Nightlife hasn’t quite been the same since the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world, forcing events and nightclubs to cancel their events and enforcing strict social distancing rules. These changes made a significant impact on the lives of people who love to party. Now that vaccines are rolling out, things are beginning to regain a sense of normalcy in some parts of the world, but it still might be a while before clubbing resembles what it used to.
Whether you’re an EDM fan missing the scene, a DJ missing your favorite gigs, or someone who’s just curious about what the scene is like, check out these electronic music movies and documentaries on Netflix. Each one gives a unique glimpse into the EDM scene that’s as up-close and personal as really being a part of it.
Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert
Coachella is probably the most well-known festival in the world. It all started in 1999 and was so successful that it grew each year since. This documentary gives viewers a glimpse into the famous festival’s past, featuring exclusive interviews, past performances, and behind-the-scenes stories.
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
Steve Aoki is one of the biggest names in the scene. If you don’t already know, he’s an electro house musician and DJ, as well as a Grammy-nominated record producer and the founder of Dim Mak Records. This Grammy-nominated documentary chronicles the career of this legendary multi-million-dollar, cake-throwing DJ.
This Was Tomorrow: Tomorrowland
As Coachella is to music in general, Tomorrowland is to the EDM culture specifically. If you’re a DJ, you know that landing a set at this Belgium-based festival marks the pinnacle of your musical career. This documentary gives viewers a glimpse into the festival while also highlighting the audience, who are the people who have made it such a unique event.
Armin van Buuren: This was Intense
Armin van Buuren is another name in the EDM scene that’s impossible not to know if you’re a part of it. This Netherlands-born trance DJ has been ranked DJ Mag’s number-one DJ five times running and is the fourth trance music artist in history to have received a Grammy award. This documentary goes behind the scenes of his 2013-2014 Intense world tour.
Armin van Buuren: This was Intense isn’t available on Netflix US, but you can easily access it using a Netflix VPN. Simply download the VPN and connect to a server in the Netherlands to gain access to this documentary that you won’t want to miss.
FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
In case you missed it, FYRE was a festival vision that ended in disaster. When rich-kid Billy Macfarland tried to start another tradition on the level of Coachella and Tomorrowland in the Bahamas, the event failed and ended up making history as nothing more than a joke. This documentary chronicles the entire saga, with every juicy detail intact.
Get into the party spirit with one of the movies and documentaries above.
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