Real Scenes

"Real Scenes" will take audiences across the globe, to Johannesburg, Tokyo, Mexico City, and more, documenting global electronic music culture through the eyes of its protagonists. The documentary series will share how artists find inspiration in their urban environments. Each episode will also include exclusive live performances with some of the world’s leading electronic music artists, including Darkside, Nils Frahm, and Black Coffee.

The series is produced by Resident Advisor, the world's largest electronic music magazine. In keeping with RA's editorial focus, the series explores the independent artists and communities behind the world's most exciting music hubs.

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Mexico City

Life in the Mexican capital throws up many obstacles, but a small number of dedicated people are trying to build an electronic music scene in one of the world's most chaotic cities.

  • 2017-11-21T16:00:00-08:00
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Tokyo

To most of us, a police ban on dancing sounds like the stuff of dystopian nightmares, but in this episode of "Real Scenes," we see how this is a reality for people in the Japanese capital.

Johannesburg

South Africans are the biggest consumers of house music in the world, and Johannesburg is the beating heart of their scene. If you're looking for proof, there is no need to visit a nightclub. In turning on a television, listening to the radio or walking down the street, it's clear that a 4/4 pulse is the metronome of everyday life.

  • 2017-11-28T16:00:00-08:00
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New York

Not too long ago it looked like New York's glory days as a center for dance music had passed. As the birthplace of disco and hip-hop and the home of legendary nightclubs like the Paradise Garage, Limelight, and Twilo, the city has long been part of the cultural fabric. But as the notoriously grimy city of the late 20th century transformed into the sleek and hyper-gentrified metropolis of today, its thriving underground lost its foothold.

  • 2017-12-05T16:30:00-08:00
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Berlin

This episode of "Real Scenes" visits one of the most special places for electronic music in the world: Berlin. When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, techno became the underground soundtrack to the reunion between East and West. In recent years, it's become an international destination for ravers—a cheap place to party with clubs that are renowned throughout the world.

  • 2017-12-12T16:00:00-08:00
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