Although Coldplay’s music makes it clear that they have never been a source of inspiration, magic mushrooms have exerted an important philosophical-existential influence on their singer, Chris Martin. He said this in a new episode of the podcast ‘You made it weird’ by comedian Pete Holmes after he asked him if he had ever taken psychotropic substances.
“Only once, with magic mushrooms,” replied the famous British artist, who apparently not only enjoyed the experience but also led him to a certain existential epiphany. “I loved it, and that was good… it somehow confirmed my suspicions about the universe. For me it was in the plan, ‘okay, yes, what I thought seems to be true’.
I felt like, after that trip, I had really gotten the confirmation I needed about what I think of what the universe is like, so I don’t need to do it again. But I think, for other people, the effect is always incredible.”
However, Martin did not want to make an explicit apology for these entheogens. “I’m not very much about drugs and alcohol, they hinder my relationship with music. Some people use them to compose and it works for them.
But for me, it’s not like that.” In addition, he assured us that music can also make you feel a psychedelic journey without the need to ingest any drugs, referring to the album of electronic musician Jon Hopkins ‘Music for Psychedelic Therapy’, which he described as “a reminder that you do not really need to take anything to get to that place”.
Another famous pop artist who was revealed to have had a journey of magic mushrooms, although somewhat less enjoyable than Chris Martin’s, was former One Direction singer Harry Styles, who took them while recording his next second album in Los Angeles.
“I ate them mixed with chocolate and started listening to Paul McCartney’s album ‘Ram’. It got so high that I bit the tip of my tongue. And there I saw myself, singing the songs on the record with a lot of blood coming out of my mouth. What good memories,” he said with his British phlegm.
The Colombian Juanes have also had intense experiences with hallucinogens. “Any human being should experiment with ayahuasca at some point in their life,” he said in an interview with ABC. “It’s not something to party with friends but to have an introspective journey that takes you deep into your being, to explore your consciousness.
I also tried the magic mushrooms with Karen, my wife, and it was the most impressive thing in the world. We were very nervous, we were very afraid of what could happen. And in the end, it became a very beautiful introspective journey between the two, which to this day we remember as something very beautiful. But you have to do it in the right context.”
Other unexpected guests to this club are the Spaniards Taburete, who alluded to the theme in the title of their album ‘Madame Ayahuasca’. “We drank ayahuasca all together in the rehearsal room, with a doctor friend just in case, and although there were bad and overwhelming moments because you vomit and it seems to you that it is not vomiting but bad things in your life.
But it’s an incredible thing because you lose track of who you are. You lose your body, your layers of personality, and you stay in the most basic purity, a purity that helps you understand things from your past. Without recommending it, because it is something delicate, if more people tried it they would change many things for the better, and many hatreds would end because it is a plant of love.
But above all, we do not want to make an apology for drugs,” Willy Bárcenas told this newspaper. They had already tried other hallucinogens such as magic mushrooms, or even some “stronger” that they did not like salvia Divinorum, but with ayahuasca, they lived a “very spiritual and mystical” experience, said his partner Antón Carreño.
Needless to remember, many musicians have sought this type of experience since the sixties. Including The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, the Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, jazz artists like John Coltrane, and of course the Beatles themselves. “I had such an overwhelming sense of well-being, that I knew there was a God, and I could see him in every blade of grass. It was like gaining hundreds of years of experience in twelve hours,” Harrison said of his first LSD trip.
Paul McCartney had similar revelations: “It opened my eyes to the fact that there is a God. It is obvious that God is not in a pill, but he explains the mystery of life. It was truly a religious experience. LSD began to find its way into everything we did. It colored our perceptions. I think we started to realize that there weren’t as many borders as we thought there were. We realized we could break down barriers.”
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