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What We Started (2018)

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WHAT WE STARTED aims to establish itself as the defining film of the electronic music genre. The film delves into the highly popular world of electronic dance music, providing backdoor access to a widely misunderstood, self-driven and well-insulated industry on its way to global domination. Specifically, the film follows industry pioneers, like Carl Cox, who are juxtaposed by the journey of a young, superstar of today, Martin Garrix. These dichotomous journeys of past and present illuminate all viewpoints and highlight the momentous and unprecedented time that electronic dance music is experiencing presently and leaves open the question of what will happen next for this incredible genre of music.

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Beyond the history lesson, the film adds a personal element by focusing on jockeys from two generations: British turntable legend Carl Cox and youth Dutch phenom Martin Garrix.

July 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Bouncing between eras and their various beats, while also playing a few heartstrings down the stretch. It's a trip well worth taking, whether you're a devotee of EDM or a neophyte like myself.

July 2, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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What works in a nightclub set doesn't always work in a film, as electronic dance music documentary "What We Started" demonstrates.

March 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Tells enough of the story to show today's legion of David Guetta fans where he and his peers came from.

March 22, 2018 | Full Review…

They gush about the genre's milestones and metaphorically high-five one another while trying not to bore the uninitiated into a drugless stupor.

March 22, 2018 | Full Review…

For a documentary that aims to be a comprehensive history of the modern dance DJ, What We Started tends to be both as enthused and unfocused about the whole scene as the average young EDM fan addled on molly.

March 21, 2018 | Full Review…

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