Real Scenes

Paris

A few years ago The New York Times and Le Monde were declaring the death of clubbing in Paris. It was a dark moment for a city that has at times stood alongside London, New York, and Berlin as one of the capitals of electronic music. With names like Laurent Garnier, Daft Punk, and Justice leading the way, Paris has seemingly always been a flashpoint for a unique spin on house and techno.

At the exact moment those articles were being written, however, things were beginning to change. Promoters like Sundae and Concrete experimented with throwing their parties on Sunday, taking advantage of a spot in the city where they don't have to worry about noise restrictions. Die Nacht, meanwhile, has devoted itself to finding unlikely spaces for their events. What's more, partygoers are now finally traveling to the suburbs, beyond the Paris Périphérique -- the road that encircles the city -- in search of a good time. It's a shift in attitude that has made Paris fun again.

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Los Angeles

In fall of 2015, RA crisscrossed Los Angeles' neighborhoods, gathering the perspectives of artists, promoters, record shop owners and historians on topics such as mainstream vs. underground music culture, the resurgence of Downtown LA, the West as a haven for free-thinking experimentalism, and the unexpected opportunities afforded by the city's vast sprawl. Alongside the documentary, RA also captured performances from a couple of the film's subjects. Gifted & Blessed is an Inglewood resident with roots in hip-hop who makes hypnotic, new age dance music.

  • 2018-11-03T08:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2018-11-10T07:00:00-08:00
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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.

  • 2018-11-10T07:30:00-08:00
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