Recently there have been several documentaries in which American Jungle examined the development of the drum and bass state. From March to May, One Nation: Three Decades of Drum & Bass was released in three parts, especially about the One Nation parties in The 90s, which helped create the D&B scene in England and now for Drum & Bass by of decisive importance were: The movement that covers the almost 30 years of Drum & Bass from the perspective of one of the most productive promotions and press magnates of the genre, Drum & BassArena.
Drum & Bass: The Movement was released on May 25th in a livestream premiere event and is the first of its kind to include an up-to-date historical timeline of the Drum & Bass movement that shows how it differs from British hardcore and early Jungle has evolved to its place of origin now with countless different subgenres and offshoots, including Dubstep, Riddim and Halftime.
The 85-minute documentary contains interviews with drum & bass ancestors such as Goldie, Andy C, Roni Size, DJ Flight, Grooverider and Ed Rush & Optical, as well as some of the legends that have arisen in different eras such as Mefjus, El Hornet (Pendulum) ), Friction and Chase & Status to construct the narrative. A criticism that some old school drum & bass minds had was that the documentary didn't contain enough of the important characters in drum & bass, but the narrative the documentary was trying to create could have been overloaded with more artists. Maybe part two and even part three is all right?
Regardless of whether you think you've missed some key characters or not, Drum & Bass: The Movement is still entertaining and brings up a lot of interesting points about Drum & Bass culture. There are a lot of great flashbacks and pictures and it's also a great documentary to teach younger minds who came and are still coming into the scene how Drum & Bass was born, grew and continues to shape the music.
Drum & Bass: The movement can still be viewed in full on YouTube, and it's definitely worth sitting down and watching. Well-produced, well-written and thought-provoking, regardless of the series of interviews, the documentary is one of the best that Drum & Bass has made to date. It really captures the unique D&B atmosphere that we all love so well. Many thanks to the vision and work of everyone involved. Watch the full documentary below.
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