Illenium Talks Bluntly About Addiction, Story Behind 'Take You Down': Watch

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Illenium lately opened up about his historical past of dependancy, a battle which impressed his latest single "Take You Down." He's been clear and sober for about six years now, however earlier than a near-death overdose, he was out and in of rehabs for years. 

"Addiction is fucked," he says in a latest video interview with VEVO. "It makes you fall in love with one thing that may't love you again."

When he was about 21, his coronary heart stopped, and he lastly hit all-time low. Until then, his solely pleasure was present in partying, however he rededicated himself towards different efforts. He fell in love with snowboarding, hitting the slopes 60 to 65 days of the yr, however that took a bodily toll on him, a extra rugged expertise than it was therapeutic, so he saved looking out till his soul settled on artistic pursuits.

"It remodeled into this love and fervour and factor that I actually might discover myself residing for as a result of I cherished it a lot," he says. 'It grew to become the most effective a part of my life. Every tune I create is a therapeutic course of for me."

"Take You Down" tells a specific story of the sensation of loss and desperation he felt one evening after he'd been kicked out of one other rehab facility. He actually felt it could possibly be his "final evening alive," however his mom was there to present him shelter and love. Now that he channels his power into music, he has seen these efforts rewarded with a flourishing profession and a small, tight-knit circle of family and friends who're there for him each time he may have. They preserve him heading in the right direction, and when followers share with him their tales of dependancy, despair and battle, it conjures up him to inform his story in full.

Hear extra about his struggles and his successes within the video clip beneath.