Nicky Romero Reveals How Anxiety Made Him Want to Quit Music

Mental health is a serious issue and Nicky Romero sheds light on how his struggles with anxiety almost made him give up his entire career
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Mental health is a serious issue and Nicky Romero sheds light on how his struggles with anxiety almost made him give up his entire career
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Last month Nicky Romero expressed to his fans that he had been struggling with anxiety for some time and it even made him want to quit making music. He opened up further in a recent interview with Billboard where he expressed how his thoughts almost ruined him.

"There were thoughts that I wanted to quit music, but I knew at the same time that it was not me. I was just the one observing the thoughts. I wasn't the thought itself. I could see that it was not me wanting to stop music, but rather this negative energy trying to take over."

The mind is a powerful thing and it can lead people to be confused about where they are in life. It's not always easy to make decisions when battling with anxiety and Nicky Romero knew that he needed to move past his negative thoughts in order to get back to doing what he loves. 

"Music has always been my passion. I've never wanted to do anything in the world but music. The only thing that was holding me back was the fact that I just couldn't do it. I couldn't access my creativity energy and that was what was holding me back, it wasn't the music itself."

It's often hard to express to others how your thoughts are holding you back. For Nicky Romero, some people around him just didn't understand what he was going through.

"If I got invited in for a studio session, I would go but I wouldn't be able to perform at the level I normally perform at. It would be very hard for me to acknowledge that I couldn't perform at a certain level due to my symptoms and a lot of people did not understand. I was disappointing a lot of people and colleagues."

Nicky Romero is looking toward the future and a bounce-back year in 2016. He's lined up some outstanding collaborations with the likes of Nile Rodgers and others he can't disclose just yet, but he urges his fans that more music is coming.

This comes after Benga first opened up about his anxiety and depression back in September. We often look at these artists in a different light, but they are just people like you and me. Many people struggle with the mental at some point and when these artists open up, it serves as a guiding light that we all can move past the negativity.

Read the full interview with Nicky Romero here.