DETROIT LEGEND JEFF MILLS RELEASES EXHIBITIONIST 2 DOCUMENTARY EXPLORING THE ART OF DEEJAYING

Eleven years after techno legend Jeff Mills released Exhibitionist, this September 25th he will finally release Exhibitionist 2. Exhibitionist 2 is a documentary film that explores into the art form of DeeJaying – showing graphic views of how a DJ manages himself with the usage of new DJ technology. This project consists in capturing the DJ in multiple film recordings showing close- up and multi-angles that reveal exactly what a DJ does – how music is programmed and played for the purpose of dancing.

“Exhibitionist 2“ is a documentary film that explores into the art form of DeeJaying – showing graphic views of how a DJ manages himself with the usage of new DJ technology to create seamless mixes and complex transitions to the levels that were thought impossible decades ago. In this second volume, Jeff Mills goes even deeper into the art form to display, not only how he uniquely mixes music, but how he thinks in real time to create and work spontaneously like a musician playing a acoustic instrument or a soloist thinking of rhythms off-the-fly. This ambitious project consists in capturing the DJ in multiple film recordings showing close- up and multi-angles that reveal exactly what a DJ does – how music is programmed and played for the purpose of dancing.”

Being one of the few DJs of this time to constantly push the creative boundaries, Jeff Mills shows why dance music is still so unique and why it continues to be a creative platform well into the 21st Century.
Jeff Mills, Exhibitionist 2Mills further explains,

“Expanding the art form of Techno Music has always been an agenda that needed constant monitoring because it has the ability to greatly evolve and develop with each and every idea that is put forth and materialized. At angles that are not easy to see or recognize for most of the listening and dancing audiences, I’ve always felt that Techno dance music remains a mystery and would probably make more sense to people if they were allowed chances to understand how the music is being made and programmed – to witness this process from the beginning to the end. In 2004 and with this vision, it inspired me to create an observational film and DJ mix project entitled “Exhibitionist”. Released as the first DVD of its kind, it allowed the viewer the ability to pause, look, listen to and study the movements and methods of what a DJ really does. By allowing this, the viewer had the opportunity to see the technical process, something that for many decades remained out-of-reach. The acceptance of Exhibitionist was overwhelming positive as it instantly became the benchmark for DJ observational products and video programming and paved the way for many other similar film projects to follow.

Many years later, I realized that there was still more territory to discover, more things about the art form that needed to be exposed. Exhibitionist 2 is designed to go even deeper into the art form to display, not only how a DJ uses the latest technology, but how he thinks in real time to create and work spontaneously like a musician playing a acoustic instrument or a soloist thinking of rhythms on-the-spot. This is a rare opportunity to see how the technology of today is allowing DJs to be more free and thus, more creative. Exhibitionist 2 explores and emphasizes the aspect of spontaneity.

Improvisational elements that are sometimes overlooked because of the way new technology is being applied and used. To present this in the most profound way, I invited the Detroit native and master drummer Skeeto Valdez to explain what it means to solo – to think “in-the-moment” and not pre-plan or sort the music.“

The 2-DVD boxset + CD will be accompanied by a series of three 12″ EP releases.

 

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