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“Dance is one particular art form that can help sculpt a person’s identity” Released October 2017
ORIAL EDITORIAL EDITo Can you feel it? The beat in your chest, your foot starting to shake, your head becoming dizzy and your body expressing itself?
how dance will make you happier than ever. You will meet a beautiful dancer, and hopefully open your eyes and appreciate the dancing body, and talk with joyful people about music. If musick and dance are already a drug for you, what do you think about experiencing it with real drugs?
Music and dance can make you feel high without drugs. This is one of the many powers of music and dance. Our blogazine Musick looks at several aspects of how dance and music influences your life. Music can help you get back on your feet after a difficult break up, a bad moon, a rough patch. Music affects your brain in numerous ways and can even be good for your health. Bob Marley once said that there is “one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”.
Within Youth Culture, music holds a special place, for everyone and every style of music. Music and dance, you can travel without moving, you can search within yourself and find yourself. Music and dance are true expressions of art, and life itself. This blogazine will bring you into a world of beauty, sometimes sad sometimes happy but always, a world where you can express yourself however you want.
We carefully have created Musick for you. Amongst these pages you will find artists’ stories and some of the newest trends in the music world; You will discover how musick can improve your life and
Let your body do the talking, let your voice be heard, and dream away with Musick.
NES BEHIND THE SCENES BEH Elisabeth Ulla
Jing de Visser
TABLE OF CONTENTS 6
Feature story “Start your Wedsnesday with a dose of dancing at 6:30 AM”
Photo essay “Beauty in the Mundane”
Feature story “Drugs and music, side by side”
Feature story “In Tune with your Body”
Article “Fit as a Fiddle.”
Video “Strike a pose”
Photographer: Louis Ruiz
Photographer: Juliana Bernste
Start your Wednesday with a dose of dancing ZZZ.. at 6:30 AM Wake up at half past six in the morning on a yoga mat, hit the dance floor at half past seven and two hours later, to the office: Amsterdam mornings will never be the same! That is the idea of Daybreaker, a party that is held on early Wednesday mornings in Amsterdam.
The concept comes originally from New York, where it is quite common to start the day with all sorts of activities in the (very) early hours of the morning. In Amsterdam there are enough early birds willing to warm up with this morning party; the first two editions of Daybreaker Amsterdam were sold out.
Entrepreneurs Jochem van Hessen and former hockey player Floris van der Linden are on a soul-shaking mission to turn clubbing upside down and transform Amsterdam city mornings into something truly remarkable. The sunrise soirée involves no alcohol or drugs, but combines dancing with an hour-long yoga class, superfoods, and coffee.
Van Hessen and Van der Linden brought Daybreaker to the Netherlands after a friend told them about the event overseas, “In June we flew to New York to talk to the owners, and they trained us to organize the party over here,” said van Hessen.
Photographer: Jonathan David Ackaoui
Photographer: Jonathan David Ackaoui
made the atmosphere more intimate, also, it felt good to have a ‘healthy’ party with morning juices instead of alcohol or drug.” She said.
“Whoever already becomes tired of just thinking of the idea to wake up at 5 AM, should definitely go to the morning party,” said participant Elise Timons, “Of course, it is personal how you feel afterwards, but I was bursting with energy all day.’’
De Graaf agreed, ‘’It was great to realise that a party is indeed just Julian de Graaf also feels like the as fun without alcohol and drugs. A morning party is worth repeating, perfect start of the day.’’ He said. ‘’It is wonderful to start fresh at work after partying,’’ de Graaf said. The third edition will be held on Wednesday 18 October, during AmBesides the energetic start of the sterdam Dance Event. Where? That is day, the founders also want to still a secret. Daybreaker contigive the visitors a sense of com- nues to return monthly, each time munity. According to Timons, that at another location in Amsterdam. succeeded, “It was a new experience for many participants which
Daybreaker, is a 3-hour morning party. Its creators call it a “movement”. Daybreaker is organised in 16 cities around the globe: San Fransico, New York, Miami, Denver, Amsterdam, Londen, Boston, Seattle, Toronto, Chicago, Nashville, Montreal, Boulder, Shang Hai, Hong Kong.
Beauty in the Mundane
Dance is one particular art form that can help sculpt a person’s identity. However, through this discovery it is often seen that dance allows us to express ourselves without conforming us to particular stereotypes. In this photo essay we wanted to portray a ballerina breaking the typical ‘ballerina’ stereotype. Rather than her being depicted in those typical beautiful settings; with warm lighting and soft colours, we decided to show the beauty of her art form in very mundane settings. Ballet is a passion she carries with her, and it helps form her identity but it does not define her.
