MDMA: The Facts

DMA (Ecstasy) is an illegal synthetic drug, which acts as a hallucinogen and stimulant. Its chemical structure (3-4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is similar to two other synthetic drugs, MDA and methamphetamine, which are known to cause brain damage. It was originally developed as a diet aid, but was also used experimentally during counseling because of its ability to remove individual’s inhibitions.

What Does Ecstasy Look Like?

Ecstasy comes in a tablet form that is often imprinted with graphic designs or commercial logos.

How Is It Taken?

Ecstasy is usually swallowed in pill form, but can also be crushed and snorted, injected, or used in suppository form.

Who Uses Ecstasy?

Ecstasy is popular among middle-class adolescents and young adults. It is sold at bars, underground nightclubs and at ‘raves’ (all night parties).

What Are the Effects of Ecstasy?

It is known for its energizing effect, as well as distortions in time and perception and enhanced enjoyment from physical experiences. The effect, per use, lasts from three to four hours. Its popularity grew in the late 1980s in the rave and club scenes and on college campuses because of its reputation for producing high energy and a ‘trusting and opened’ effect among those who take it.

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What Are the Hazards of Ecstasy?

Ecstasy produces problems similar to those found among amphetamine and cocaine users. This can include:

  • Psychological problems
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Drug craving
  • Severe anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Psychotic episodesdeathsper100k

The physical side effects that can occur while taking it can last for weeks. Users often experience muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching, nausea, blurred vision, rapid eye movement, faintness, and chills or sweating. MDMA is very dangerous for those individuals with circulatory or heart disease, because the drug increases the heart rate and blood pressure.

For those users who develop an acne like rash, an increase risk of liver damage and other side effects may result if they continue to use the drug.

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Is Ecstasy Addictive?

Almost 60 percent of people who use MDMA report withdrawal symptoms, including fatigue, loss of appetite, depressed feelings, and trouble concentrating.

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Veld is Coming

In an overall sense, this was $150 well spent. Well, $200 if you count the fact I bought tickets for three and offered discounts for my friends, and the fact I lost my umbrella.

Day 1 was somewhat lifeless for me until Steve Aoki showed up in the main stage, although I did enjoy the Bacardi Tent for a bit with DallasK and others. Steve Aoki was good, but my fav set that day went to Steve Angello, with Knife Party coming second. I couldn’t enjoy deadmau5’s set as much as I wanted to due to all the druggies pushing and shoving everywhere, plus the fact I lost my friends during the set. Seems like he wasn’t happy as well since most of his new gadgets were damaged in the rain…

I didn’t arrive for Day 2 until around 5:30pm as I overslept (heh), so I went for Nicky Romero’s set, then went to Gareth Emery’s set, followed by Avicii of course. Best part about Nicky Romero was he got the crowd hyped with Internet Friends much better than Knife Party…that’s gotta hurt for them like a knife. Gareth’s set was good as well, though to be honest I don’t know his style very well until that day. The crowd was hyped, but not was pushy as the main stage, which I liked. Avicii was definitely the set of the festival though, his visual effects overpowered deadmau5’s, the crowd was dancing like crazy (but again, not as pushy compared to deadmau5), and he didn’t even need to play Levels until the first encore when 1/4 of the crowd already left. Oh, and he played Zombie Nation. WHAT!

My only complaint? The muddy field. I was down by the park on Friday examining the setup, and when I saw the muddy field…I knew I was in for a dirty two days.

The 3 Podcasts You Need to Follow

1. Hardwell on the Air

Hardwell has been making quite the name for himself at such a young age (24) and has made himself of the undisputed heir to Tiesto has the king of progressive house music. Hardwell on the Air is a highlight of the latest remixes and many of the songs you will be putting on your iPod a month from now. If you like Hardwell’s upbeat sound and the top-charting formula of Top 100 DJ + little-known-big-voice-female singer + a Souncloud sensation DJ due the remix, then Hardwell on the Air is the Saturday night podcast for you.

2. Tiesto’s Club Life

By far the most popular electronic dance music podcast ever and the oldest, it’s considered the pinnacle of a DJ’s career when he is featured on Tiesto’s weekly mix of the best of the best. Although some songs you will have already heard on the colloquial Toronto Top 40 station, Tiesto’s mixes are a true testament to his mastery of beats per minute. His mix of Top 40, classics, mash-ups, and live performances make this podcast essential for any subway ride.

3. Jacked Beats Radio

Definitely a unique podcast. It has the aestheticism of a dive bar; Afrojack does not label the songs playing, has single off-pixeled .jpeg cover art, and only comes out whenever he feels like taking a break from touring or when he’s bored (stoned?) to put one together. But when he does, what. the. hell. Each mix is an instant classic that will have you going crazy google-ing and youtube-ing mixes of songs you know all the lyrics to, but in no corner of your brain can you find the name of the DJ or even the first letter of the song. Definitely one to check, but make the four episodes that to exist last.

Ode to the Warehouse Warriors

It’s not the nicest city and with the amount of citizens moving to the surrounding suburbs, it’s not really much of a city at all.

Detroit is a place where most people are looking back at the past when the American auto industry was at its peak, but in the late 1980’s something unexpected laid its roots. Electronic dance music was flourishing in Detroit, not just locally, but on a global stage.

