The Sherp lists down 5 of the top dance music-related films ever made.
You’ve all loved their music, but there’s nothing like stepping into the shoes of your favorite artists. These movies/documentaries bring out the real life experiences of dance music artists, giving us an in-depth view into their musical journey, along with educating the viewers about the evolution of dance music.
ELECTRO WARS is a documentary on the contemporary electronic dance music movement in America. The movie features Steve Aoki, A-Trak, Pitbull, Chromeo, DJ Eclipse and even the famed DJ Qbert. So if you’re a little curious about electronic music and its beginnings, or about its sub styles, like blog house, the Electro Warsdocumentary is certainly one to look out for. The movie documents the rise of the ‘Electronic’ generation in North America and the rivalry between the then upcoming artists who have been pivotal to the evolution of music all across the globe.
TAKE ONE is a hedonistic rollercoaster that offers a glimpse into the work, play and lifestyle of Swedish House Mafia, the electronic group that are arguably one of the hottest names on the dance music scene. This intimate warts-and-all account charts the whirlwind journey of three DJs – Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso – as they tour the world, play to crowds of thousands, and create the tracks that have brought them international fame and mainstream chart success. From the on-stage euphoria of playing to entranced clubbers, to the buzz of realizing a track in intimate creative sessions, to the inevitable bickering between the guys, Take One goes beyond the music to show what binds together three friends, three artists, three pioneers, and three total individuals in an emotional ride to success as a group.
The Electric Daisy Carnival Experience
A cinematic blockbuster, the documentary concert film ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL EXPERIENCE, produced and directed by Kevin Kerslake, provides an inside peek into the dazzling world of electronic dance music culture. The film features fist-pumping performances and exclusive interviews with the world’s biggest DJs such as Kaskade, Steve Aoki and Diplo among many others.
It’s All Gone Pete Tong –
IT’S ALL GONE PETE TONG is a comedy following the tragic life of legendary Frankie Wilde. The story takes us through Frankie’s life from one of the best DJs alive, through subsequent battle with a hearing disorder, culminating in his mysterious disappearance from the scene. A genius in his own right, he clawed his way to the top of the DJ ranks, now living the opulent life of a superstar, he resides in his trophy villa in Ibiza with his trophy wife. This is when tragedy hits. Due to a hearing disorder he is rapidly going deaf with only one functioning ear to complete the new Ibiza season. Frankie dives into a low period, struggling with deafness in utter depression. After a year of locking himself away he emerges on the other side with a fresh attitude towards his affliction. He accepts his deafness and learns to function without sound. Will Frankie make it back to the DJ booth? Will his new single be any good? Will he get back his opulent old life or does he even want it back? When you can’t hear, things look very different.
High Tech Soul
HIGH TECH SOUL is the first documentary to tackle the deep roots of techno music alongside the cultural history of Detroit, its birthplace. 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. Featuring in-depth interviews with many of the world’s best exponents of the art form, High Tech Soul focuses on the creators of the genre – Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson. It looks at the relationships and personal struggles behind the music. Artists like Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Eddie Fowlkes and a host of others explain why techno, with its abrasive tones and resonating basslines could not have come from anywhere but Detroit. This is one documentary that tech house lovers should not miss.