underground rave DANCE DVD - "MELBOURNE SHUFFLER"
The Underground Phenomenon: The "Melbourne Shuffle” Emerges Into The Spotlight Through A Groundbreaking Documentary DVD
Melbourne based multimedia producers Underground Epidemic Productions (UEP) have completed the highly anticipated documentary revolving around the unique underground rave dance style known around the world as the “Melbourne Shuffle”. The “Melbourne Shuffler” has been released on a Double Disc DVD set.
Initially grown from the roots of Acid Techno/House music along with back stepping and psychedelic arm movements. The Melbourne Shuffle has no set steps but encourages individuality and imagination, incorporating dance moves from numerous styles such as miming, popping & locking, liquid and breaking. But the basis of the Melbourne Shuffle has traditionally been the footwork either performed sliding left to right, on the spot or in a triangular direction, but is evolving everyday.
Known as “Rocking” to the Melbourne locals the name Melbourne Shuffle has been derived from international DJs, overseas visitors and the media trying to describe this phenomenon.
The Melbourne dancers don’t dance for competition or to show off but for themselves, for fun and self-expression.
Learning by watching other dancers and incorporating variations into their own style they create an individual style representing their own personality.
The documentary traces some of the early beginnings of the Shuffle and shows how it has evolved and progressed into what it is today.
Interviews with Melbourne’s dancers old and new; discover why they dance, how they learned and what they get out of it!
To capture the Melbourne scene in its entirety the UEP team also interviewed lighting crews, party organizers, VJ’s and promoters to encapsulate all angles in which run together within the rave/electronic music dance community. The interviews featured also include homegrown DJ’s/Producers along with internationals, learning their thoughts on the rave/electronic music dance scene, Melbourne’s scene and the Melbourne Shuffle.
Over 2 years ago UEP embarked on a venture to capture the essence of Melbourne’s dance scene and it’s own dance style. Their mission was to create a DVD Documentary that would not only be cherished by all who have loved the dance but would be able to inform people around the world about this special phenomenon in an exciting new media experience. Rather than pumping out the usual crowd shots, laser shots and DJ shots mix of recent dance music DVDs, The Melbourne Shuffler documentary used guerrilla-style camera work and up-front and personal interviews to present an insiders look at the dance style.
UEP understood it was important to demonstrate the depth and diversity of the Melbourne dance culture showing the different subcultures that have been developed throughout clubs, warehouse parties and outdoor ‘doofs’ across many genres of dance music. To do this, the team ventured to 26 events and did over 65 interviews with DJ’s, Producers, Dancers, Lighting crews and Event organizers.
Interviewees include international artists such as UK’s Leeroy Thornhill formerly of supergroup ‘The Prodigy’, Nukleuz front-man Ed Real, Dark Trance lords Lab-4, Dutch artist Pascal Feliz from Waltz & Feliz were interviewed, along side Melbourne’s own Scott Alert, Simon Slieker, Garth, DJ Compound, Kelsta, Soul-T, Andy Golden, St.Luke, Itchy, along with Melbourne’s own shufflers.
The documentary tracks the origins of the Melbourne Shuffle back to the end of the 1980’s and the “Commerce Club” described by Dj’s Richie Rich and H20 and is also accompanied by footage of Melbourne’s early benchmarks like Razor, Global Village, Every Picture Tells A Story, Streetraves and Hardware parties.
Tek-ku - www.inthemix.com.au reporter, in her exclusive review of the documentary recently wrote…“I can honestly say I was left speechless”
“The sheer professionalism and quality of this documentary is outstanding and worthy of international attention and recognition. A multi-media experience that will touch people of all ages and backgrounds. It holds no boundaries in expressing and showcasing the essence of all the unique pieces of our dance Culture and the electronic music movement.”
The entirely Melbourne produced soundtrack ranges from Acid Techno, Psy-Trance, Hip-Hop, Breaks, Drum'n'Bass, Hardstyle to Hard Dance and Hard Trance. Soundtrack features music from - Ben Kakoschke, Siaqua, Zenergy, Brewster B, Syndrome, Benny Drohan, Itchy & Geezer, NFX, DJ Klasic, Pegz, Harvest Brothers, Elite and Andy Maurer, and has been mixed by Hard Kandy front-man Scott Alert.
The “Melbourne Shuffler” DVD is a DOUBLE DISC set supplying a mind blowing 78 minute Feature Length Documentary along with a vast array of extra’s providing an informative and innovative audio/visual showcase with OVER 3 HOURS of special features including:
- Multi-angle DJ Master Class with Master Kaos
- “A Day in the life of DJ Ben Kakoschke”
- Extra Interview Footage
- Extra Dance Footage
- Party Organisation Advice from some of Melbourne’s best
- VJ Animation
- Red-Light Raving!
- Extra Old-Skool History footage
The 4 minute TRAILER can be viewed on myspace at: http://www.myspace.com/melbourneshuffler
The 2-DISC DVD is available to purchase online at www.melbourneshuffler.com