DJ Robert Miles best known for his 1990s hit Children has died at the age 47. The Swiss born Italian died of an undisclosed illness. Miles topped the charts in at least 12 countries with his 95′ dance track Children, which sold more than five million copies by the end of 97′ and earned the artist a Brit Award. It was told to have been produced at a cost of only £150. His longtime friend Joe T Vanelli is quoted as telling ‘The tragic news of the death of a very talented artist of our time, makes me incredulous and upset. I will miss the fights, brawls, criticism, judgements but especially your talent in finding sounds and melodies unparalleled.’ Miles, who is believed to have been in Ibiza, when he died, released six studio albums with the biggest commercial success being Dreamland in 96′ which made the Top 10 in seven countries.
In 97′, he was named Best International Male Newcomer at the Brit Awards, the only Italian to have received a gong at the annual music showpiece. His last studio album was Th1rt3en, released in 2011. After releasing Children, which earned Miles platinum records in many countries worldwide and a string of other successful hits, he focused more on producing and eventually launched Open Lab Balearic radio station. News of his death was reported first by DJ Mag Italia. Veteran House DJ Pete Tong was among those to pay tribute to Trance pioneer. He wrote his Twitter ‘Sad to hear Robert Miles passing r.i.p thanks for the music #deconstruction#classichouse.
Boy George tweeted ‘RIP Robert Miles. Very sad news.’
And music producer Chicane tweeted too “Oh wow, so sad to hear the news on Robert Miles. I only played Children two weeks ago on SunSets…. I wished I had written it. RIP.’