Molly? Have You Seen Her?
Not many things sound more appealing than a night filled with music, your friends, and a room full of nothing but positivity. Generally, these elements describe almost any concert out there. To me, being a college student, I immediately associate this to be the talk of an EDM event.
Electronic Dance Music
Electronic Dance Music (EDM), is a pretty new genre of music growing in popularity amongst my own age group. This isn’t to say this genre has just recently developed, it has actually been around for quite some time. I have been listening to this music for about four years, and some of my friends have been going to EDM festivals, such as Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival, which have been “raging” for over ten years.
Seemingly everywhere I go whether it be in my hometown or the second class of the day, I meet someone who is just as hyped as I am for the next upcoming show/festival. I had no idea that so many shared my love for this music, and I definitely did not know that this interest came with an entire world to explore.
Being a so-called “newbie” to this scene, I am constantly enlightened by the insanity it delivers. Light shows blasting in your face, bass pounding in your ears, crazy bra tops, trippy sunglasses, and brightly colored bracelets (also known as “candy”) being traded all around is nothing short of thrilling. The entire experience is almost like an sustained adrenaline rush. No matter where you turn, someone is jumping up and down like it’s his or her last day on earth. Some one may even ask you the question, “Have You Seen Molly?”
Meet Molly, the “it girl” of the EDM world. This “drug of the century” is incredibly popular in the rave scene, even mentioned in various tracks and sets. MDMA (“Molly”) is a chemical found in ecstasy pills, and now more commonly in capsules, that releases serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine in the brain resulting in intense feelings of euphoria, energy, and empathy towards others. In a closely-knit festival/rave event, these sensations are most desirable. Everything is described as looking and feeling better. Lights are exhilarating to watch, massages and hugs are welcomed by most, and making friends seems to be the easiest thing in the world.
MDMA was previously used as an experimental drug in psychotherapy to help treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and help aid in couple bonding, but is still illegal in the US for its potential to be abused. Based on recent events, such as the Electric Zoo Festival deaths, it is pretty obvious that there are still those out there that are overconsuming this drug. Every time you purchase it, you don’t know what it’s cut with, even though the dealer may confirm it to be “pure” MDMA. This is why it is so dangerous to buy from an unknown source, such as a person at a festival, because you honestly never know.
I’m not a scientist, nor am I an expert on all things EDM, but I do recognize the importance of safety in this beaming world. Like with anything, you must become extremely cautious with everything you’re exposed to. I absolutely love this culture and sharing it with my friends has been fulfilling, but I have learned to take care of myself. You don’t want to overdo anything, and you definitely need to feel secure in the moment. Having friends with you that share the same love for this music and environment really makes the experience something to remember, and creates a feeling of security if you ever feel that you need help. It may not be for everybody, but for most, it has had a big impact on their lives.