Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos Says The Music Industry “Nearly Killed” Him

Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos has announced that he is stepping away from being a “commercialized artist”, because he has found the music industry too demanding.

After announcing on Twitter “I simply cannot continue making music”, fans started wondering if Passion Pit were going on hiatus. However Angelakos has clarified that he will keep on making music, as long as it is on his own terms and as long as it can help other artists.

He explained in a media statement, “I cannot continue to operate in this space, this industry, due to the way that it functions and treats people that work for it or create within it. It does nothing to promote the health required in order to produce the work it sells. The risks associated with being a commercialized artist and embarking on a typical album release, like endless promotion and touring, have nearly killed me.”

Angelakos added “I watch other artists struggle with the friction between their health and their art”, and then wrote that his current focus is now The Wishart Group; a company he’s started that will provide legal, educational, and health care services to artists.

And he’s putting his money where his mouth is. Angelakos is about to put out a new album, with all proceeds going towards psychiatric scientific research at The Stanley Center / Broad Institute. He says, “I was an artist before I was signed and working within this industry, and… I am continuing to be an artist with or without the industry.”

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