With the recent loss of music industry greats like Avicii and Chester Bennington, mental health awareness is more important than ever. Up-and-coming R&B singer, songwriter, and producer, Two Feet, also known as Zachary William “Bill” Dess, shared a now deleted suicide note on Twitter. Shortly after the tweet’s posting, an outpouring of love, community, and help was there. Other DJs, songwriters, artists, fans, family members and loved ones reached out to him. Additionally, EDM.com shared an article on how you can get help when you’re feeling suicidal. Currently, Bill’s father, Guy, is at the hospital with him and stating via Two Feet’s Twitter that Bill will be alright.
It started with Two Feet’s tweet about using cigarettes to burn markings on himself. Shortly thereafter came the suicide note and thanking fans for their continued support.
According to Billboard, Two Feet said in his tweet, “Most of my fans live here on Twitter and Spotify. I want to tell all 12k of you that I love you so much. I hope I’ve helped you in some manner.” The tweet went on to state that he would upload unreleased music to his SoundCloud. “I know it may be odd posting a suicide note on Twitter. But that’s the world we live in. I’ve been completely honest with you forever. Anyway. I love you,” he went on to add. “Goodbye.”
Louis the Child tweeted his love and support for Two Feet. “We’re all here for you. We all care. Things may seem overwhelming right now, but please take a breath, or do something you love, or call someone you love, or think about better things, or make music, or go on a walk, or something. We love you. We love you.”
Two Feet was scheduled to perform at Lollapalooza; however, due to his health concerns, C3 Presents announced that “Two Feet will not perform at Lollapalooza this weekend for medical reasons. Our primary concern is his health and well-being. A replacement will be announced soon.”
It’s truly amazing to see the EDM community coming together to spread love, awareness, hope, and support for those that need it. We know how to have fun at the festivals, but those inner demons come out to haunt us in the most awful times. It’s humbling to be a part of this community.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues or suicide, please use the resources below to reach out and get help. You are loved, cared for, and meaningful. You are worth it.