PRODUCER: TAYLOR NEARY, GEORGE REASNER
DP: GEORGE REASNER
EDITOR: CHRIS W. HILL
CAST: FRANKIE KNUCKLES, TONY HUMPHRIES, CARL COX, DAVID MORALES, LOUIE VEGA
"It was a euphoria,” Goldie remarks. "It changed people’s lives as it did mine,” reminisces Tall Paul. “It is the experience that millions across the globe felt the first time they heard the melodic beats and soulful grooves of dance music at the hands of a skilled technician - the Club DJ. Larry Levan is arguably the first superstar DJ. In the 80’s he became a legend on the dance floor at the Paradise Garage in NYC for his ability to move the crowd into ecstasy with his selection of music and marathon sets. The cult of the DJ and dance music then traversed the globe, revolutionizing the dance floor with its new electrifying sound, pumping beats and elevating crescendos. Suddenly DJs were playing to crowds in the thousands, then tens of thousands and finally to over 1.5 million at the Love Parade in Berlin. The DJs became Gods using their turntables to inspire millions to dance with unabated joy. It was a revolution and yet somehow still retained its cool underground sub-culture status.
In LIQUID VINYL, the DJs discuss DJ culture and dance music from its modest underground roots to it supreme reign around the world. They elaborate on its spiritual side and cross-cultural appeal, but voice their concerns over Internet downloading and CD burning, identifying the piracy as the potential end to dance music. Yet, there seems to be no end in sight as the Winter Music Conference held annually in Miami, Florida continues to draw thousands worldwide to partake in the celebration of Dance Music, and Superstar DJs continue to sell out venues commanding huge salaries wherever they spin.