Brand new feature-length film ‘Drum & Bass: The Movement’ will be screened this Monday 25th May.

A new documentary on the history of drum & bass is being released by Drum & Bass Arena. The 80-minute long film covers the period between 1996 and 2016 and reports on the birth and development of what has become a global-dominating genre.

‘Drum & Bass: The Movement’ features interviews and footage of luminaries of the scene including Goldie, Andy C, Roni Size, DJ Flight, Grooverider, Ed Rush & Optical, Mefjus, Friction, El Hornet and Chase & Status as well as well-respected producers and artists like The Prototypes, DJ Flight, Riya, Emperor, Icicle, John B, Phace and Sigma and labels like Metalheadz, Hospital Records, London Elektricity, Critical Music and Ram.

Since its mid-90s inception as an underground scene in the cities of the UK, drum & bass has grown into an influential international movement. The documentary focuses first and foremost on the music, but also looks at the labels, promoters, clubs and the DJs that created and developed what is now a global phenomenon. Music videographer Bailey Hyatt directed ‘Drum & Bass: The Movement’, music video director Craig Haynes produced it and it was written by journalist and author Dave Jenkins.

Drum & Bass Arena had this to say about their film:

“The feature-length documentary tells the story as witnessed by the founding artists themselves and covers loads of the most important characteristics that make the genre what it is today. From its UK inner-city underground roots, DAT’s and dubplates, to the many sub-genres, MCs, key territories, crucial clubs and tracks that changed the scene forever.”

The documentary, which was five years in the making, premiers on May 25th as part of the D&BTV: Locked-In series. YouTube will be screening ‘Drum & Bass: The Movement’.

Watch the trailer for ‘Drum & Bass: The Movement’:

Main photo by Ben Daure.

21st May, 2020

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