Soundtrack: The Story of the DJ
Soundtrack: The Story of the DJ
Follow the evolution of DJing from radio stations and rec rooms to festival stages, night clubs and recording studios around the world.
Follow the evolution of DJing from radio stations and rec rooms to festival stages, night clubs and recording studios around the world. Read more
About this project
Soundtrack is the first documentary to tell the complete story of the DJ.
From our humble beginnings playing records on the radio over 100 years ago to playing festivals for hundreds of thousands of people and producing multi-platinum hits, the DJ has come a long way. While there are several films covering particular aspects of DJing (scratching, battling, EDM festival DJs, etc.) there isn't one film that comprehensively covers the evolution of the DJ. I want to make a film that not only gives the general public an insight into the world of DJing but also gives a voice to the DJ community.
I was inspired to make this documentary because of the overwhelming success of my END OF DJING article. Although many people might look at DJs as the new rock stars, the profession of DJing is also plagued with problems. This film will explore the problems currently facing the DJ industry, expose their root causes and hopefully inspire change through spreading information and solutions. (Don't worry, there will be no shortage of amazing footage and stories to make you wish you were a successful DJ as well.) We'll also examine how the constantly-changing state of music affects DJing and vice versa, as these two industries are joined more closely than you might realize. I want this movie to be a timeless piece that DJs and non-DJs share anytime someone discusses the topic of DJing or music in general.
DJs! This is your chance to have your story told!
The story of the DJ is over 100 years old and I'm going to give everyone a quick refresher course. I'll take you from the earliest radio DJs to NYC nightclub DJing to the birth of Hip-Hop DJ to battles and turntablism to festival stages and everywhere in between.
I'll also show you behind the scenes what the career of a DJ looks like. I'll be following DJs who are traveling around the world, DJs who make their living in night clubs and DJs playing music on some of the biggest radio stations. It's a fun job, but it's still a job.
We're heading out to festivals, nightclubs and studios all over the world to get exclusive footage and you'll be right there with us. We'll be behind the scenes and one-on-one with some of the biggest names in the business.
Ever wondered what's going on when a DJ is in the booth? Professional DJs will show you how all of that works as well. We'll even go into the studio to show you how music from hip-hop to electronic dance music is created and influenced by DJs.
Everyone, no matter what age, has some connection, although possibly unnoticed, to a DJ. From the radio to night clubs to weddings to festivals to the recording studio and more, a DJ is behind most of the music you hear in one way or another. This documentary will make those connections.
To tell this story, I'm going straight to the source. I'll be interviewing DJs, nightclub owners, promoters, club goers, musicians, music producers and anyone else integral to the story of the DJ. This story isn't just about America, so I'll be talking to DJs in other countries to trace their path and get the complete picture.
Your donations, in addition to my own funds, will help pay for:
Gear (cameras, microphones, etc.)
Production (assembling the footage, scoring, etc.)
Website (web design, social media, etc.)
All of our backer rewards will be of the highest production quality. We've enlisted the help of Showdeer for the poster design and initial imagery. All stickers will be on extra durable vinyl from Sticker Robot. All shirts and hoodies will be made and printed in the USA on American Apparel fabrics. We're still researching and compiling the DVD content but the deluxe DVDs will be sure to have extra goodies; most likely audio CDs, digital downloads, tons of extra footage and exclusive photo books, etc.
Who I Am:
I have been a professional DJ for over a decade. During that time I have performed all over the United States as well as in Canada and Australia. My gig roster includes working for large corporations such as Adidas, Scion and Red Bull, performing at private parties for professional sports teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers and sharing the stage with some of the biggest DJs and acts from De La Soul to LMFAO.
I have competed in numerous DJ battles, placing in the top 3 every time.
My SoundCloud page, which hosts my mixtapes and remixes, has clocked over 150k downloads in just a few short years. My remixes have been featured in record pools that service working DJs and my mixtapes have been showcased on countless blogs. I have even been hired by companies to collaborate on custom mixes for their brands.
In my podcast, Extra Credit, I interview DJs who I feel are influential and important to DJing and DJ culture to introduce them to other DJs as well as the general public and have their story told.
Risks and challenges
"But Zimmie, you're a DJ, you've never made a movie!"
This is true. Although I'm a movie buff, I've never made a movie before. Luckily I've enlisted an experienced team of filmmakers, lawyers, music supervisors and more to help make an amazing film.
"How can you possibly have access to the huge DJs that I want to know more about?"
Good question. Luckily, throughout my career, I've made a few friends. Through these friends and the overwhelming support of my "End of DJing" article, I'm pretty confident I'll have keys to all the doors I need to go through. Plus, most DJs can't wait to tell the world their story.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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