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Press play and get comfortable: 20 emblematic electronic music movies and documentaries

To better face these though and long days, we thought of making a list of movies and documentaries in which electronic music is one of the main characters. We really hope that these documentaries will heal a bit your lockdown period, breaking your routine and making your days a little bit sweeter. These stories have undoubtedly an important place in the hearts of all the (electronic) music lovers and we wish that they'll find a place in yours too. 

 

 

  • The summer of rave (1989)

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The most representative documentary about acid house music in the UK made by the BBC. At the end of the 1980s, the club culture here began to take shape in the context of the end of the communist era.

 


 

 

 

  • The story of the Street Rave (1990)

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The journey of this movie takes us through the history of the last 20 years of the UK clubbing scene. Most interestingly, the documentary points very well the path of British rave culture. Many artists like Carl Cox, Iain Boney Clark or Graeme Park are sharing their sincere stories.

 


 

 

 

  • Detroit The Blueprint Of Techno (late 1990’s)

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Originally from Germany, Techno went beyond its borders and began to develop in Detroit in the mid-1980s, making this city as popular as Berlin. In this documentary, a lot of the important names from this area, such as Carl Craig, Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and many others, tell us catchy stories about techno movements.

 

 

 

 

  • Dutch gabber (1995)

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The action is taking place in Rotterdam. Lola Da Musica has made a short documentary presenting the Dutch hardcore scene, images that perfectly capture the experiences of the ravers of that time and how they were partying. At the same time, you will see Paul Elstak, one of the important names in this scene, and DJ Ruffneck from Ruffneck Alliance.

 

 

 

 

  • Love is the message (1995)

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Even it is in German, this is an excellent Love Parade documentary to watch, a film made by Tommy Grube that managed to capture the 90's moments of the most popular electronic music festival and techno parade in Germany. This event was held for the first time in 1989 and all started in Berlin, as host town. In 2010 was the last edition of this festival, due to a crowd crush that caused the death of 21 people and many others injured. Besides the German artists, there were performing also two other big names in the electronic music scene, such as Rhadoo in 1999 and Raresh in 2007.

 

 

 

 

  • Music is my drug (1996)

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The documentary was produced by Martin Meissonnier & Jean Jacques Flori. Shot in four locations, very diverse as culture, Goa, Israel, UK and Japan, the images speak about what the musical movement of Psychedelic Trance means.

 

 

 

 

  • Universal Techno (1996)

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Detroit's techno music scene has become one of the most popular in the world. For 1 hour, this French documentary brings us in contact with the fascinating path of techno.

 

 

 

 

  • Human Traffic (1999)

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This movie has both a dramatic side and a comedy side, in which it is presented to us the life of five friends, young people for whom, after work, on Friday, means going to the club, and their attraction was recreational drugs. A highlight of this film is the presentation of the British rave scene of that period.

 

 

 

  • The Chemical Generation (2000)

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The history of the acid house and rave in the UK is presented by Boy George. This documentary gets together the stories of the club culture revolution since the ‘80s and how British young people meet with MDMA and ecstasy, as dealers or clubbers.

 

 

 

  • It’s All Gone Pete Tong (2004)

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This is one of the most appreciated films in this area, a British-Canadian production, which is based on the real story of DJ Paul Kaye who at some point he completely became deaf. The character Frankie Wilde, a British music producer and artist who performs in Ibiza, experiences different states with this body change, seems to have lost control over his life and in these conditions he is gradually trying to regain those important parts that he had lost in this period: appreciation as an artist, his job and his wife.

 

 

 

 

Moog (2004)

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Hans Fjellestad directed a documentary about Dr. Robert Moog who was one of the pioneers of the electronic instrument. He invented what is called the Moog synthesizer.

 

 

 

 

  • Disco: Spinning the Story (2005)

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We have to admit that the disco offered another face to the music. In this documentary, Gloria Gaynor presents the phenomenon together with the featured interviews by Donna Summer, George Clinton, the disco group Village People and many others.

 

 

 

 

  • Feiern (2006)

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The English name of this movie is "Don't forget to go home". We meet here with the story of 72 hours of partying in a city known for its nightlife, Berlin. The pictures manage to capture both the good and the bad parts of the mix between regular life and partying in the weekend in clubs such as Club Der Visonaere, Watergate, Bar 25 or Berghain. All are fully completed by the interviews offered by Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Nick Höppner and Ewan Pearson.

 

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  • High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music (2006)

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Directed by Gary Bredow, the documentary covers all the historical periods of techno in Detroit and also by the interviews of great artists such as Carl Craig, Jeff Mills, Juan Atkins, Richie Hawtin, it offers a great overview of what techno sounds and culture means.