Drugs and music, side by side
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Clubbing, festivals and other places where you can dance all night to music. Almost everyone has a music preference, there is so much on the market. Only music alone isn’t always enough for some people, they seek a more thrilling experience. Such as, an experience with drugs. To help us get informed on drug use at music and dance events, we spoke to Beth Thomas (21) who gave her personal insight into the world of music and drugs. Thomas is originally from Wales but has lived in several places around Europe, like Luxembourg, but now is based in the Netherlands. In Wales, Thomas did not use drugs because in the United Kingdom it is a lot more dangerous. This is because it is very illegal and if you can get your hands on some, it is often not very trustworthy.
if she’s on drugs, when asked “Why glitter?” she responded “Why not?” Everywhere she goes, there is glitter. People who use drugs at parties are just more open minded “It’s a magical experience, these people are literally the nicest to you,” Thomas said. Glitter is also more accepted and no one cares, everything is just nice. And that’s one of the reasons she keeps doing it. The most important reason “It’s not that you need drugs, it’s just fucking hilarious,” she said.
When Thomas moved to Amsterdam she made friends with some people who liked to take drugs when going to parties. One night Thomas was asked if she wanted to do it as well and she thought, why not? So she did, “First experience, I liked it. After that I got to know myself more and what I liked and how I liked it.” She said. Thomas now uses drugs about once a month, but only does drugs for clubs or festivals, “I don’t need drugs to have fun” she said. When she uses drugs she prefers to take ecstasy or MDMA, “Everything is more intense, in a good way. You can literally feel music in your head.” Thomas said. One other thing that Thomas really likes is glitter, and not only
Weed is the most common drug that people use, this was the drug that is the most referred to in music history. Cocaine, acid, pills, meth, ecstasy, and heroin are also given their spots of honor on the most popular drug list.
Drugs and music have always linked together throughout history. Different music styles paired with different “drug-tastes” for people. In an interview with Noisey, Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia’s department of Psychology, Dr. Zach Walsh spoke of the significant research he has conducted on people who combine drug with music. He calls it “The peanut butter effect’ where the chocolate is good and the peanut butter is good, so you combine them and it’s good together.” He explains. “It has also to do with Novelty detection” he said. That is a part of the brain that reacts to music. What for example psychedelic drugs do is trigger the part of our brain that detects novelty, meaning that part of the drug experience is like ‘so amazing’. Stefano Parinussa (26), is the brother of Dutch rapper EZG who is known for his songs about the hooligan and football culture. He became more known when he started collaborating with the another Dutch rapper Steen who is known because of his raps about death, sickness, sex, alcohol and drugs. Parinussa does the back up for his brother when he performs live and
also helps him with shooting music videos, meaning he is quite involved in the music and drug scene. Parinussa explained that drugs use is a common thing, “Backstage everyone is taking lines and there is coke everywhere” he said. “They drink all day long and an hour before they have to perform, they will take a sniff and an hour later they feel perfectly fine to perform.” Parinussa has also been asked a few times to join, but he turned them down. “I don’t do drugs, I don’t mind, I just don’t do them myself.” His brother on the other hand was a regular drug user until a bad experience caused him slowed down on the drugs. There are a number of different drugs that are present within different music scenes. Many people also have conflicting views on drug use as a combination with music and dance events. There are always more factors involved, some people enjoy the feeling, and some just don’t use it. Perhaps we shouldn’t look at the person taking the drugs but rather look at how people use drugs and why. Every person has their own reasons.
This infographic shows the mentioned drugs at festivals on instagram from the year 2015. There were used different sources to see if along the years it changed too much, this wasn’t the case. The numbers of posts could only be found for the year 2015. The numbers are very exact and that’s why it’s interesting to see.
In Tune with your Body When you think of youth culture, naturally the desire to express yourself comes immediately to mind- and a well-established way of doing this is through music. We know that for decades young people have been relating to songs about love, heartbreak, friendship, identity. We know that fashion plays a big role here too- whether your style is punk, funk, or classic pop. But what about music affects us physically? How can it change how we express ourselves- our moods, our health? Can the music we listen to really affect our biology?
combines both of these great research areas.” says Pierdominici. “With the combination of an experienced therapist and musician, we can better cure depression, anxiety, pain, loss, loneliness and blocks.” So,
As Pierdominici explains, there are a range of techniques that can be employed to change the body, with different forms and genres affecting the outcome. A simple example she gives is receptive music listening. “If a person had a break up or lost a person, they sometimes cannot cry,” explains Pierdominici. “But if we listen to a song like ‘the scientist’ by Coldplay together, they burst into tears immediately. This will help them to have some emotional release.”
