Robert Miles, best known for the 1996 hit “Children,” died Tuesday of cancer in Ibiza at the age of 47. His radio station, OpenLab, confirmed he died “after a courageous battle with Stage 4 metastatic cancer.”
The Italian producer Robert Concina, widely known as Robert Miles, was born in Switzerland. In 1996, Miles beat the drum as he released the Nineties hit “Children” that became one of the world’s most successful dance music tracks, marking itself as the crown jewel among dance music hits in tens of countries around the world.
Failure In Italy Despite Reaching Billboard
Miles released the track in Italy and it was featured in the Soundtracks EP; however, the track, at first, failed to chart. Nonetheless, Miles played the track in Miami nightclub, where it swept Simon Berry of Platipus Records off his feet. Only then, the song soared to Number One in tens of countries and made it to Number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, which is a phenomenal success for an instrumental track to make it this far.
Miles said in several interviews that he gave rise to the song as he along with his father saw pictures of child victims of the war in Yugoslavia in 1994. The terrible pain that was apparent in the pictures inspired him to write the song.
Lamented By Lifelong Friend
Joe T Vannelli, Miles’ lifelong friend, wrote: “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, judgement, but especially your talent in finding sounds and melodies unparalleled”
“I remember 1997 Brit Awards Ceremony very well. Robert Miles was the best international newcomer award, introduced by Gary Barlow. Miles was the only one Italian artist winner in [Brit] history. ‘Children’ is an instrumental and dance anthem; one of the most ever loved tracks. With Robert Miles a part of my life dies with him,” Vanelli wrote (as translated by the BBC).