2018 has been a year of reflection for the lifestyle of touring performers. It has become customary for DJ’s to perform in multiple countries in one week. These schedules cause the health of performers to decline and many people have voiced opinions about how to improve health.
One argument is that performers need to begin taking more breaks so that they can reset their biological time clock. Above & Beyond and Spencer Brown express the emptiness and sadness that they felt themselves. Thus with Long Way From Home, they show us how we can overcome the emptiness and sadness.
Long Way From Home has a strong relationship with the mental health discussion of 2018. People are being more open and cautious about the struggles of a never-ending travel schedule. Paavo Siljamäki is ⅓ of Above & Beyond and he has talked extensively about his own struggles with mental health in 2018. This song is meant to be therapy during the dark moments of touring.
Above & Beyond and Spencer Brown explained the inspiration behind their collaboration on Instagram. Both Spencer and Paavo were feeling empty in Australia after an aggravating travel day. A solution was to create new music. The two of them constructed a temporary studio with speakers blasting out of their hotel room’s television.
Paavo and Spencer used this song to help them get through the emptiness of being away from their friends and families. They showed that all dark moments have the potential to come to an end. Spencer Brown and Above & Beyond were a Long Way From Home when they wrote this track. Spencer Brown explained on Instagram, “I hope this song will help you get through tougher periods in your life as it has for us — It always gets better!
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