The creation of art/music in an altered state of conscious has been around for ages.
Marijuana is obviously a huge part of the American culture, but surprisingly, the impact that it has on creativity doesn’t seem to be cut and dry.
Creativity Is Not Guaranteed..But
In general, Marijuana does seem to help artists and producers achieve a general feeling of calmness, relaxation and focus, which is definitely the ultimate mood to be in when creating music.
In the brain, it enhances the production of dopamine, which reduces anxiety, nervousness and even anger. All this depends on what kind of weed (strain/potency/quality), how much of it was smoked (bowl/joint/pound) and what else might of been combined with that (alcohol or other drugs).
However, many will argue that none of this is needed. That by simply having a good night sleep and staying hydrated is all you need to help get the creative juices flowing. Even simple things like reaching out and collaborating and sharing ideas with fellow artists might be all that one needs to do, without any drugs.
But all of this really depends on the person. For some, it can really loosen up and open up their mind, improving attention to more subtle things like background sounds, ad libs, backing instruments or filters & effects.
For others, Marijuana would work against then, making the person fall asleep, get distracted or maybe even get paranoid and uncomfortable. Therefore nothing would get
done in the studio. For example, it might take a recording engineer longer than necessary to finalize a session. Two hours could easily turn into four, but then again it may fast track the next engineer, you never know.
There are many well known celebrities that have taken advantage of marijuana to help with creativity in the studio. Successful rappers like Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa know this all too well, as they pretty much stay high 24/7. Even singers across every genre do it. From Rihanna, to Alanis Morissette to Willy Nelson to Sir Paul McCartney.
Pop singer, Alanis Morissette on a recent interview with High Times Magazine said:
“As an artist, there’s a sweet jump-starting quality to
marijuana for me..” – Alanis Morissette
Singer/producer, Justin Timberlake when asked by Playboy Magazine:
“Sometimes I have a brain that needs to be turned off. Some people are just better high.” – Justin Timberlake
The legendary Paul McCartney from The Beatles told Rolling Stone magazine:
“I did a lot, and it was enough.” – Paul McCartney
Lady Gaga told 60 minutes:
“I smoke a lot of pot when I write music.” – Lady Gaga
And of course, we cannot leave out a few from the hundreds of thousands of independent artists, producers, engineers and relevant folks that contribute to the creation of music.
David James from Blind Alley Productions (via Facebook commentary):
“Doesn’t really matter what frame of mind I’m in. My flow of creativity is constant, the medium just changes. Sometimes it’s music, sometimes it’s 2D/3D art, sometimes it’s practical designs. Smoking weed has more effect on my content than on my creativity.” – David James
Eastcoast producer The Gentleman (via Facebook commentary):
“Without our smoke sessions, we would be without a lot of timeless music. Some of the best vibes in hiphop have been created with some of the various strains of bud.”– The Gentleman
Radio host and promoter Slick Worthington (via Facebook commentary):
“It definitely enhances the experience in my opinion. A talented writer / Emcee will still be talented without it…but it definitely opens creative lanes and enhances certain moods or feelings during a writing session.” – Slick Worthington
Tampa recording artist AftrrParty told us (via Facebook commentary):
“For me its more or so what i experience while stoned., smoking loud and doing dope shit is a wave., and it helps when i feel the need to breakdown an explanation to bring it to an understanding.” – AftrrParty
It Varies On The Person
So does Marijuana help artists be more creative in the studio? Well, it all comes down to the person. For most people, it seems to really help them be better at what they do. They can achieve sudden thoughts and visions that seem to come out of nowhere. Ideas of course, that if taken advantage of, could be applied into their productions.
In some cities, it is almost impossible to not find a recording studio where at least 1 person showed up either high or where they even smoked as a group during sessions.
So to sum things up, it’s simple. Creativity in the studio depends on the person and how they react to Marijuana but it’s definitely looking like a good thing for music.
Written exclusively for RobLunaMusic.com