Unique, Frenzied And Entertaining Look Inside The Iconic NYC Record Label That Made The Indie Kids Dance
Featuring Appearances By James Murphy, Jonathan Galkin, Juan Maclean, Members Of LCD Soundsystem And Many More
May 25: Red Bull Music Academy Presents Seven-Hour 12th Anniversary Party At Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall Featuring The Entire Label Family
Today, May 8th Red Bull Music Academy released a 12-minute short film about New York record label, DFA Records. Fans will catch a rare inside look into the history, stories and details that accompany the origination and daily operations of the “iconic and somewhat renown independent music label.” From interviews with founders James Murphy and Jonathan Galkin to candid appearances by members of LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, and Holy Ghost!, to unseen archive footage, the unique story of this NYC institution will be told for the first time.
Founded in 2001 by James Murphy, Jonathan Galkin, and Tim Goldsworthy, DFA Records is home to the likes of Juan Maclean, Sh*t Robot, Planningtorock, YACHT, and many more. The label has grown steadily over the past 12 years, having released 141 12’’ singles, 34 albums, and six compilations – all while keeping its production and operations small and family-like, as Galkin describes in the film, “DFA is a family; ‘dysfunctional’ is a good word to use.”
DFA Records was instrumental in sparking a musical movement now commonly referred to as indie dance. “Throughout the 90s dance music was not something that was accepted in any way in the indie rock world,” says The Juan Maclean. By almost single-handedly changing that, DFA became an era-defining New York City institution.
Galkin comments, “this film perfectly and quickly captures the story of our label DFA, a story that is told many different ways by many different characters – and honestly no one remembers much all too clearly. The filmmakers really capture the close knit creative sprit of what we do and the perculiar ways we do it.”
Alongside the short film, on May 25th, Red Bull Music Academy will take over Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall for an epic seven-hour, multi-room celebration of the label’s 12th anniversary. The night will see performances by James Murphy and over 15 more live acts and DJs spanning the entire history of DFA, including some fist ever US performances.
“Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic: 12 Years of DFA” is a m ss ng p eces production. m ss ng p eces is a Brooklyn-based production company inspired by storytelling, technology and the limitless potential of the web. Narrated by Marc Maron and directed by Max Joseph (of MTV’s Catfish), the originality and creativity of the short film is a true testament to the vision of m ss ng p eces. CEO and Executive Producer Ari Kuschnir says, “DFA’s music was a part of the reason why I moved to New York, so it’s been a dream to tell their story for the first time. It feels like a way to give back for all those sweaty nights I’ve danced to DFA songs, and a great reminder that all successful creative families are lovingly dysfunctional. I hope a new generation will watch this film, get inspired, and get into the music.”
“Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic: 12 Years of DFA” will be released on www.redbullmusicacademy.com on May 8th at 10am Eastern Time.
Fans can also listen to songs from the film and other DFA favorites on Spotify.
www.redbullmusicacademy.com is an essential online destination for those with a passion for sound. With an archive of hundreds of lecture videos – featuring musical luminaries ranging from Erykah Badu to MF Doom, Skream to Morton Subotnick, and everything in between – the site is a perennial one-stop-shop for inspiration on the web. The website also plays home to Red Bull Music Academy Films, written features from today’s top music scribes, and of course daily updates from the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy that is currently happening in New York City through May 31st.