Today we received news that documentary maker Bert Marcus is getting ready to release his newest documentary, What We Started. His previous films Champs, How to Make Money Selling Drugs, and Teenage Paparazzo, have all received critical acclaim, and early support for What We Started indicate that this is not one to miss as well.
The film examines the current electronic dance music climate and its often misunderstood nature, through the eyes of two industry professionals - Pioneer DJ Carl Cox, and the young, but incredibly popular, Martin Garrix. Simultaneously capturing both the momentous rise of Garrix, as well as the farewell tour of Cox, the film illustrates a beautiful contrast that displays the past, present, and future of dance and electronic music.
On the documentary, Marcus had this to say-
“I have passionately strived to create a thoughtful piece that transcends the stereotypes of electronic dance music by telling a story of the layered and inspiring individuals throughout the genre’s history that is all-encompassing, dynamic and unexpected. I believe that this is a misperceived part of the music industry and popular culture with a rich and robust 30-year history that needs to be shared. Through the retirement of pioneer and legend, Carl Cox, to the rise and proliferation of newcomer and recent number one DJ in the world, Martin Garrix, an audience will understand the full narrative of this music in a manner that has never been done before. It was important to me to choose two intriguing and talented characters that fully represent the birth of the music and the present place of the industry, respectively, and these two men are perfect examples of such. I am privileged to have been able to work with these industry icons and I am thrilled to share ‘What We Started’ with the world.”
Marcus aims to showcase that while the future of the industry remains to be seen, music can and will survive on. While simultaneously covering the current climate, the documentary also contains deep knowledge about the beginnings of dance music, explaining it's origins in 1980's counterculture scenes before its revival in the 2000's. It's a surefire way to draw in viewers who have any interest in dance at all- from the veterans to the new rave scene, everyone will come out of the movie learning something new.
Afrojack, Tiesto, Usher, Moby, Steve Angello, Pete Tong, Ed Sheeran and more are also featured throughout the documentary. The co-director of the project is Cyrus Saidi, a long-time manager in the electronic dance music space. With the depth of knowledge paired with fantastic music and cinematography, this is not a film to miss for anyone remotely interested in today's music climate.