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Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos: The Music Industry 'Nearly Killed Me'

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"I make music every day, it’s part of my life," he said.

Last night, Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos released a string of tweets stating he "simply cannot continue making music" until the industry gets its shit together:

Not fantastic news for Passion Pit fans jonesing for a follow-up to their 2015 album Kindred--but, Angelakos clarifies in a statement on Pitchfork, he's not stopping making music, just cutting ties with the flawed system he previously worked in.

"I make music every day, it's part of my life," he said. "I just played a show and I am about to officially release an album. The proceeds from the album are going entirely to psychiatric scientific research at The Stanley Center / Broad Institute. I was an artist before I was signed and working within this industry, and (as confusing as it may be to many people, myself included) I am continuing to be an artist with or without the industry."

Angelakos will be focusing more of his time instead in The Wishart Group, the mental health advocacy group for artists he formed earlier this year.

"I only have a certain amount of attention," he continues, "so it should be used carefully. I started The Wishart Group and will be focusing full time on its developments. I will be advising other industries, and doing any work that is required at this current juncture until I have achieved certain goals and helped build a new system. We need better systems, systems that can actually contain and tend to workers, like artists who want to and have been contractually signed into deals to make music for people."

His experience with the dark side of the music business has been one of great intensity, packed with life-or-death situations. He explains that as well in the statement:

"The risks associated with being a commercialized artist and embarking on a typical album release, like endless promotion and touring, have nearly killed me."

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