It’s an area Psychologist and Psychosomatic Therapist Valeria Pierdominici has spent years exploring at her practice, Protea Therapy. Working in partnership with musician Alfredo Genovesi, the practice is the only ‘ground floor’ mu- Aside from emotive release, just sic therapy practice in Amsterdam. how powerful is music? “As a psychotherapist and artist, I’m focused on scientific work that
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ter a more deeply relaxed state, increasing health, personal awaOn top of being able to lift your reness, and daydreaming awareness mood, even your immune system can which can be later used to estabe boosted by listening to the right blish positive behaviour changes. tunes. While this practice doesn’t replace medicine, your body can be *We make no promises”. trained to recognise certain music as immune-boosting- particularly genres like classical, or choir. This Late Night Cramming and occurs by the music increasing the number of immune markers in your Classic Hits system, prompting the growth of more antibodies to fight disease. The genre of music you listen to plays a contributing role in how your Music also plays a role in reducing body is affected. In terms of conyour stress levels which improves your centration, classical music has been overall wellbeing. Multiple studies, shown to have the highest impact on such as the one conducted by Harvard attention levels, and can even make Health Publishing, have found that us a little bit smarter (occurring calming music can lower the level at an even higher level for peopof cortisol in your brain- the natu- le who play instruments themselves). rally occurring hormone largely responsible for your ‘wound-up’ state. The benefits of listening to classical music have largely been exSo stick with your daily music, plored through a phenomenon known and no colds for you this year*. as ‘the Mozart Effect’. While the level of difference in intelligence However, Pierdominici argues the ge- has been debated, essentially this nre isn’t too important. “The style theory explores the notion that lisof music in many ways doesn’t have tening to complex classical music, much bearing on the healing quali- such as that produced by good pal ties of music, per se. …If someone Mozart, can improve short-term meintensely dislikes a certain type of mory and spatio-temporal reasoning. music or sound, no initial amount of This occurs through the ‘complex’ exposure is going to ‘heal’ them. … There isn’t music that is good music altering the frequency and amfor everyone, but music that is good plitude of brainwaves, as well as for the person experiencing it.” breathing rates. Concentration comes more easily, and both hemispheres of It’s not just music in itself that the brain are stimulated simultanecan improve health. In her prac- ously, improving information intake. tice of psychoacoustic transition therapy, Pierdominici employs the use of sound. For 24 minutes, patients listen to a ‘pink noise’ in a specific headset, to attain the benefit of a long mediation. This practice allows individuals to en-
So next time you’re in for a study sesh and head to your usual Spotify pump-up playlist to get the adrenaline going, consider instead some ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’…
Fit as a Fiddle. It’s not just a placebo affect that working out seems easier when you’ve got your tunes going. According to a study published in the Scientific American, cyclists who pedalled while listening to music used 7% less oxygen than participants who went without. The results indicated that the number of beats per minute (bpm) in a song can alter your motivation. However, this influence has a threshold of around 145bmp, so just because you’ve got your top 40 going doesn’t mean you’ll suddenly be able to finish that marathon. Those running playlists on Spotify can certainly help you train to get there though! On a deeper level, music can assist in recovering from serious injuries, such as brain damage. Research suggests that music stimulates emotional response sections of the brain nearby commonly damaged areas through trauma achieved by a stroke. Through proximity, these affected areas, typically controlling sight and sound, are stimulated as well which prompts varied levels of recovery. It’s a cliché to say that music is food for the soul, but then again, if this research tells us anything- maybe it’s not that far off.
STRIKE A POSE Carlotta Ippolito found her confidence as a performer in the dance style Vogue and the dance family House of Vineyard. Under the artist name Shiva Vineyard, she travels Europe doing what she has been loving since she was three years old; dancing and performing. The style inspired by fashion, models and Vogue Magazine makes her feel free. In this video you can take a dive into Shiva’s playground where she does like Madonna: «Strike a pose - vogue, vogue, vogue!» Click here to see Carlotta in action.
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