If you had been in Ibiza in 1995/6 you would have witnessed something very special. An interesting paradigm shift. Robert Miles’ European smash ‘Children’, a record about all the young people who never made it back home after being involved in accidents on the beautiful, Balearic Island, taught us all something. That record single handedly reintroduced emotion back into Dance music. It made it okay to mourn one’s friends whilst moving, euphorically on the dance floor against the bruised, heat-hazed golden backdrop of another drug and booze soaked sunset.
According to OpenLab – the online radio station set up by the Swiss-born, Italian DJ in 2012 – Miles (real name, Robert Concina) passed away peacefully in his sleep from stage 4 metastatic cancer on Tuesday May 9th. Many were shocked at the news as the cancer itself was diagnosed only nine months ago. “Robert was more than just an artist, he was a pioneer, a creator, an inspiration, a son, a father, our friend.” The trance legend produced 1995’s biggest record ‘Children’, which reached number one in 12 countries and earned him a coveted Brit Award in 1997.
His iconic single Children spent thirteen consecutive weeks at number one and basks in eternal global fame even today. Miles’ total career sales across 5 albums top some 14 million records. Robert Miles was a well known resident in Ibiza and launched (106.4FM) OpenLab (an FM radio station for the Island) in 2013. “It’s the true spirit of Ibiza, forward-thinking and eclectic, which guides everything we do at OpenLab”.