 

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  • Berlin Calling (2008)

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The movie main character, DJ Ickarus, is played by the well-known German artist Paul Kalkbrenner. This video piece presents the artist, a drug consumer, who was often hospitalized for this reason. These things make him lose his girlfriend and at the same time, the record label with which he collaborates cancels the partnership with him. Nevertheless, he manages to release a remarkable album of electronic music.

 

 

 

 

  • Kraftwerk & The Electronic Revolution (2008)

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Kraftwerk is a symbol when you talk about electronic music. This German band was formed in 1970 and their incredible story presented in this documentary will allow us to understand how these guys manage to inspire other artists such as Radiohead or Coldplay and how they popularize this music genre.

 

 

 

 

  • Slices: Pioneers of Electronic Music - Richie Hawtin (2011)

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Richie Hawtin is one of the successful artists and a complete artist. Producer and DJ, his career is a great inspiration and his music is well-known all over the world. This documentary allows us to get to know Richie Hawtin much better, the videos and the interviews will tell an interesting story of his personal and artistic life.

 

 

 

 

  • Sub Berlin – The Story of Tresor (2014)

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Tresor is one of the most legendary clubs in Berlin which was opened in 1999, an unconventional place, located in the basement of a building, which in the past was a bank vault. Besides the history of the location, we will enjoy the interviews of important artists such as Sven Väth or Atkins, as well as those of the people who contributed to the creation of the club's story.

 

 

 

 

  • Why we DJ - Slaves to the rhythm (2017)

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A 40” documentary that explores the link between the DJs psychology, their creativity, passion and lifestyle. The interviews featured by Pete Tong, Seth Troxler, Carl Cox or Luciano, will help us to understand the ups and downs of a DJ career and life.

 

 

 

 

  • Everybody In The Place - An Incomplete History of Britain 1984 -1992 (2019)

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This is a documentary produced by the Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller. The movie's author successfully managed to analyze rave and acid house movements in the UK during '80s-'90s. The selection of archive materials chosen, presents the journey in time during a period of social changes, with protest movements, a time when rave parties were illegal.

 

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Enjoy! Stay home, and stay safe!

 

 

Words by: Miruna Ioana Dan

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Live streamings against COVID-19: the show must go on! #stayhome

In a period when we face the desire to be healthy and keep our smile, music is what creates for us a world where we can temporarily forget about the current problems. As you know already, most of the events which should have taken place in the next months are postponed or cancelled. The safety of visitors, artists, and crew goes above all and is the most important at this moment. 

So for the next period, which we hope will be as short as possible, we will try to ease your lockdown, sharing with you the best live streams and initiatives from all over the world.

 

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Saturday, March 14, 2020 ** Guesthouse Livestream: Saturday Night Fever w/ Cap & Miss I

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With a history of more than 9 years, Romanian institution Guesthouse shows once again his appreciation for the public and continues its story of club nights, by inviting two of the most well-known Romanian artists who always have amazed the crowd delivering top-notch vibes: Cap and Miss I.

Event link:
https://www.facebook.com/clubguesthouse/


 

  

 

 Wednesday, March 18, 2020 ** Misbits: 7 Years Anniversary

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Founded in 2013 in Bucharest, Misbits is a record shop, where, besides selling vinyl, are oftentimes organized some live stream events and small parties. The line-up is fully made of Romanian underground artists, including Chill D, Alexincase, Shu, Prophet, Melody, Paul Popa, Cristi Ivan.

Event link:
https://www.facebook.com/events/616200099171107/

 

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 ** Olaru @ Fruits & Beats

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Fruits & Beats Livestream is a well-known channel in the electronic panorama and it was created by Zebra Booking Agency. For their Wednesday's stream, they've invited Olaru, who has performed alongside with big names such as Stefano Noferini, Luca M, Carlo Lio, Hector, Alex Kennon, Joey Daniel.

Event link: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/657461291667063/  

 

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 6 PM UTC+1 ** Yoyaku Instore Sessions

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For this week's Yoyaku Instore session, the Paris-based label has invited one of his most representative artists: Janeret. The French DJ and producer is famous for crafting delicious spacey deep and dub techno space-floating tracks and we're sure that his vibes will heal your quarantine. So make you sure to tune tomorrow, March 19th for an exclusive session from a real music astronaut.

