Former Mars Volta Frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala: ‘I Was Spending $1,000 a Week on Weed’
Here's an interesting tidbit for you. It's no secret that At the Drive-In / Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala has enjoyed imbibing in some weed, but in a new interview, the musician admits to spending $1,000 per week on the sweet leaf, calling himself "a total monster."
At the Drive-In put out some pretty experimental (not to mention extremely culturally important) music during the band's run, but things got REALLY weird when the Mars Volta began. We mean "weird" in the best way possible, as the Mars Volta achieved a level of success which no psychedelic / experimental prog band has in decades.
While speaking with Vulture for the online zine's Stoner Week series, Bixler-Zavala talks about giving up pot after using a staggering amount of the drug. "I was a total monster," Bixler-Zavala begins. "I was spending $1,000 a week on weed, and everyone I was in the band with at the time smoked as much as I did. There's so much stupid behavior caused by weed, but I always had that cliché: I needed it for creativity. I've come to realize that at the end of the day, it's only you yourself that creativity comes from. It doesn't come from weed. In this day and age, the stuff people are smoking is not necessarily even naturally grown from the ground, anyway; it's basically been altered to f--k you up and f--k you up royally. I don't even know how some people are functional after smoking this stuff."
He continues, "And it's so easy to get now, you can go to stores and buy it. I feel bad because I was always going into the stores to buy and I'd actually see AIDS patients and cancer patients there -- and here I am buying in bulk but I didn't really need it. I just thought I did. I was using it to form this stoned bubble that helped me justify not wanting to interact with people."
"The thing is, smoking weed was part of my identity," the musician adds. "My personality loved the way getting high felt. But why? I had this realization: I know what's going to happen when I smoke, I know how hungry I'm going to get, I know how much money I'm going to spend, I know I'm never going to be as high as the first time I did it, so why am I still f--king doing this? I don't want all my art and all my life to be defined by weed. I want to be known as someone who grew up a little."
Head over to Vulture to check out the full interview with Cedric Bixler-Zavala.
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