These are the movies I watched when I first fell in love with DJing as a teenager in the early 2000s. I just missed the 90s underground rave scene. Any concept I had of the artform strictly came from my imagination or a handful of pre-blog websites and forums.
These films were my first connection to a musical lineage outside of Lake Zurich, Illinois. They gave perspective to what I was doing and influenced how I wanted to do it. They made me proud in a way that wasn’t always accessible when playing records for drunk people.
Below is my list of essential films every DJ should watch to understand the artform and the cultures that gave birth to it. Together, they are a bonafide DJ curriculum. If you watch them, you’ll know more about this craft than 98% of people today. Enjoy.