A DJ’s job is a demanding one, and even that seems to be an understatement. As more artists speak out in regards to the physical and mental tolls exacted by unremitting schedules, traveling in solitude, and constant late nights at club venues, the difficulties of a DJ’s lifestyle are becoming increasingly visible. Help Musicians UK and the Association for Electronic Music brought such issues to light in their recent documentary, Why We DJ—Slaves to The Rhythm.
Avicii‘s documentary, Avicii: True Stories, offers fans insight on his decision to retire from touring back in March of 2016. The comprehensive biopic features a wealth of footage, what with the documentary’s director, Levan Tsikurishvili, who followed Avicii for the past four to five years.
“He’s had so much material from both in the studio, from behind the scenes on concerts, during good and bad times. I’m really excited. I’m also a bit nervous because it’s kind of gritty sometimes. It’s very personal. There’s a lot of ups and downs,” Avicii says of the production.
One such down can be witnessed in a clip released from the documentary that shows Avicii in a hospital bed, speaking with a team of physicians. Avicii notably suffered from acute pancreatitis, a condition that required the removal of his gallbladder and appendix in 2014. Despite the surgery’s situation in 2014, two-years prior to Avicii’s announcement that he would be retiring from touring, the nonstop momentum of life as an internationally touring artist would only further inflame Avicii’s health related issues.
The poignant clip is but a sample of the behind the scenes footage that comprises Avicii: True Stories, out now.