This past February, Wolfgang Gartner cancelled all of his upcoming shows.
According to the message he posted on Facebook, the decision was made because of his declining health. Fans were upset and for good reason.
February 4th, 2015 | Wolfgang Gartner’s Facebook page
Dear fans & concert goers: I am truly sorry to inform you that I will not be able to make it to the shows I have booked through the rest of February or beyond. My health has been declining while on the road, and gotten to a point where I am having cardiac issues that make it unsafe for me to be in that environment. My doctor, family and loved ones have asked and advised me not to continue touring due to the dangerous physical symptoms I am experiencing on the road. I feel like I am letting my fans down but at this time I need to put my health and life first. Thank you for your understanding and again, my apologies.
The absence of Wolfgang Gartner in 2015 has definitely gained some attention. But if any musician deserves the benefit of the doubt, it’s the legendary Wolfgang Gartner.
He didn’t seclude himself from society, like Daft Punk. He wasn’t secretive about his lifestyle-related illnesses, like Avicii. And that’s because this dance music superstar from California doesn’t act like one.
In an EDM industry that seemingly has a new phenomenon every Monday, Gartner has managed to stay relevant and respected all on his own.
His production skills have garnered Grammy nominations, something not many EDM artists can boast about. From his masterpiece album in 2011 (Weekend In America) or his piercing dubstep collaboration with Skrillex (“The Devil’s Den“), there’s no shortage of musical accomplishments under Joseph Thomas Youngman’s belt.
Not to mention, he’s one of the best live performers I’ve ever seen.
I’ve seen Wolfgang play a few different times, and each set solidified every adjective I’ve ever used to describe him: underrated, underappreciated, and overlooked.
Over the last few months, the creator of Kindergarten Records has slowly crept back into real life. And just a few days ago, Wolfgang Gartner showed everyone what he’s been doing during his leave of absence.
I’m not going to say this new music sounds sick because it’s an iPhone video of unfinished music. In the interest of not dumbing down the production of music, we’ll wait until we hear the final product.
But for now, it’s just good to see Wolfgang Gartner is alive and well. Literally.