Event link: 
http://www.yoyaku.live

 

 

Friday, March 20, 2020 ** The Lab LDN with Session Victim

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The Lab London is organized by Mixmag and Coors Light. For this edition of live streaming, they have invited the German guys from Session Victim. This duo was founded in 2007 and their live sets always describe a high level of pure energy. With a strong electronic music background, they are now providing an interesting mixture of house, disco, soul and jazz vibes.

Event link:
https://www.facebook.com/events/546678352906488/  

 

 

Friday, March 20, 2020 ** ARTREFORM with JOSS

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Kyiv electronic music powerhouses, Artreform record label and Entrallmusic studio and vinyl room, announce their debut partnership. This Friday, March 20, you are invited to a live stream of Joss playing a boutique home party. As always, solid vibes, decent grooves, vinyl only, and cosy atmosphere guaranteed! Stay healthy, wash your hands, and don't forget to tune in this Friday, March 20, 7PM EET.

Event link:
https://www.facebook.com/Entrallmusic/photos/a.159930088164812/650782392412910/

 

 

Friday, March 20, 2020 ** 6 PM CMT+1 The Lockdown will be televised w/ Per Hammar, Olga Korol, Lenny from Zendid & friends

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Dirty Hands and Body Parts records are joining forces to provide an 8-hour livestream from Berlin, directly from Per Hammar's living room. Some friendly, washed your Dirty hands crazy music are expected. 

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Lenny (Zendid), Olga KorolPer HammarCezstevn.aint.leavnThomas Romain

 Event link :
https://www.facebook.com/events/2826539597467322/

 

 

Friday, March 20, 2020 ** 6 PM GMT  Mall Grab livestream

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Just annouced on Instagram, Jordon Alexander well known under his artist nickname Mall Grab will be on air this Friday, delivering the vibe we know he is good at, spreading the love from his Facebook and Youtube pages. 

 

 

Saturday, March 21, 2020 – 7 PM UTC+0 ** Guesthouse Livestream: Saturday Night w/ G76 and Dan Andrei

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Guesthouse strikes again against quarantine time. For this episode, they’ve invited another two appreciated Romanian artists, G76 and Dan Andrei. Their charisma and delightful sounds will make us dance and feel more optimistic.

Event link: 
https://www.facebook.com/clubguesthouse/

 

  

Sunday, March 22, 2020 ** HEION Records + FLMB Podcast

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For the end of this week, Heion Records in collaboration with FLMB Podcast are preparing an explosive live streaming session with two talented Portuguese artists: Berllioz and Nebulaee. There will be 8 hours of quality house and techno music, full of flawless tracks and vibrating breaks.

Event link:
https://www.facebook.com/FLMBPODCAST/

 

 

Sunday, April 5, 2020 – 4 PM – 6 PM UTC+0 ** Óyeme Livestream

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We are happy to announce that our resident DJs, the unique duo Óyeme, planned on April 5 to share with all of us their groovy sounds, a time that will create for sure a deep moody atmosphere. Their elegant technique always delivers mesmerizing vibes and is truly appreciated by the music lovers.

Event link:
https://www.facebook.com/oyememusic/

 

 

Radio Kanvas.fm 

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Kanvas.fm represents something more than a web radio, their frequencies provide 24/7 quality music. The devoted team describes their radio as “an endless blend of the finest soundscapes”.

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Sunrise Hub

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And last but not least, we recommend you to keep your eyes (and ears) on the weekly live streaming done by our dear friends from Sunrise Hub.

Event link: 
https://www.facebook.com/snrshub/

 

 

  

Stay healthy and keep on dancing!

 

Words by Miruna Ioana Dan & Dylan AM

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Hide&Seek Festival Unveil First Names for 2020 Edition!

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After a hugely successful debut in 2019, Manchester’s Hide&Seek Festival has announced its return for 2020!  Taking place on September 5th in the lavish, beautiful surroundings of Capesthorne Hall in the Cheshire countryside, the first names have now been revealed for the return of this intimate affair!

 

The unique setting of Capesthorne Hall overlooks three lakes, stunning formal gardens and once again promises to host a unique, breath-taking experience that simultaneously puts you at one with music and nature!

A truly first-class and carefully hand-picked selection of house, techno, disco, and minimal superstars will lead the way on the day, with the unstoppable French trio Apollonia lining up next to underground heroes like Sonja Moonear and Raresh, who have stripped-back styles that are sure to take you on a heady, rhythmic trip. Frenchman Jeremy Underground will bring his bottomless record bag for everything from rare soul and funk to finest deep house!

