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Dance genre does not equal drugs

By Lyndsey Hewitt in Opinions

March 29, 2012

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Photo courtesy of perezhilton.com

Recently, two unlikely musicians came into the public eye after an online dispute about drugs. One was Madonna, who is an iconic part of music history and has had a large influence on the world in general. The other was Deadmau5, who, unless you are interested in the dance music scene, you likely may not have heard of. He did have a performance at the Grammys this year, and since has become a bit more popular among the general population.

The feud arose after Madonna, who has been promoting her new album, MDNA, introduced electronic artist Avicii at Ultra Music Festival in Miami over the weekend. She asked the crowd, “How many people in this crowd have seen molly?” Which is a reference to the drug called molly, which has become popular in the club scene and among young people. The crowd cheered in response.

Afterwards, Deadmau5 became irate and posted on his Facebook,

“Seriously, I giveth not a f—ing single f— for slating on Madonna for reaching an entirely NEW level of idiocy … I can appreciate her meteoric career, and all good deeds done, but WHAT THE F— WAS THAT? That’s your big contribution to EDM? Thats your big message to Ultra attendees? Hipsterspeak for looking for drugs? F— off you f—ing IDIOT.”

As someone who enjoys electronic music and dancing without doing drugs, I really appreciated Deadmau5 saying something about this. There’s a negative stereotype when it comes to dance music and because Deadmau5 called out Madonna’s small “tribute” to drugs, I felt this was a great opportunity to bring this out to light and facilitate a good discussion.

I’ve been to dance parties. I’ve been to dance concerts and festivals and I’ve seen this kind of thing happen numerous times. I’ve been offered drugs but I’ve always said no because I don’t need it to enjoy the music. People need to realize this, especially the young and easily impressionable people. Dubstep and electronic music have been growing in popularity exponentially recently, and now what was once considered “underground” is now on mainstream radio. People in high school are taking acid and ecstasy thinking it’s cool because that’s the stereotype for people who like electronica music. They think that’s what it’s made for. While some if it may honestly be made for that, the majority of it is certainly not.

After Madonna’s little act, she lost what little respect for her that I had left. I realized too that the title of her album is called MDNA; a clever play on words referencing the drug MDMA (which is molly), as well as her own name. She’s just desperately trying to reach a younger crowd and stay relevant, and failing miserably, in my opinion, seeing as she is in their fifties, has kids, and has even written children’s books.

I appreciate Deadmau5 for being a great role model, even when he’s making electronic music. He’s brought something to light that needed to be addressed, and hopefully more people will become more aware. Drugs are not cool and never will be. You don’t need them to enjoy yourself.

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