Our friends over at The DJ Hookup put together a must-watch list of epic proportions and we just had to share it as well.
Featuring 11 different options, The DJ Hookup’s master list of DJ-related documentaries includes everything from hip-hop cult classics to their own kick-ass video with Sleeper, and more for a well-rounded list that any DJ (and non-DJ) can enjoy.
Starting the list off is “Maestro,” the story of early ’70s New York disco. Featuring none other than David Mancuso, Nicky Siano, and Frankie Knuckles, this film is a necessity for anyone who is even remotely interested in the history of music. It looks into the original maestro of New York’s early nightlife, Larry Levan, and provides a wildly informative insight into how music has evolved into the monster that it is today.
Next on TDJH’s list is “Paris Is Burning.” While this isn’t a movie about DJing, it’s a movie about the LGBT scene that disco emerged from. “Paris Is Burning” gives a retrospective look into the ’80s and ’90s and the impact of those decades on music and culture today.
Third up is “Pump Up the Volume: A History of House Music.” This film is exactly what it says it is, but with a major focus on Frankie Knuckles, the godfather of house music. It follows the history of house music and with the recent death of Knuckles, this one is a solid recommendation. As one of the most informative picks of the bunch, this one will definitely leave you feeling like a house music expert.
Next up is a not just a documentary, but a documentary series. “Real Scenes” offers a look into today’s culturally pivotal cities, like Detroit, New York, Paris, and more. “It captures a world where house music is global, but focusses on those aspects that are most uniquely local.” This one is an interesting take on the challenges, relevancy, and impacts that music has on the world today.
The list goes on with documentaries that feature Nas, Red Bull Music Academy, A-Trak, and more. Check out the full list over at The DJ Hookup and clear out some time in your schedule, because these are some really impactful documentaries that are more than worth your viewing.