Aussie DJ producer Anna Lunoe has been making waves here in the States since her memorable Coachella 2014 set out in the Southern California desert. Now, she sits down with Skillex’s Nest HQ family for a quick on-camera chat. In the latest third episode in this ongoing artist-driven series, In The Nest delves into Lunoe’s songwriting process, her early days as a radio station volunteer, and DJing as a form of meditation.
In a new short film from Amsterdam’s Dekmantel festival, UK-based Hessle Audio boss Ben UFO discusses the way in which his sideline as a British radio DJ shapes what he does in the club. Chatting about the formation of his label and his early show on Sub FM, UFO speaks about how radio like UK tastemaker Rinse FM has shaped his DJ career and his journey from dubstep through to house and techno via jungle. There’s even a chance to snoop through some of his latest vinyl purchases, and a quick cameo from his Hessle Audio pal Pearson Sound.
Looking for the Perfect Beat is a new feature-length film documenting the Los Angeles-based beat music community, centered around the influential Low End Theory club night. Captured during the summer of 2013, the movie covers Southern California’s leading sound technicians including Thundercat, the Gaslamp Killer, TOKiMONSTA (shown above), Jonwayne, Baths, Daedelus, and Teebs, among others.
Barcelona, at the moment, has a pulsating underground electronic music scene. Maybe it’s the gorgeous weather. Maybe it’s the vibrant Spanish culture and their historic city. Maybe it’s their creative, collaborative spirit. More likely, it’s a loose combination of sorts. Regardless, as you’ll see, it’s a particularly wonderful time to be there. In a new seven-minute mini-doc called Made In Barcelona, Red Bull Music Academy investigates a few of the Catalan capital’s key musical institutions including John Talabot’s Hivern Discs (launched in 2008), the Piknic Electronik festival, and the Sónar festival, as well as the Spanish artists, producers, and DJs that make the city’s heart beat strong.
“Tokyo’s a puzzle and the rules are always changing, throw yourself in at the deep end and make sense of it,” narrates global music tastemaker Gilles Peterson in the latest installment in the New Music Cities documentary series. Uncovering Tokyo’s rising underground music scene, the engaging, seven-minute mini-doc sponsored by Dazed and AllSaints features Japanese electronic soundscape producer Emuf*cka, subterranean female producer and vocalist Sapphire Slows, and instrumental rock trio Nisennenmondai.
Need a good long laugh to liven up your mid-week adventure? Look no further. We’ve absolutely got your covered. LA-based electronic dance music discovery platform Boomrat has just released a new viral video called Leatherhouse where an overweight Jewish man’s fetishistic obsession with music and leather has taken the dance world by storm. Featuring wry comedian Joshua “The Fat Jew” Ostrofsky, the three-minute DJ spoof goes behind-the-leather to investigate this all-build-up, no-bass sub-genre “sweeping the nation.”
London-based electronic artist Max Cooper, 34, loves to combine sound and vision. And why not? They go together perfectly, as evidenced in a new video collaboration he’s done for his latest single “Seething” alongside UK-based visualist Andy Lomas. Originally released on Cooper’s acclaimed 2014 album Human, “Seething” mixes together with “Cellular Forms,” a digital simulation study that demonstrates the teeming, unstoppable, and unrelenting propagation of life. Heady stuff to be sure, but it goes together well like strawberry jam on toast.
What does it mean to be an electronic music producer or a DJ in the modern digital age? That’s exactly the question that director Eduardo De La Calle set out to explore in his new full-length documentary Beatz.
Breakbeat era, indeed. Celebrating its two landmark decades in the global drum & bass game, iconic UK imprint Metalheadz have dropped a new, nine-minute documentary entitled 20 Years Of Metalheads: The Future. Leading off with candid insights from its talisman himself Goldie, director Lyle Lindgren spotlights some of the up-and-coming artists leading the label forward at the moment including Jubei, Lenzman, Mako, Ulterior Motive, and more.
More clubbing. More controversy Down Under. In a new 28-minute mini-documentary Bodycrash, director Adrian Ortega captures Melbourne’s burgeoning underground club culture, its signature bounce sound, and the “juicy wiggle” dance craze, as well as addressing some of the scene’s ongoing challenges including rampant drug-use, underage clubbing, and more. Upon its release a few weeks ago, Bodycrash received harsh criticism from pundits within the Aussie scene for not truly representing its people, its clubs, and its culture.