Resident Advisor – an independent electronic music online magazine – released a presentational series of videos about upcoming DJ’s between March and September of last year.
Even though the series is small – only 3 short videos – it presents amazing DJ’s who are getting bigger and better as time passes:
- Nina Kravitz
- Motor City Drum Ensemble
- The Martinez Brothers
I’ve watched all three and have become a fan of Nina Kravitz and Motor City Drum Ensemble – Martinez Brothers’s style doesn’t suit me particularly. The videos show the artists from different perspectives while the producer follows them through their day-to-day activities – be it playing at a gig or simply cooking some dinner.
From the three, my favourite is, without a doubt, the one about Motor City Drum Ensemble:
I think it brings great insights into the pressures and sacrifices musicians, or most artists for that matter, have to go through to make it in their relevant fields – even though it sometimes looks as if they are completely free and under control of their lives…
Danilo Plessow puts it best:
“I’d say that when I was 18 or 19 years old, that I was also touring intensely, and that was the first time that I experienced a lot of flying and airports and hangovers but when I was young I was really going for it and I loved it.
I mean, I worked my whole life to get to the point that I was able to tour that much and ,you know…make a living with music and spread my music and make people happy.
At one point there was something happening to me that I couldn’t really put a finger on. For somebody that hears anxiety it sounds a bit like “Ok, you’re a little anxious, what’s the big deal?”…but it came to a level where I couldn’t sleep anymore, you know? That’s when I figured it was too much. I can’t perform, I can’t, basically, live like this…”
Other artists, like Nina Kraviz, share similar feelings:
“I’m traveling alone all the time. I like it – I like being alone a few times.
But the problem is that sometimes I have beautiful places that I arrive and I see landscapes that are just breath-taking, I eat this food, I’m surrounded by nice people and the first thought that pops out in my mind is “Ohh I really would like somebody to be here with me. Just to share this, just to show how beautiful is that.
I just realize that all this magical moments, they are all served for me to not enjoy them alone. This is a bit corrosive at times.”
Most of all, “Between the Beats” shows a whole different face to musicians, and specially, touring artists. A face that presents itself with a lot of flights, hotel rooms and, ultimately, loneliness…