DJs and Drug-use

Techno music has always been associated with substance abuse. In this article, we are examining the stories of drug use in the music industry from some of the famous artists.

It is a fact that, since earliest ages in the history of art, the artists have always benefited from drug use. According to the known users, such as Edgar Allan Poe, Dylan Thomas, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway and etc. the artists have admitted that the use of drugs improves their intuition, creativity and spontaneousness. This tradition is also seen same in todays DJs. Moreover, a couple of decades before, it was almost a necessity for performing on the stage. So, there is a strong connection with the use of drugs and DJing on the stage in techno culture. Although some of the DJs cannot reveal their drug use, it is a common fact that several techno performers look the way they are. Here are some of the well-known names from the techno stages who are identified with specific drug use or their endless fight against it.


The famous Swiss born DJ has confessed weeks before that he was not in good conditions in the earlier stages of his life. As a result that he went into rehab in Thailand couple of years ago.

Luciano expresses the difficulties he faced during the earlier periods of his life: “wake up, another ton to sleep or calm down, painkillers for a million reasons and substances to keep pushing and this was all combined with alcohol.” The star, who shares his experiences despite the both pyschological and physical pain he had, stated that they mostly prefered drugs on the street rather than useless drugs in pharmacies. Let’s hear it from his words:

“I was really using a lot of chemicals, but also things that medical (advice) gives you a like something to sleep or something to wake up. You’re always thinking things, and you don’t realise, but sometimes the pharmacies are worse than the drugs running in the streets. So at one point of time my body and mind stopped working and it took a long time to function properly.”

Emphasizing the difficulty of the earlier times he started his work, the artist points out that nobody would not dare to become a DJ in those times. He started very young with great passion and everybody was tossing and cheering with glasses of wines. Another day, these glasses turn out to be a different thing for the purpose of ‘relaxing his mind’. Today, 25 years later in his career, Luciano admits his mistake in unconscious use of it. But now, he had a chance to turn the table and made it true. Referring to the times he used drugs on the stages, Luciano resembles the period as:

“You are allergic to chocolate, but you’d have to work in a chocolate factory. So, it was very difficult initially. With time, I came back to the most happy phase of my life. So I danced and created music. These things helped me in combating my addiction.”


Seth Troxler is one of the guy in the music industry that really cares about the artists. After all the bad events and negative examples he experienced around him, he is at the top of those who fight against drug use today. We’ve lost a lot of people, a lot of talented people to drugs”, Seth Troxler comments in the famous DJ documentary. After gaining national and global fame, the artist attracted many attention, and between the time of 2010 and 2013, he was always at the top. But every time he was on TV, he drew attention to people dying from drugs any time the microphone was hold on to him. A common misconception about the dance community is that it is littered with illegal drug use, making it a dangerous culture to be involved with. He goes on to say that “there are drug deaths in the street right now in London,” to further illustrate the point that the dance culture is not to blame, but rather, drug use is a much more broad social issue. Let’s end up his fight against this situation with his own words:

“There is an expiration date on your own sanity and trying to keep human”


A weeks earlier, the famous DJ Rebekah has revealed the sexual abuse stories in her career, which we have posted. A few days ago, this time Rebekah has shared her thoughts with one of her colleagues on a famous magazine. The artist highlights her up-and-down career with the struggle against drug use. Rebekah defines her experiences as follows:

“I woke up one day and had that conversation with myself: “Do you really not love DJing and music enough to do it without drugs?” I did some cognitive behavioral therapy and Narcotics Anonymous, which is very much based in spirituality and, in the end, worked for me. But I also need to intellectualise everything, so I studied psychology and learned about my own behaviour, and having this understanding is what has kept me clean.

My first sober gig came about six weeks into my sobriety. I must have drank five cans of Red Bull as an alcohol substitute to calm my nerves (and obviously, Red Bull is not a good choice to help with anxiety). The next day, after I had successfully played without using alcohol and drugs, and managed to get some sleep, I remember waking up with the sunshine coming through the windows, and I had this lightbulb moment — you do not have to do take drugs ever again. You are free. And since then, I truly have been.”


When it comes to the content of this topic, probably users would expect to see the details of drug use with the specific DJ. If you were in such anticipation, we are sorry to tell you that our Three Deck Wizard is one of the greatest fighter against drug use in the industry. So much so that, he feels so glad to stop himself from drug use in the earliest periods of his DJing career. Today, Cox is shown as a dynamic model with his healthy lifestlye to the fans. In a statement, Cox states that he gets all the power and the energy from music, thus he never intended to substance abuse. He is also thankful for the ravers for keeping him empowered on the stages for long years.

“I’ve always said music is my drug. I’ve always been clean living. If I had been taking drugs, I wouldn’t be here today. I’d be in a mental institution. Or dead. I was lucky enough to say no in my early days and to get enough sleep. I’ve got a zest for life and that’s what makes me who I am.”