Solo Artists Die Younger Than Band Members, Study Says

Budding musicians who dream of becoming successful solo artists may want to consider forming a band instead.

According to BBC News, a new study claims that artists who decide to go it alone are more likely to die young than those who create music with other people. Embarking on a solo career could be hazardous to your health.

After taking a close look at musicians who were popular between 1956 and 2006, researchers discovered that solo artists were far more likely to die than people in bands or groups. In fact, you’re more like to die if you’re famous in American than in Europe.

Study authors found that solo musicians are 10 times more likely to die young in the United States than in other parts of the world. Experts believe that peer support from band members is the key to keeping people from dying before their time.

The Daily Mail reports that singers, musicians, and pop stars have a 22.8 percent chance of dying prematurely. Band members on the other hand have a 10.2 percent chance of meeting their maker at an early age. Although the chance is still there, solo artists are more at risk than others.

“Rock and pop star survival seems to relate to whether they have pursued successful solo careers,” researchers wrote in the recent study. “While this may simply be a proxy for level of fame, with solo performers often attracting more attention than, for instance, a drummer or keyboard player in a band, it also raises the issue of peer support as a protective factor.”

According to Fox News, half of the musicians who died as a result of substance abuse or violence had at least one traumatic experience as a child. Experts believe there’s a significant link between adverse behavior and childhood trauma.

Do you believe that solo artists are more likely to die than people who are in bands?