The EDM we know today was born in a city known for the “Motown Sound” with Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin posters in kids’ rooms from wall-to-wall, but what few know is that soul music is the father of EDM and the two genres share a similar following.

“I sing for the realists; people who accept it like it is.” – Aretha Franklin in reference to soul music.

You could say fans of electronic music are simply young people high on MDMA and consume more than a respectable amount of alcohol; in other words, a “lost generation.” Maybe this generation is lost, but at least we know it and we want to do something about it; we don’t simply accept condescending judgement from our elders.  African-Americans were oppressed by deep-seeded racism long after President Lincoln’s “Emancipation Proclamation;” this generation is being oppressed as well by those who misunderstand what is to be a young adult in the 21st century and like the revolutionaries of the 1960’s, are using music to express what they cannot transcend to their opposites. This is what makes the EDM fans realists: the fact that they know they are lost because society is not evolving as quickly as it needs to be.  

And why are they lost? The Information Age.

The modernity that has emerged through the advancement of computer technology with social networking as the staple of our socializing, working and commercial lives has disconnected us from the world. Despite all the negatives surrounding the club scene, mainly the drug culture, it truly is the only place we as “Generation X” can return the basic human need to interact.

You can’t simply start a conversation with the guy behind you in-line at Tim Horton’s because our social awkwardness tells us to avoid “strangers.” Yet when the beats of Tiesto, Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner boom from the speakers, we have this sudden feeling of togetherness; as if everyone on the dancefloor dancing in their own fashion, but moving as a unit.

When Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson began producing what would be later known as “Detroit Techno” in May’s parents’ basement using analog synthesizers and archaic drum machines, they would of never expected that one day they would provide the solution for the “Alienation Age.”

Searching for ears to listen, they would rent out abandoned factories (which were aplenty in their decaying metropolis), and hold raves for anyone who cared to dance all night to a revolutionary new sound.

The sound eventually gained a following in Europe where the genres of dubstep, trance and electro began to rise steadily and creep into the mainstream charts.

You don’t need to pop a tab of MDMA or guzzle a 26-er of cheap vodka to enjoy the electric melodies, you just need to appreciate the atmosphere and the feeling of togetherness that can rarely be seen outside of a sports stadium.

Atkins, May, Saunderson saw opportunity to build something new whilst surrounded by ruin. Maybe this will give a new identity to Generation X.

And remember: reach for the lasers, safe as f—.Image

Allume’s first playlist, aww memories

This is a playlist my friend and I made over the Christmas break. It’s for a lifestyle magazine we’re trying to get up and running, but school likes to keep us from making legendary playlists. You can check out our music section at www.allumemagazine.com/music

Enjoy.

Shout out to Bis Joe!

 

1. Sex and candy – Acetronik 0:16

2. Top of the world – Ansol & Dyro 1:25

3. Fade into darkness (Albin Myers remix) – Avicii 2:27

4. Turrn the lights down (David Guetta re-work) – Daddy’s Groove 3:32

5. Just can’t stay away (original mix) – Hard rock sofa & Squire 4:42

6. I.D.G.A.F.O.S. (Original mix) – Dilon Francis 5:45

7. Daydreamer (Dillon Fracis remix) – Flux pavilion ft. Example 7:02

9. One, Two – Kario kingdom 8:16

10. Turn it down (Le Castle Vania remix) – Kaskade 9:21

11. Last Time – (Knife Party Remix) – Labrinth 10:30

12. Azuca – Tritonal & Kaeno 11:30

13. Finale – Madeon 12:38

14. Shut it down – Starkillers ft. Natalie Peris 13:36

15. Only the Horses (Calvin Harris extended mix) – Scissor Sisters 14:48

16. The Kids Will Have Their Say – Steve Aoki 15:54

17. The Edge – Swanky Tiunes & Hard Rock Sofa 16:56

18. iRok – Tom Fall 18:00

19. Public Enemy – Tony Romera 19:04

20. Slam The Door – Zedd 20:10

21. Trio – Arty, Matisse & Sadko 21:40

22. This Is Love (Afrojack Remix) – Will.I.Am ft. Eva Simons 22:42

Tritonal: The Texas duo to watch in 2013

By: Corey Savard

 

Wow, where did these guys come from?

After a breakout 2012 with two top trance remixes of electronic dance music heavy weights Cosmic Gate and Markus Schultz, are set to have an even more successful 2013.

Tritonal, two American middle-aged guys from Austin, Tex. are single handily shifting the trance genre from a drug-induced dancer’s playlist of choice to a main stage finale at some of the biggest E.D.M. festivals in Europe including the industry’s premiere event “Tomorrowland” in July.

D.J. Magazine recently ranked the duo #83 on their list of Top 100 D.J.’s of 2012 which puts them in prime position to surpass the D.J.’s who are taking a break from the E.D.M. scene to produce a new sound in order to stay relevant or those who are looking to quit altogether such as French house legend Bob Sinclair.

Here is an original mix they released back in November with lesser known D.J.’s Super 8 and Tab. A song that is getting a significant amount of air time on radio shows Hardwell on the Air, Afrojack’s Jacked and a December feature on Beatport.com.

Here’s Tritonal ft. Super 8 and Tab’s “Arc”: