He had been suffering from cancer for some time
Robert Miles, the progressive house, trance and ambient producer best known for his 1996 classic Children, passed away yesterday after a short battle with Stage 4 metastatic cancer. He was just 47 years old.
Born in Fleurier, Switzerland on 3 November 1969, Miles grew up in Italy and began producing and DJing in his teens, setting up his own recording studio and pirate radio station before he was 21 years old. But it wasn't until he was 26 that he scored a massive international hit with Children, a chilled-out, classically tinged progressive house/trance epic that was written explicitly to be played as a last track in clubs. There had been a spate of fatal car crashes involving clubbers on their way home, and Children was intended to put people in a mellower state of mind as they left the club. The single sold over five million copies worldwide and earned Miles a 1997 BRIT Award for Best International Newcomer, as well as helping to spawn the short-lived 'epic house' genre.
Over the two decades since then Miles released five albums, which saw him working with artists as diverse as Kathy Sledge, Nitin Sawnhey, Riton and Si Begg and embracing non-club influences such as jazz and ambient music, with his final album Th1rt3en in 2011 veering towards progressive rock and psychedelia.
Stars paying tribute on Twitter today included Adam Beyer, ATB, Nick Warren, Armin Van Buuren, Chris Lake, Steve Lawler, Pete Tong, Sharam, Max Graham, The Thrillseekers and many more.