12 Electronic Music Movies

Being immersed in the current state of electronic music, I’m always wondering why things are the way they are, how things came to be, and how things used to be. It’s cool to see the most influential DJs and producers on stage, but cooler to hear from them in interviews. That said, I’d like to share a list of 12 movies related to the electronic music scene/industry — these are in no particular order; however, my personal favorites are the first three.


1. Berlin Calling
“A man tours clubs around the globe with his manager and girlfriend. On the eve of their largest album release he is admitted to a psychiatric clinic after overdosing at a gig.” -IMDb


2. Groove
“An inside look into one night in the San Francisco underground rave scene.” -IMDb


3. Above & Beyond: Giving Up the Day Job
“Story of the british trance legends Above & Beyond as they give up their DJ career a while for an acoustic journey across the world.” -IMDb


4. Speaking in Code
“Speaking in Code is an account of people who are lost in music. Director Amy Grill follows a series of characters (including her techno-obsessed husband) over a number of years as some struggle to make it while others thrive in the world of electronic music. The film reveals six intertwined character studies and raw vérité views of new music. It’s a window into a world filled with warehouse parties, endless gigs, international travel, risks, inventions, triumphs and breakdowns.”


5. Limelight
“A documentary on former New York City club owner Peter Gatien.” -IMDb


6. It’s All Gone Pete Tong
“A famous DJ in the Ibiza club scene finds the alcohol and drug-fueled party that is his life threatened by the progressive loss of his hearing.” -IMDb


7. No Cameras Allowed
“No Cameras Allowed is a documentary that follows James Marcus Haney’s journey of breaking into music festivals and inserting himself into the world of some of the biggest names in the industry.” -IMDb


8. Leave The World Behind
“A music documentary following the last tour of the band Swedish House Mafia in 2012/2013, the film tells a story of friendship and huge success.” -IMDb


9. Daft Punk Unchained
“Documentary about the entire career of Daft Punk, from their start in early 90’s with their first group called Darlin’, until their grammy awards in 2014. We learn how the artists have built their music, their image and all aspects of their inspiration.” -IMDb


10. Modulations
“The evolution of electronic music and its many genres. How the wide range of styles and scenes formed through experimentations on sound formation.” -IMDb

11. Above Ground Level: Dubfire
“As one-half of the Grammy award-winning duo “Deep Dish”, Iranian-American Ali Shirazinia (aka ‘Dubfire’) has established himself as one of the world’s most successful DJs and producers. But the road to success was not an easy one. With candid interviews from family, childhood friends, industry peers, and fellow artists, this film takes an intimate and honest look inside the nuanced world of dance music. This is an aspirational story about pursuing your passion, daring to dream big, and the challenges that come with success. It is an insider’s look at what it’s like to be an electronic music artist from Above Ground Level.” -IMDb

12. After The Raves (This one’s a series)
“Outspoken virtuoso DJ Tommie Sunshine explores the past, present and future of electronic dance music in this series that dispatches its respected host to nine cities around the world to explore the EDM scene in each.” -Red Bull


— Please feel free to share your favorites in the comments! —