Back in September 2018 when we asked Justice‘s Xavier De Rosnay if Woman Worldwidewould feature some sort of visual accompaniment, his response was a characteristically cool, tight lipped allusion to what would eventually wind up being IRIS: A Space Opera by Justice. The band’s visual deep dive into their latest live performance earned a premiere at SXSW, followed by a limited theatrical release earlier this year. Now the documentary is set for a long-awaited wide release thanks to YouTube Music.
Justice made the announcement via social media with a short teaser for the documentary, giving a sneak peek at the band’s first long form visual since 2008’s A Cross the Universe project. While an official release date for IRIS remains still under wraps, the announcement signals to an online premiere in the very near future. In the meantime, fans can sign up to be notified when the film is slated to land here.
New wave electronic trailblazers of Depeche Mode will be releasing an Anton Corbijn-directed film titled SPIRITS in the Forest, which takes viewers on a journey through the group’s 2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour. Corbijn is a longtime collaborator with the group.
Depeche Mode performed a whopping 115 shows across the globe during the filming of the documentary. Although the film shows highlights of the group’s tour, the story is a fan-centric piece that follows six fans, in the time leading up to the band’s final stop on the tour in Berlin, at the famed Waldbühne (“Forest Stage”), interspersed with intimate documentary footage filmed in fans’ hometowns across the globe.
“I’m exceptionally proud to share this film and the powerful story that it tells,” said Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan. “It’s amazing to see the very real ways that music has impacted the lives of our fans.”
Depeche Mode has released a 60-second trailer preceding the film. The documentary will be in cinemas worldwide for one night only on November 21. Fans can check here to see if the documentary is playing in a city nearby.
After two decades, countless chart-topping records, and multiple ‘best DJ awards,’ the time has come to capture Armin van Buuren‘s illustrious career in its full glory in film format. His resumé is so extensive, in fact, that the artist has announced a six-part docuseries has been created to cover it. Titled Mr. Perfect, the series is currently being uploaded on the artist’s YouTube page with two episodes remaining in the coming weeks.
The series starts off right as Armin began breaking out at the turn of the millennium, and caps off with the biggest performance of Armin’s career, which happened in May 2019: ‘The Best of Armin Only,’ at Amsterdam’s John Cruijf Arena. Each episiode is around half an hour in length and offers a unique glimpse into the inner workings of an artist’s path to superstardom.
Now, the performance is coming to Netflix in a new documentary titled Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé. The new visual details the showstopping 26-song performance, the likes of which featured a massive marching band, a three-song Destiny’s Child reunion, and appearances by the Lemonade singer’s younger sister Solange, and her husband, JAY-Z. Netflix has shared the documentary’s official teaser, which features a voiceover from influential poet Maya Angelou. Homecoming is set to debut on the streaming platform on April 17. See the trailer below.
Mathangi Arulpragasam, better known as M.I.A., is much more than meets the eye, and now she has a documentary to show fans why and how. The piece is named MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A, and earlier this year it was shown atSundance Film Festival. It then made its way to cinemas, and now the Steve Loveridge-directed film is available for rent or purchase.
The documentary takes a look into Arulpragasam’s upbringing in London living as an immigrant family from Sri Lanka. This was during a period of time when there was a large stigma on immigrant families living in the city, and as she dubs it in the trailer, “I lived through a war, came as a refugee, and I’m now a pop star.”
The documentary is also available to stream through Amazon and iTunes.
On the heels of its recent qualification for Oscar consideration, the much-talked-about “Avicii: True Stories” documentary is headed to theaters at the end of the year in order to complete its eligibility. Now, fans can begin planning their pilgrimage to the emotional doc’s theater debuts, with a limited theatrical run hitting New York City’s Cinema Village December 21 to 27 and LA’s Laemmle theater December 14 through 20.
The documentary’s week-long stints will fulfill the bare minimum Oscar consideration requirements, and in doing so give a brief window for dance music fans to see the project on the big screen. Providing an intimate glimpse into Avicii’s difficult decision to quit touring and painting a stark picture of the pressures of international superstardom, the Levan Tsikurishvili-directed documentary is rumored to make a return to streaming as well. The film was pulled from Netflix in the wake of the artist’s passing and has since taken on additional meaning and poignancy for Avicii fans and the electronic music community at large. For those who would rather take in “True Stories” in a movie theatre experience, the limited NYC and LA runs may be their only shot.
