The current COVID-19 pandemic that is currently affecting almost every country is also impacting the music industry. One successful part of the music industry is the EDM scene. This scene in the music industry has seen raves, nightclubs, concerts, and festivals postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic. Cancelling or postponing these events are necessary because it can contain the spread of COVID-19.
DJs and record labels are broadcasting livetream sets on social media outlets to entertain fans who are quarantined. These livestream sets give fans a feel of the arena and nightclub atmosphere that they have missed ever since the pandemic got worse. The fans can also binge-watch EDM movies on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime while under quarantine. Here are the recommended EDM movies that people can watch during the COVID-19 pandemic.
XOXO is a 2016 drama film that has Christopher Louie as its executive director. The leading stars are Sarah Hyland, Graham Phillips, Brett Delbuono, and Hayley Kiyoko. The film shows the lives of six strangers colliding during a frenetic night of romance and dream-chasing when a young DJ is given a chance to perform at a festival. XOXO is a love story that presents rave culture to people who are not familiar with electronic music. The eccentric, lovable characters in XOXO shows how the EDM fanbase is very welcoming and diverse.
We Are Your Friends
We Are Your Friends is a 2015 film that featured Max Joseph as the director and Zac Efron as the main star. The supporting cast includes Emily Ratajkowski, Wes Bentley, and Shiloh Fernandez. The film is based on a story written by Richard Silverman and it follows a young DJ who is trying to succeed in the music industry. Zac Efron plays Cole Carter, a Los Angeles-based DJ, who is not only trying to succeed in EDM but also figure out his life with his friends. A critically noted scene involves animation depicting Cole Carter’s PCP hallucinations at an LA art gallery.
What We Started
What We Started is a documentary that documents three decades of electronic dance music. It released in 2017 during the Los Angeles Film Festival and Bert Marcus and Cyrus Saidi are the directors. The main DJs featured in this documentary are the legendary producers, Carl Cox and Martin Garrix. The documentary contain interviews with artists involved with EDM’s influence in today’s pop culture. Other artists also included in the documentary are David Guetta, Steve Angello, and Afrojack.
Weekender is a 2011 British drama film that discussed British rave culture’s popularity in the 1990s. In 1990, the rave scene arrived from Ibiza and warehouse parties were organized across the United Kingdom, bringing phenomenal wealth to the organizers. Jack O’Connell stars as Matt, Henry Lloyd-Hughes plays Dylan, and Karl Golden is the person who directed the film. As the British government at the time moved to outlaw the scene, the two lads rose through the ranks of the promoting elite. Their journey takes them to London VIP clubs, Ibiza super-villas, and Amsterdam alleyways.
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead is a 2016 documentary about the life and career of American DJ superstar, Steve Aoki. In the same year, the documentary received a nomination for ‘Best Music Film, at the Grammys. The documentary has Aoki and his family, friends, peers, and partner discussing about Aoki’s path from a privileged life as the son of Behinana founder, Rocky Aoki, to international stardom as one of the world’s best DJs. Justin Krook and David Gelb respectively directed and produced the documentary. Some of the peers included in the documentary are Diplo, Tiësto, and will.i.am.
Party Monster is a 2003 comedy drama starring Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green. The directors in the film are Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato and other stars included are Dylan McDermott, Wilmer Valderrama, and Chloë Sevigny. Party Monster is based on the true story of infamous New York City party promoter, Michael Alig. It is also based on James St. James’ memoir titled Disco Bloodbath, which discussed St. James’ friendship with Michael Alig. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003 and later appeared at Cannes Film Festival that same year.
How to watch the films during the pandemic
Since XOXO is an exclusive Netflix production, the film can be watched on the streaming provider. We Are Your Friends is not only available on Netflix, it is also shown on Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, and YouTube, as well as DVD in North America and Blu-Ray in other regions. When watching What We Started, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Vudu are the streaming platforms for it. Although Weekender is no longer streamed in the U.S., American viewers can still watch the film on iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, and Google Play. Just like XOXO, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead is a Netflix-exclusive production. Last but not least, Party Monster is viewed on Tubi, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, and Amazon Prime.