Richie Hawtin

'What We Started' looks at dance music history and raises questions about a way forward

'What We Started' looks at dance music history and raises questions about a way forward

The new EDM documentary “What We Started” begins with an ending.

Some of the first shots in the film follow DJ Carl Cox as he walks around the empty cavern of Space in Ibiza, the nightclub where he’d served as resident DJ since 2001. Cox is a North Star for contemporary house, techno and EDM, as the 54-year-old has been performing around the world for three decades.

The film juxtaposes his emotional walk around the venue, which closed last year, with the teenage EDM phenom Martin Garrix’s headlining set at Ultra festival in Miami.

It’s both a changing of the guard and a line connecting generations of...

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