Krewella On The Relationship Between Drugs & Music

"But when you try and do that when you're sober,... That's next level losing yourself in the music."
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Each Labor Day weekend since 2009, fans of electronic music have swarmed to Randall’s Island in New York City for the Electric Zoo Festival. The festival makes headlines for the huge crowds and drawing the top DJs from across the globe, like Deadmau5, Avicii, Calvin Harris and countless others.

But the 2013 edition of E-Zoo drew attention for a different reason: a young man and woman died as a result of drug use. Toxicology results would later confirm the culprit was MDMA.

When Jahan, Yasmine and Rain Man of Krewella stopped by the 92.3 NOW studio, drug use became a serious topic they discussed.

“I don’t believe in really preaching to people,” says Jahan, who admits she isn’t into hard drugs. “I’m not a mother; I’m not a doctor; I’m not a specialist so I’m not going to tell people what I think I know about drugs because I’m not an expert.”

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While her initial comments appear apathetic, Jahan simply believes responsibility lies in the hands of the people making those decisions. She just stresses that those decisions need to be informed.

“The people coming to our shows are adults,” adds Jahan. “The only thing I ask people to do is be responsible. If you are going to experiment… do your research and be with people you trust.”

Don’t get Jahan’s words twisted. While she doesn’t condemn drug use, she also doesn’t condone it. In fact — while drugs like MDMA are wildly popular at shows — she believes a drug free experience is the best way to go.

“There have been times… we’ve watched Candyland’s set sober and it’s so much fun. It gives you a completely different outlook. You appreciate music differently when you’re sober and it’s interesting to kind of compare.”

Yasmine agrees with that sentiment, further elaborating.

“I think people take drugs or get drunk because that’s going to make them lose their inhibitions,” adds Yasmine. “But when you try and do that when you’re sober, it’s even more freeing because you did it without any help. You could do that all in your own mind.”

“That’s next level losing yourself in the music.”

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