Avicii‘s death almost seven months ago sent shock waves not only through dance music, but throughout the greater music industry at large. The 28-year-old legend’s passing prompted heartfelt tributes, but also ignited dialogue pertaining to the darker sides of the industry: anxiety, depression, brutal touring schedules, and more. Now, Avicii: True Stories’s director has revealed that the documentary that unabashedly delved into the musical and personal life of the departed superstar has qualified for auspicious Oscar consideration.
Containing years of raw and powerful footage from director Levan Tsikurishvili, the documentary was discreetly removed from US Netflix shortly following news of the “Levels” producer’s death.While there’s still no word on whether or not it will be reinstated for streaming, it appears the project will be making a return to the public eye with theatre showings in New York and LA beginning this December. It’s clear the documentary left as big an imprint on its director as it did on viewers who caught it before its prompt departure.
“[The] importance of looking out for one another has never been more important than now,” said Tsikurishvili in an Instagram post. “I do hope that we’ve changed something [for the] better in this industry, especially for the younger generation.”
Relentless sonic experimenters of The Glitch Mob have released a new mini documentary, The Glitch Mob: Behind The Blade 2.0, with the help of collaborators, Alienware, in attempts to shed light on their unique processes and artistic mission statement.
The seven-minute feature traces the band’s enduring efforts to travel a less-trodden musical pathway and discover original ways to advance their narrative. One way The Glitch Mob—who is known for their unfettered ability to blend live instrumentation and intricate electronic production—says they have achieved this one-of-a-kind sonic status is through innovations like Blade 2.0: an unparalleled instrument of the group’s own creation that delivers a categorically immersive live experience in ways such as “creating a visual companion piece with each track.”
The group uses the documentary ultimately to emphasize their intentions to bring people together in a time when “people are more divided than ever,” noting their sheer awe of the unifying effect music can have on people.
“In a day in age when everything is about hit singles and pumping out content, we still believe in the album to tell the deeper and more enriched story,” they said. “Good stories have no expiration date, and that is where we have continued to put our focus.”
After 10 years, Soulwax has re-released its 2008 documentary Part of the Weekend Never Dies for the first time in HD and for free on YouTube. The rockumentary follows the dance music pioneers on what seems to be a never-ending tour, during which they capture the evolution of a scene from 2005-2007 – an alchemist’s golden age of music. The film captures Soulwax and their confidants bump and jam literally all over the world from Japan to Scandinavia, Europe to Australia, Brazil to the States, leaving spun minds and good times in their wake.
Like all great rockumentaries, Part of the Weekend Never Dies is honest and unflinching in its presentation of the band. Through one camera, they capture Soulwax evoking release in people through an unprecedented combination of dance and rock music. This human release isn’t always pretty, but it is always honest. The level of humor and chaos presented in this film is something worth seeing and even harder to look away from.
Part of the Weekend Never Dies features clarifying and fascinating interviews from an eclectic group of notable individuals and friends of the band. Tiga, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Nancy Whang, Klaxons, peaches, and Justice all speak to the ridiculous energy, desired remixes, and innovation Soulwax/2ManyDJs gave to the scene. It’s clear from the footage that these guys are rightfully godfathers of the dance scene. Through their live drum beats, musical innovation, and ability to keep going, Soulwax set the stage for how big dance music would become, which is probably why they were so impossible to follow. Their continued commercial success is also a testament to this.
Diplo grew up in Florida, cut his teeth in Philadelphia, and moved to California to pursue music as a career. It only makes sense he made this mini-documentary that showcases the beginning of his career when he dropped his 2004 debut Florida to his latest California EP, which dropped in March.
Diplo’s ability to connect with others continues to make him a good fit for the dance music industry. As a producer, his job is to create a story around his vocalist, and LA came with a diverse group of artists, genres, and styles. He grew up listening to a variety of genres from classic rock to rap to hardcore punk, shaping his willingness to defy genres at a young age. Today, Diplo is one of the more culturally conscious producers in the game, working within hip-hop because “there wasn’t this open-minded feeling in hip-hop yet that you have right now, where anything is possible.”