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Inside VAULT Productions' Real-Time Doc On Electronic Music's Evolution During The Pandemic
Electronic music remains one of the most nimble, connected and innovative communities in the industry, even as its musicians, professionals and fans have been drastically affected by the 2020 coronavirus crisis. Now, a unique new documentary from VAULT Productions is exploring the devastating impact of the pandemic, how the genre has adapted and how the music will continue to pull us through. Check this out:
"Electronic music halts, evolves, and heals the world through the 2020 global pandemic and social revolution," the project's GoFundMe page. In addition to seeking to raise funds for the film's production, VAULT is also donating a portion of all proceeds to MusiCares.
The documentary will tell the story of today's unprecedented pandemic through the lens of electronic music and feature artists such as Sofi Tukker, Channel Tres, VNSSA, and Rinzen. The film will take you behind-the-scenes with well-know industry titans such as Billboard Dance, VitaMotus, Sound Nightclub, KCRW, Beatport and more, capturing the initial live event shutdown in March 2020, the subsequent rise of virtual performances and beyond, whereever the journey takes us.
"We’re living this story in real time, and will be in production until the day we capture artists stepping foot on a festival mainstage. Until that day, this production is our lives," the project's backstory reads. "So we’re committed to seeing it through with you."
The unconvential project exudes the passion and fierce indepent drive of the duo who back it, VAULT's Stephanie “Zilla” Barbosa and Leah Barylsky. The duo were both raised in Hawaii, althought they met on the mainland at a chance encounter after moving to Los Angeles to pursue careers in music, Barbosa as a DJ and radio producer and Barylsky as a cinematographer and editor.
"We discovered a shared reverence for electronic music and the community it birthed in warehouses, clubs, and festival grounds; a true melting pot that reflects the values we grew up with back home on the islands, sharing deeply-held beliefs about the power of both music and cinema, we knew we had to create together," they said. "Documenting this historic time from within our beloved electronic music community was a clear inspiration."
VAULT began to tease the documentary in early August, launching the GoFundMe shortly thereafter and setting out on a quest to raise the money needed to fund the film, all while supporting the ongoing offorts of MusiCares to help those in the music industry affected by the pandemic. Now you can get involved and support this independent, women-lead production while also helping music professionals and serving all genres of music.
"Our intention is to cinematically illuminate the unsung heroes who create your live music experience, and celebrate the resilient culture of the underground," they state, "right up until its onstage return."