Watch Illenium discuss his new album 'Awake,' before he heads out on tour
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Nick Miller, who is better known as Illenium, recently released his second studio album Awake on Sept. 21, in addition to announcing his North American tour. The Denver-based DJ chatted with AXS about his songwriting process and inspirations before he kicks off his tour on Oct. 28.

"it kind of starts sad—it starts in a place of loss—and it comes out in a place of hope," Illenium explained, "I think it's that awakening that some people have. Whether it's a breakup—that's probably the easiest relatable thing—but there's deeper thing, whether someone is going through a loss or any sort of major personal struggle, there's an awakening that happens and that's the story that I wanted to tell."

Check out the full interview above, and grab your tickets to upcoming Illenium shows right here on AXS.

Awake Tour Dates

Oct. 28 — New Orleans, LA - Republic NOLA (Get Tickets)
Nov. 10 – Denver, CO - 1stBank Center (Get Tickets)
Nov. 16 — San Luis Obispo, CA — Fremont Theater
Nov. 17 — Reno, NV - Cargo Concert Hall
Nov. 20 — Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
Nov. 21 —  San Francisco, CA - The Warfield (Get Tickets)
Nov. 22 – San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (Get Tickets)
Nov. 24 – Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater (Get Tickets)
Nov. 25 – Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom (Get Tickets)
Nov. 29 – Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works (Get Tickets)
Nov. 30 – Atlanta, GA-  Variety Playhouse (Get Tickets)
Dec. 2 – Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre (Get tickets)
Dec. 3 — Norfolk, VA - The NorVa (Get Tickets
Dec. 4 — Richmond, VA - The National (Get Tickets
Dec. 6 — Boston, MA - Royale (Get Tickets
Dec. 7 — Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory (Get Tickets
Dec. 8 — Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live! (Get Tickets
Dec. 9 — New York, NY - Terminal 5 (Get Tickets
Dec. 13 –  Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre (Get Tickets
Dec. 14 – Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom 
Dec. 15 — Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
Dec. 20 — Omaha, NE - Slowdown 
Dec. 21 – Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre (Get Tickets)
Dec. 22 — Minneapolis, MN — Myth Live
Dec. 28 — Los Angeles, CA — Shrine Expo Hall (Get Tickets)