It would be truly interesting to see how each and one of us found their way into the world of electronic music. I guess nowadays most people are attracted to the rave scene but not everyone gets really into it with exploring the boundaries within this culture. One of the easiest ways to learn about things is to probably watch movies or documentaries. Sometimes it is more pleasant to see things than rather think about them and to over-think. And of course, winter is perfect to sit in front of computer or TV and watch your favourite show. Since winter is slowly but surely knocking on our doors, we've decided to bring you a list of five movies and documentaries about electronic music and its history. We'll help you to get thru those cold days with a whole bunch of quality material that will maybe help you discover a thing or two about this beautiful genre.
Pump Up The Volume
Our number one choice was no-brainer. "Pump Up The Volume" is one of the most important and most influential documentaries about the history of electronic music. Across the two and half hours, you can expect insights on early innovators, warehouse parties, commercial success and the influence of drug culture. Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Frankie Knuckles and Marshall Jefferson are just some of the superstar names that are sharing their thoughts in this movie. "In the Beginning There Was Jack..."
Resident Advisor: Origins
Resident Advisor has a short series of documentaries called "Origins". We really liked these couple of videos that are showing the other perspective about the artists that eventually became successful. It's really inspiring to see the stories and background of DJ's that were once just a regular people that worked hard and had same struggles as most of us have. DVS1, Eats Everything, Black Coffee, Chris Liebing, Magda and Jackmaster are just some of the artists that are taking us on a brief journey into their past. We really recommend you to watch these mini-documentaries which will maybe help you see things from other direction. Also, make sure that you watch other RA documentaries such as "Between The Beats" And "Real Scenes".
High Tech Soul
If "Pump Up The Volume" is kind of a respect to the disco era and it is showing the birth of house music, then "High Tech Soul" is a monument to Detroit and the beginning of techno music. From the race riots of 1967 to the underground party scene of the late 1980s, Detroit’s economic downturn didn’t stop the invention of a new kind of music that brought international attention to its producers and their hometown. The three creators of the genre – Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson are leading the story and talking about the relationships and struggles. Thru different in-depth interviews with artists such as Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Carl Craig and Eddie Fowlkes you get the idea why techno, could not have come from anywhere but Detroit.
The Art Of The DJ
While most of these iconic documentaries about electronic music were created in 90's, there are still some new ones that are worth seeing. "The Art Of The DJ" is a brilliant movie about how electronic music became a world phenomenon thru the eyes of one of the best DJ's out there - Steve Lawler. This story is slightly different because it is more like a biography of Steve and his journey. It is a brutally honest story of what it takes to become a superstar and how easy can it get carried away. Everything about this piece of art is great, the way how it is written, the amount of truth that has been told, the superstars that are co-starring in the documentary as well as the soundtrack that really gives an extra touch. This one is not available to watch via Youtube, but you can get it quite cheap via Vimeo stream service HERE.
Yeah we know, you've probably already watched "Berlin Calling", but, if somehow you didn't manage to watch it, then this is the first thing that you need to do in the morning. "Berlin Calling" is an iconic movie because of multiple things. First, it's a movie whose main star is great Paul Kalkbrenner and it's happening, yes you guessed it, in electronic music mecca - Berlin. It's really a special movie that not only showcases temptations of the notorious Berlin party scene, but also the life of a DJ/producer struggling to come up with creative spark among the partying and drug use. What really makes this movie a spectacular one is a soundtrack which is just incredibly good. Let us just say "Sky And Sand". Hopefully, we've come up with a list of documentaries and movies that you haven't already watched, but if you did, then it is time to watch them again!