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DJs Share Their Favorite Music Movies

Favorite Music Movies

DJs Share Their Favorite Music Movies

To coincide with the release of Pirate Radio, FilmInFocus reached out to a couple of its favorite DJs for some cinematic selections.


RJD2's Five Favorite Films About Music

Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas

One of my all time favorite movies from one of my biggest life inspirations: Jim Henson. This man's devotion to his art is continually a huge inspiration to me. This movie actually hits very close to home for me in a lot of ways, and the cherry on top is a Deep Purple-esque Muppet band playing awesome riff-rock. It gets no better.


Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution

I’m a big fan of electronic music circa 69-81 or so. This film delves into the originations of the German electronic "scene", its ties to Krautrock, and the generally exploratory nature that music had. A must for any fan of the origins of musical synthesis.


Tom Dowd and the Language of Music

Another thing I’m obsessed with is the engineering ethos of rock and soul records from the 60's thru the 70's. This guy was a major figure in that world, and provides a fascinating insight into how differently the world of recording worked 30-40 years ago.


It’s All Gone Pete Tong

‘Cause its hilarious, and finally portrays DJs in the bratty spoiled light they should be portrayed in. And the simplicity of DJing comes thru in the final solution of "feeling the music."


The Making Of Songs In The Key Of Life

Probably my favorite recorded album of all time. This film gives a glimpse into Stevie's world then, and now. Plus the only film I am aware of that features footage of a Yamaha GX-1, a 100k analog synthesizer that only about 10 were made.


RJD2 (aka Ramble John "RJ" Krohn) originally began his career in Columbus, Ohio, DJing in 1993 with a pair of turntables bought from a friend. He claims his name originates from another friend who referenced him as "Rjd2" in his raps, and the name stuck. Originally working the role of DJ in the Columbus rap group MHz, he later signed to Bobbito Garcia's Fondle 'Em label, releasing the self-proclaimed "mix CD" Your Face or Your Kneecaps. A year later he signed to El-P's record label Definitive Jux and released his solo debut album Deadringer to much acclaim. RJD2 later collaborated with Columbus rapper Blueprint under the name Soul Position, releasing Unlimited EP in 2002 and 8 Million Stories in 2003. He released his second solo album Since We Last Spoke on Definitive Jux in 2004 and released Soul Position's second album Things Go Better with RJ and AL in 2006 under Rhymesayers Entertainment label. In 2007, he released the solo album The Third Hand on XL Recordings, which he toured for extensively in '07 and '08. 2009 saw the launch of his label RJ'S Electrical Connections, and announcement of the forthcoming album The Colossus.

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