The track launched a new genre called “dream house” and was created to save clubbers lives. The amped-up tracks and hard beats of the club scene during the era often meant that clubbers were left still filling the full effects of adrenaline and drugs. Children was created as a closer track to help wind down the crowds with its soft slower beat.
The musician topped the charts with his hit Children which was first released in 1995 and has been sampled numerous times afterward.
The news was broken by producer and longtime friend Joe T Vannelli, who said: “The tragic news of the death of a very talented artist of our time makes me incredulous and upset.
“I will miss the fights, brawls, criticism, judgments but especially your talent in finding sounds and melodies unparalleled.”
“I remember 1997 Brit Awards ceremony very well. Robert Miles was the best international newcomer award, introduced by Gary Barlow. Miles was the only one Italian artist winner in BA history.
“Children is an instrumental and dance anthem, one of the most ever loved tracks. With Robert Miles a part of my life dies with him.”
Armin van Buuren said: “Really in shock to hear the news of the passing of Robert Miles,” while Chicane wrote: “I only played ‘Children’ 2 weeks ago on Sun:sets…. I wished I had written it.”