Major Lazer's Jillionaire Thinks We Need To Teach Kids How To Do Drugs
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.13.2013
So they don't overdose...
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Diplo and Major Lazer's Jillionaire both commented on the recent deaths at the EDM shows last month, including Electric Zoo in New York and a Zedd show in Boston. At the Boston Calling Festival this past weekend, 21 drug arrests were made. However, none of the arrests were for "molly", which is powdered MDMA and the heart of the recent controversy.
Jillionaire said: "The generation that comes next is always going to rebel against the generation that came before, and they're always going to be at odds with each other. It doesn't matter what anyone who's 50-years-old has to say about these festivals. How many kids go to a football game and drink too much beer?"
Diplo added: "How many kids drive a car when they shouldn't? The drug thing happens, and this is the first time music writers can have something to write about. Electronic music is so young, and these audiences are full of 18 - no, 13-year-olds - and people who are 30, and 30 is old. Music writers and critics are old. When I was younger and living in Philadelphia, there was a crazy heroin problem. I had a lot of friends who died from Oxycontin and heroin overdoses. No one wrote about those kids. When 6,000 kids party for three days and two kids die, it's a story because the writers don't write about electronic music, as it's flat and boring all the time.
We're such a conservative culture that we'd rather not talk about the things kids want to do, even though they're going to do them anyway. We'd rather ignore it to solve the problem. In Florida, where I'm from, drugs have been a part of club culture since day one. Kids have always been going to raves in the woods. 20 years ago, Orlando was one of the first places to have rave culture, and we learned how to do drugs. It's going to happen; you can't control it. Persecuting a festival is not going to help it because kids are going to do them regardless. Hell, they'll do them in their houses. That's why crystal meth is a problem in America. Drugs are a big problem in America, because we have money to spend and a culture that wants to be turnt up all the time."
Jillionaire thinks the problem could be due to inexperience. He continued: "It's going to sound weird, but we need to teach kids how to do drugs, the same way we teach them about drinking responsibly and having safe sex. If you're going to go to a festival, drink water for six days before you get there; don't drink no alcohol. If you're going to do a pill and a half, don't do four more and then pass out, overheat, and die of cardiac arrest. Instead of acting like drugs don't exist, acknowledge that drugs will be at a festival and address them.