Then come Dutch house duo Detroit Swindle; fearsome duos such as VOIGT.MAS (Voigtmann & John Dimas), Spokenn (Ferro & Reiss) and Ingi Visions (Samuel Deep & Julian Alexander). There is more from cult American groove maker Gene on Earth, fast-rising Frenchman Sweely with his unique live set, Leeds legend and Back to Basics resident Tristan da Cunha and a special guest yet to be announced! Add to this emerging selectors who have broken onto the scene in style, of whom are at the forefront of a new generation of talent; You&Me frontman Josh Baker, scouse duo UZU from MODU:LAR, Real Gang head honcho and Slapfunk resident Miller & Beeyou records bossman / Infuse resident Laidlaw, all bringing their new wave sounds to the festivities!

The organisers behind Hide&Seek have promised they’ll maintain the close-knit family feeling which made for one of the stand-out moments of last years, keeping numbers consistent and comfortable with a limited capacity. As ever, only the highest standard sound system will be in effect whilst production and stage concepts will be stepped up another gear!

 

Early bird tickets are available here but be quick, we anticipate these selling in double quick time and you really wouldn’t want to miss out on one of the standout events of 2020, would you…..?!

 

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Line-Up (A-Z)

 

Apollonia (Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom, Shonky) 

Detroit Swindle

Gene On Earth 

Ingi Visions (Samuel Deep & Julian Alexander) 

Jeremy Underground 

Josh Baker 

Laidlaw 

Miller

Raresh 

Sonja Moonear 

Special Guest

Spokenn (Ferro & Reiss)

Sweely 

Tristan Da Cunha 

VOIGT.MAS (Voigtmann & John Dimas)

 

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SUNRISE 24 HOURS: FAIRY TALE IN LONDON

Taking a look at Sunrise's journey, we can say that dreams can come true. If all started with a small team and not so many possibilities of good communication with artists, after 12 years, Sunrise means now a big family, people who share their musical tastes and who are linked by common passions.

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Everyone has heard about Sunrise, about its events, about its artists who always surprise us with their performances. What we probably don't have any idea, is that behind all these works, there is a team so creative and dedicated, each having his place and developing every detail to offer Sunrise quality moments.

Besides all you know, if you wonder what Sunrise can do more, they recently started a new project of live streaming. Every week, they surprise us with one artist who is invited and performs live from Sunrise Hub, their new home. You definitely should keep an eye on this!

 

 
 

              This early spring, Sunrise visits London for a 24 hours wave of music that will give us the experience of pure vibes and happiness. SNRS24 will take place on March 21, at FOLD, where the fairy tale will be told by some of the most well-known and beloved artists:

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Cap

 

 

Gescu

 

 

Herodot

 

Ion Ludwig

 

Lizz

 

Priku

 

Thierry

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Sunrise means more than a brand, it is something that always reminds you of epic memories and feeds your good feeling, in this way you always want to come back to their events.

Let’s start this spring together in the most exciting way. See you at SNRS24!

 

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Apollonia showcase in Belgian club Ampere

One of the most acclaimed super-groups in the underground music scene are the Frenchmen Apollonia, a trio that has maintained an unsurpassed level in terms of technique, performance and top-notch selection throughout the years. The guys of Apollonia will arrive in Belgium this Friday, as they play at the renowned Ampere nightclub in Antwerp for what is set to be a massive night of endless grooves, smiles and hands up moments on the dancefloor.

 

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The team composed by Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom, and Shonky constantly delivers impeccable sets that drive crowds into a realm of beautiful sounds across the globe. Warm-up duties will be taken care of by Pirrès a name that has gained recognition in the local Dutch scene, as he builds the momentum as the night progresses with his unique selection of house-infused grooves. The elegant music, charisma and dynamic format of Apollonia’s B2B2B approach always brings the best energy and material to the dancefloor. 

 

 

 
 

Few names in the industry can manage to be as widely recognized and yet remain true to their craft as Apollonia. The trio’s constant drive as selectors and producers has gained them their well-deserved respect across the globe and eventually led to the creation of their very own self-titled label Apollonia in 2012, as an outlet for their productions and a platform for collaboration with established and rising talent alike. The Apollonia label and DJ collective continue to seduce audiences with their distinctive, sophisticated, and timeless blend of house with an unmistakably French edge and elegance. 

 

 

 

The French super-group has delivered top quality music for years now and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. Apollonia’s characteristic style and charisma, despite the vast number of artists scattered all around the world, are among the most exciting between all the DJ performances to witness in the electronic music panorama. Join us for another spectacular evening at Ampere, a night that is sure to resonate in time and souls.

 

 

 

 

 

Words by Daniel Ordonez

 

 
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