Top 10 EDM Artist Documentaries: Avicii, Hardwell, SHM + More
There has been many artist specific documentaries through the years. Below, we’ve listed some of the best, including movies from all the biggest acts in the world. The list below has docs from acts such as Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Hardwell and many more.
Take a watch and enter into a superstar DJ’s world, from producing in the studio to being on the road and the struggles that come with it.
Avicii: True Stories
After Avicii’s untimely and unfortunate death in 2018, this documentary has shown the tough times and struggles that occurred behind the scenes.
The official synopsis reads; Avicii becomes a successful musician, disc jockey and record producer in Sweden, but struggles with physical and mental health issues later in life.
Take One (Swedish House Mafia)
A short film captured during Swedish House Mafia set from 2008 to 2011. It delves into their touring and most notably, the making of ‘Leave The World Behind‘ and ‘One‘. This is a must watch for any Swedish House Mafia fans to learn more about the early days of the Swedish trio. Luckily, the full doc is available on YouTube below.
I Am Hardwell
Hardwell released two I Am Hardwell documentaries that take you with him around the world producing and touring.
The official synopsis reads;
For over two and half years, Hardwell has been followed by videographer Robin Piree, the man behind Hardwell's stunning aftermovies and Q&A concepts. During that time Piree had been extensively filming the 25-year-old DJ/producer's exponential growth from being an upcoming artist to becoming an international superstar. The documentary provides a captivating inside-look on Hardwell that is just as rare as the story behind the dance music phenomenon during a period when Hardwell's international success grew exponentially.
You can watch the trailer for his second ‘I Am Hardwell‘ documentary here.
March Of The Afrojack
Nick van de Wall aka Afrojack was a Dutch kid that grew very passionate about dance music at a very young age. The superstar DJ and producer Afrojack created a documentary of his life titled ‘March Of The Afrojack’ and features his whole life story. Check out features by David Guetta, Steve Aoki and Tiesto. Although it is only 20mins long, it’s definitely worth a watch for Afrojack fans!
The Chainsmokers: Memories
It’s much more than just an inside look at their live performances, it’s like a diary straight from Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, the duo’s drummer Matt McGuire and others close to the project. From their early beginnings through now, Memories covers a lot of ground in just over an hour. After being released officially last year, the trio has uploaded the entire documentary to stream for free through YouTube.
Zedd - True Colours
Zedd released his documentary ‘True Colours‘ after teasing it for months back in 2016. It documents his rise to stardom as well as the awesome promotional campaign behind his ‘True Colours‘ album.
The synopsis reads;
“TRUE COLORS is about more than the making of an album and an epic world tour, it’s a story about the unique relationship between a musician and his fans, and the journey of an artist finding his own voice.”
Armin van Buuren - This Was Intense
‘This Was Intense‘ documents Armin’s travels around the world for his album tour. WIth 30 staff travelling, this tour was definitely ‘intense‘!
Synopsis; At the end of the 2013 summer season, Grammy® nominee and five-time DJ Mag Top 100 poll winner Armin van Buuren kicked off a fresh ‘Armin Only’ world tour, based on his ‘Intense’ album. Set to impress with a six-hour solo show alongside dancers, bands, vocalists, and songstresses, the highly anticipated event touched down in five different continents, attracting over 500.000 ecstatic fans to the 33-part series. Locations in Kiev, Mumbai, Saint-Petersburg, Helsinki, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Sydney, Johannesburg, and many other cities overflowed with music lovers from all over the world, showing just how ‘Intense’ such a global gathering of like-minded individuals can be. Watch the ‘Intense’ documentary to experience one of Armin van Buuren’s most ‘Intense’ world tours and how it has brought people together.
David Guetta: Nothing But The Beat
Based around his album of the same name, this doc follows Guetta on tour around the world and behind the scenes of major concerts, featuring interviews with collaborative and associated artists, friends, colleagues, and his ex-wife to chronicle his rise from underground house DJ to global superstar.
The movie features in-depth interviews with some of the amazing artists David has worked with including Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Taio Cruz and Usher, as well as insights from dance music legends Fatboy Slim, Laurent Garnier, David Morales and Pete Tong.
"I cannot look at myself in the mirror if I do not give 100 percent. My ambition is new each day, I have so much to learn and so much to achieve." - David Guetta
Steve Aoki: I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
This Netflix Original Documentary focuses on Steve Aoki and how he grew to where he is today. It was nominated for the 'Best Music Film' at the 2016 Grammy's. It delves into Steve Aoki's upbringing, his family, his friends as well as other associated artists. If you’re not a fan of Aoki, this may change your mind.