Drum & Bass: The Movement – A D&B Documentary
20 years that changed our lives: Presenting our feature-length documentary – Drum & Bass: The Movement – capturing a specific and intense slice of drum & bass culture’s rapid acceleration from 1996 – 2016. Brought to you by Drum&BassArena, featuring Goldie, Andy C, Roni Size, DJ Flight, Grooverider, Ed Rush & Optical, Mefjus, Friction, El Hornet, Chase & Status and many more, as well as exclusive unseen footage from our scene’s rich history.
Drum & Bass: The Movement explores how a unique UK club culture rose from the underground to become a global phenomenon infiltrating and influencing disciplines from mainstream pop music to video games. From dubplates to mainstream crossovers, to some of the labels, tracks and clubs that helped shape the scene, Drum & Bass: The Movement is a snapshot of D&B and how it’s always been much more than a genre of dance music: it’s a lifestyle. The movement continues…
More Jungle Drum & Bass history
Our documentary is one strand of a complex web of history stretching right back to the birth of jungle. Here are some more films about the history of jungle D&B and other forms of bass music. Shout out to Rosemary Pitts via EQ50 for some of the films on this list.
LTJ Bukem - Modern Times (1996)
Modern Times follows Good Looking Records – (Mainly) Tony Fordham, Danny Williamson and Conrad Thompson, giving you an insight into how different the scene was back then, along with the margin of similarity that still remains. Vinyl pushing / Expanding the Brand / Cutting House / “They’re fuckin bootlegging my records mate!”
Radio Arena - Pirate Radio London Rush FM (1994)
A documentary from BBC2's Arena Radio Night in the Mid 1990's. Weekend Rush and Kool Fm were big targets of the DTI mainly because the music they were playing was taking listeners away from the legal stations. This features some of the propaganda news reports targeted at the Pirate Radio & Rave Scene.
That UK Sound - Roots Of UK Jungle (2017)
A documentary portraying the roots of UK Jungle. Starting from the beginning, when Caribbean migrants first arrived to the UK bringing their music with them, including soundsystems. This documentary will demonstrate how much of their culture influenced our underground scene.
Talkin' Headz - The Metalheadz Documentary (1998)
The Metalheadz Documentary is an intimate and immediate account of a Drum & Bass label poised for world domination. DJs and producers talk openly of the artistic freedom they enjoy, how the label has evolved to represent such a diverse musical scene and why moving forward and pushing the boundaries is so vital. These names have created a global phenomenon and here talk for the first time of how it was achieved, where it's at and what the future holds.
25 Years of V - Bryan Gee, Serum & Paul T (2019)
Celebrating 25 years of V Recordings, Philly Blunt, Chronic and Liquid V with label bossman Bryan Gee, Serum & Paul T at Serum's studio. They select their favourites from the vinyl across the imprints and we take a trip down memory lane with Bryan Gee right back to the start of the label.
The American Jungle (2020)
The American Jungle is a project of passion that documents the North American Drum and Bass scene. This is the story of Drum and Bass told through the mouths of artists that helped build the scene. This documentary covers history and evolution of electronic music from analog to digital times. 23 cities were visited. Over 100 artists were interviewed.
All Crews: Journeys Through Jungle / Drum & Bass Culture
An in-depth history of Jungle/Drum & Bass, the most exciting dance music to come out of the UK in recent times. This underground sound now receives international attention and is fronted by stars such as Goldie and Roni Size. All Crews is a journey through this music and features interviews with the scene's top artists. However, it also delves deeper and looks at the pirate radio stations, labels, crews, promoters and ravers that form the backbone of this fascinating, exhilarating and truly original culture.
Three Generations Deep
Everyone wants to be a big DJ… But have they got what it takes to last the long haul? Three Generations Deep is the inspiring tale of drum & bass artist DJ Phantasy. A genuine rave underdog who’s been neck-deep in beats and bass since the acid house revolution, Steve Phantasy has seen it all. Sometimes his vantage point has been from the very top of the rave tree, resident at events that changed an entire generation. Other times he’s seen things from the very bottom. He’s seen things as a label owner, promoter, agent, manager and any other role he’s created to keep himself relevant, inspired and involved in the thick of one of electronic music’s most competitive genres. Right now, he sees it from the very top of his game as a solo artist, as the man behind game-changing headliner DJ/MC group SaSaSaS, as a businessman involved in more operations behind the scenes than many people realise and now as an author.
Big Bad & Heavy
A man who lived his life at the break-neck speed of the music he played. Raised on the tough south London streets of Brixton, teenage gangster Nigel Thompson was saved from a life of crime and punishment, by music. A pirate DJ on Passion FM, when acid house broke down virtually every cultural boundary in the UK, Frost was right there at the forefront of the British rave revolution. Then, when hardcore splintered into jungle in the early nineties, Frost became one of the figureheads of this uniquely British phenomenon; releasing many of the tunes that defined this scene on his, and fellow DJ Bryan Gee’s, hugely influential record label V Recordings. A life of sex, drugs and drum and bass followed as Frost became firmly established as one of the most notorious DJs on the circuit.
Bass, Mids, Tops
An oral history of the UK's soundsystem culture, featuring interviews with Dubmaster Dennis Bovell, Skream, Youth, Norman Jay MBE, Adrian Sherwood, Mala, and others. In the years following the arrival of the Windrush generation, the UK's soundsystem culture would become the most important influence on contemporary pop music since rock and roll. This oral history, consisting of new interviews conducted by respected dance music writer Joe Muggs, and accompanied by dramatic portraits by Brian David Stevens, presents the story of the bassline of Britain, in the words of those who lived and shaped it. Features interviews with Dubmaster Dennis Bovell, Norman Jay MPE, Youth, Adrian Sherwood, Skream, Rinse FM's Sarah Lockhart and many others.
It's a London Thing: How Rare Groove, Acid House and Jungle Remapped the City
This book is a record of the Black music culture that emerged in post-colonial London at the end of the twentieth century; the people who made it, the racial and spatial politics of its development and change, and the part it played in founding London’s precious, embattled multiculture. It tells the story of the linked Black musical scenes of the city, from ska, reggae and soul in the 1970s, to rare groove and rave in the 1980s and jungle and its offshoots in the 1990s, to dubstep and grime of the 2000s. Melville argues that these demonstrate enough common features to be thought of as one musical culture, an Afro-diasporic continuum. Core to this idea is that this dance culture has been ignored in history and cultural theory and that it should be thought of as a powerful and internationally significant form of popular art.
Rave Diaries and Tower Block Tales
Rave Diaries And Tower Block Tales is a compelling account of one man's journey through music. Bred on a diet of rave and jungle the young Uncle Dugs had a dream: to play his beloved music on the illegal pirate airwaves of London Town and on the main stages of the UK's biggest raves. In his pursuit of this goal Uncle Dugs became a legend of the illegal airwaves and a champion of the emerging street sounds. From rave to jungle to grime to dubstep and beyond Dugs has become one of the most important cogs in the underground UK music machine.