Seth Troxler, Carl Cox, Ben Pearce, talk DJ life & Mental Health in Documentary
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“Why We DJ – Slaves To The Rhythm is a new documentary investigating the highs and sometimes severe lows of being a professional DJ”…
Watch: Why We DJ – Slaves To The Rhythm
‘Why We DJ – Slaves To The Rhythm’ is a new documentary investigating the reality of what being a professional DJ is really like, from the hype and parties to relentless touring and the toll that can take on both physical and mental health.
In their own words:
‘Why We DJ – Slaves To The Rhythm’ delves deep into the psyche of the DJ, exploring the motivations that drive people to pursue a career behind the decks in the first place and the effects it can have.
In refreshingly candid interviews from artist managers, tour managers, Psychologists, music industry professionals and DJs including Carl Cox, Luciano, Seth Troxler, Erick Morillo, B.Traits, Ben Pearce and Pete Tong MBE we hear stories of the lofty highs and plunging lows DJs can experience on a daily basis.
‘Why We DJ – Slaves To The Rhythm’ provides an honest look at the lives of professional DJs from the point of view of the people subjected to a heavy schedule of travel, sleep deprivation and creative pressure, whilst constantly under the social media spotlight.
For the first time, the film examines how DJs can suffer from conditions such as imposter syndrome, opening up the discussion about the sometimes-dark places artists can easily find themselves in when they’re off stage.
As a sufferer of depression and anxiety myself I felt that whilst the documentary was an interesting watch it didn’t quite delve deep enough. In particular the negative impact of drugs and alcohol was largely skirted around and in places glorified. And whilst we acknowledge that drugs and clubbing are inextricably linked, the first thing your GP will ask, if referred on mental health grounds, is your drug and alcohol habits. Furthermore the documentary was a little too heavily weighted depicting great party scenes, DJ’s having fun etc etc as apposed to discussing the complex issue of mental health. We felt more time needed to be devoted to what depression and anxiety is, and how those suffering can seek help.
All in all a decent watch that should hopefully trigger further discussion on the subject.