Five essential clubbing documentaries.

Over the years and its subsequent exponential growth, the concept of clubbing that we find in its main ambassador, Ushuaïa Ibiza, has reached the level of EDM totem. In addition to the music, other art forms have gravitated around and developed in unison with this cultural movement, literary, film, photography and sculpture, just to name a few. Cinematography has been especially present, with documentaries that chronicle the musical journey and life of the great artists of the EDM genre.

The number of clubbing documentaries has exploded in recent years, therefore we would like to recommend five essential ones whose protagonists have or have had a close relationship with Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, where every season the best DJs in the world grace our shores with the best music on the scene.


Avicii has reached the top of the EDM pantheon faster than any artist before him, from making music in his bedroom to filling out music venues for the best festivals in the world. “Avicii: True Stories” shows the meteoric rise and the struggle of such a journey, from his doubts and worries to the serious health problems that plagued him on his endless tours all over the world.

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel is also a part of this story, as Avicii´s last performance took place at the Playa d'en Bossa open-air club. An event that after Tim's unfortunate death in April 2018, became a part of the 21st-century history books in the world of music.

“Avicii: True Stories” Trailer


For millions of fans of electronic music, “Leave the world behind” is one of the best music documentaries ever made. It chronicles the up and downs of the Swedish trio, from great musical moments to the tensions that led to the break-up of the Swedish House Mafia in 2012.

This clubbing documentary takes us on a journey from "One Last Tour" with the MK Bowl performance, to the final performance at Ultra in 2013. It is a documentary that reveals the real reasons for their separation in a raw way, and an exceptional display of the dynamics of these great musical stars and the deterioration of their relationship over time. Fortunately, those differences were left behind and last summer we were able to enjoy Swedish House Mafia again at Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel with an impressive performance that reminded us of the reason for their success. 

“Leave the World Behind” Trailer


This electronic music documentary once again shows us another example of perseverance and how a boy and his synthesizers, production programs managed to make a mark and grab the attention of a saturated and competitive EDM scene. This is the story of Robbert van de Corput, better known as Hardwell an acclaimed artist in the clubbing world and one of the DJs who have revolutionized electronic music

While most kids his age were having fun and focusing on their studies, this young man from the Netherlands preferred to lock himself up in his rooms until he discovered a sound that made him famous. And he did it in record time, becoming the best DJ in the world for two consecutive years, 2013 and 2014. "I Am Hardwell" is the story of a dream and a young man's tenacity to carry it out... whatever it takes!

“I Am Hardwell” Trailer


On this list of some of the best and must-watch documentaries of electronic music, one name stands out among the rest, the pioneering, the legendary, the one and only: Daft Punk. “Daft Punk Unchained”, the documentary directed by Hervé Martin-Delpierre tells the story and showcases the creative talent of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, from their beginnings to their international success. The documentary is full of interviews and testimonials from friends of Daft Punk such as Pharrell Williams, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Kanye West and Michel Gondry, to name a few. From admiration and how their music impacted the music scene, Daft Punk have shaped and influenced the artistic journey of so many current artists.

“Daft Punk Unchained” Trailer


The young and prodigious DJ, Martin Garrix and the undeniable EDM guru Carl Cox star in the electronic music documentary "What we started", an interesting experiment that brings together the old and the new in the electronic music universe, highlighting the differences and also, the similarities between two generations that cast a huge shadow.

"What We Started" delves into the massive influence of Carl Cox on the history of electronic music and the explosion of EDM thanks to the emergence of incredible new talents like Martin Garrix. The documentary also features artists such as Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Seth Troxler, Erick Morillo, Moby, Paul Oakenfold, David Guetta, Tiësto and Afrojack.

“What We Started” Trailer

These five works are just a small sample of the extensive library of electronic music documentaries with which you can enjoy the best sounds while learning about personal and professional stories hidden behind the turntables of the most famous DJs of the moment. These are “pages” that form the history book of the EDM genre and bring us closer to the ins and outs of the music industry and to its biggest stars.

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