EDM music in films and documentary
There is nothing that can separate music and films, regardless of the genre of music. When a good movie and music come together, they create an incredible experience both emotional and intellectual. Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is known for bringing individuals together on a significant scale from its house beginnings to the current EDM labelling. The movement has spread its wings to influence a lot of movies, documentaries and TV series that are a must watch for the avid fan. These movies and TV series are a true testament of where it all started for EDM and where it is headed.
Interstella 5555 (2003)
Anyone who loves music knows the animated house musical created by Daft Punk for their album “Discovery.” This was Daft Punk’s second studio album and featured what their greatest hits “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and “One More Time.” Each track of this iconic album is a chapter in this film. The film revolves around a futuristic interstellar pop band and the struggles that they face: this involves their abduction, adventure and ultimate rescue. The film has minimal sound effects and no dialogue to maintain the focus on the music. The animated characters create a pivotal point of this iconic album. Interstella 5555 is a sixty-five-minute long movie and is a must watch for the real Daft Punk fan.
Pump Up the Volume – The History of House Music (2001)
Pump Up the Volume is a TV series that features some of the individuals who led to the house music revolution from its underground platform humble beginnings to the concert filling and nightly basis dance movement. The film is a bit dated and only brings us to the mid-90s but features some of the dance heavyweights like Marshal Jefferson, Frankie Knuckles and Jesse Saunders and many others. This TV series is a Chicago to London journey and explains the history of House Music…
It’s all Gone Pete Tong (2004)
This is a comedy film that was released in 2004 that follows the fictitious life of DJ Frankie Wilde, who is an up and coming DJ cum producer who abuses drug and parties like a mad man who uses Bet365 bonus codes. All goes well if partying and drugs are your thing until he loses his hearing abilities in one ear and eighty percent on the other. He undergoes a depressing struggle of trying to regain his hearing abilities and his career as a DJ. He eventually gives up and comes to terms that he is practically deaf and trains to become the best DJ in Ibiza. The movie features some of the industry’s best DJs in Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Pete Tong and Carl Cox among plenty others.
Electronic Awakening (2011)
This film is an accurate reflection on the spiritual side of EDM Music and its relationship with different world cultures. This movie takes a look at the first synthesizer and how the unique sound changed the music industry, the film then connects its relation with mystical aspects and religion. The movie goes further to compare the electronic music movement and other movements across the globe. It relates to those individuals that have gone through a life-altering event at a festival or show. This film with resonate with you in one way or another.
Leave The World Behind (2014)
This film follows the world renowned Swedish House Mafia trio of Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell and Steve Angelo as they literally leave the world behind with their last performance as a group during their “One Last Tour” event. This marked the largest tour in history with over one million tickets sold in just one single week. The film is directed by Christian Larson and captures the band’s decision to complete their life’s biggest achievement as a way of saving their friendship. The group lives a very unhealthy and extreme lifestyle going by the events in the film. You get to relieve some of their best memories and intimate experience by watching it.
Idris Elba’s How Music Clubbing Changed the World (2012)
This documentary follows Idris Elba, a famous actor and DJ and takes viewers on a historical and cultural journey through the clubbing culture from its beginnings in the United States to its growth in the United Kingdom. Boy George, Frankie Knuckles, Katy B, David Guetta and Carl Cox are all featured in this film and talks about the industry and what it will become in the future.
Currently there is the talk of An EDM based Simon Cowell production to be known simply as “Ultimate DJ”. This is definitely going to introduce new fans to the electro stage and continue the growth of this phenomenon.