Musicians and drugs have a long-standing relationship, and it seems as though a high percentage of musicians have problems with addiction and often publically face the consequences of their problem. One of the latest rising stars to suffer the consequences of a drug addiction is Zachary Cole Smith of the indie rock band DIIV. In 2013, Smith was arrested in Saugerties, NY, along with his girlfriend, model and pop star Sky Ferreira, for drug possession (ecstasy and heroin) and driving violations.
Recently, about a year after the event, Smith spoke openly about the experience, his addiction, and its impact on Ferreira's career in a lengthy interview for Stereogum. Smith says he feels really guilty about the whole event, especially the unwarranted consequences for Ferreira.
Smith is part of the band DIIV, whose debut album Oshin in 2012 was a breakout hit and led to the band becoming one a promising indie rock bands, and he a rising star. They are currently working on their second album and staging their first US headlining tour, which will give them space to workshop new material for the second album.
Smith admits to being completely at fault, and says no blame should be contributed to Ferreira. He admits to owning all the dugs, that he stole the car, and that he was driving even though he already had an arrest warrant for driving without a license. Ferreira, according to Smith, did nothing wrong. She was ordered to attend anger management classes, and he was court-ordered to attend rehab for his addiction. The real consequences to Ferreira was the damage to her career, he feels
A passanger in the car
In the article, he stated, "Basically I was just stupid. I f****d up, and it was entirely my fault, and I f****d up my girlfriend's life. She literally didn't do anything wrong. She basically was just a passenger in the car with a person who was out of control for a minute. She got in deep sh**…Her career got really f****d up because everybody thought she was a drug addict, which she's absolutely not. That's the worst part of it for me, that I really f****d her over." Smith feels guilty because people believe that she is also a drug addict, even though she is not. Furthermore, she lost several modeling contracts because of her arrest, which could hurt her career in the long run. She was able to self-finance the release of her album Night Time, My Time through these contracts. However, instead of feeling angry with Smith, she admits to her own fault: she willingly got into the car with him.
Smith emphasized in the article how great Ferreira has been to him throughout the whole ordeal. He feels many people would have left, especially with the consequences to her career, but that Ferreira stayed and offered him the support he needed. Smith also acknowledges the consequences for his own career, and that of his band. He recognizes that his legal problems have affected DIIV's tour, as well as imbued the band with a negative reputation and an association with drugs. Rather than being known for their music, the band is now known for having a drug addict that was arrested.
Forbidden makes it more tempting
In the interview, Smith also discussed his long struggle with addiction. He said he has abused various substances, but the one to which he constantly returns to is heroin. In his words, heroin is "this ultimate forbidden thing, and that makes it the most tempting thing around." He has gone through treatment and remains in therapy, but he recognizes that it is a long journey that will take a long time to fully recovery. He says he is doing his best and working hard to overcome his addiction.