May 10, 2017
Another legend is gone.
R.I.P. Robert Miles pic.twitter.com/TYLylbFl7j
— Giuseppe Ottaviani (@GOttaviani) May 10, 2017