Toronto bass house creator and founder of the city’s top boutique club series No Neon, Hunter Siegel has opened up about a half decade of curbing of drug and alcohol reliance. Posting a self-penned essay to social media over the weekend, the emotional message unearths the anxieties of touring as a musician as well as some serious self-realization.

“I would come home from tour and instead of getting into the studio and working on the next song, I was at the afterhours surrounded by strangers working on the next bag,” says Hunter, explaining that he experienced his last day with a hangover 5 years ago. Partially writing the letter for the sake of his own satisfaction, Hunter hopes that the personal story may touch the mind of at least one other person battling similar addictive circumstances.

“For anyone who thinks they can’t, you definitely can, no matter what is going on in your life or what you do for a living. I think the important part for anyone who wants to make changes is making sure that anyone around you who isn’t encouraging and positive about what you’re doing needs to no longer be around you and I was lucky to have a lot of people back me. It’s hard to get started but once you do it gets easier every day I promise.”

Hunter echoes the struggles of other electronic musicians who have opened up about debilitating drug and alcohol habits over the years. Most notably, Funkagenda comes to mind, a progressive house producer who has spoken outwardly about depression in the music industry. Read the full message below.

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