Wait, what did we just watch, exactly?

So, there’s some sort of EDM movie involving Zac Efron. And then 128 bpm the… what?!

Laptops?

eBay?

2006 club hits by Justice … as the title / hit tune … hashtag?

Obvious DJ gear but also … as Aroon Karvna notes “WTF detail: there’s a Buchla Music Easel at 1:25.” Holy boutique modular, Batman, you’re right!

I want to comment. But I feel I’m walking into a big trap. Could it be worth it to someone to actually troll all DJs everywhere with a trailer? Is there a real movie, or is this all a viral campaign to sell something else? Like maybe a new turntable or something; I don’t know. Why do I have a feeling marketing departments at DJ manufacturers paid good money to make sure their gear wasn’t seen in this film?

For now, I’m embarrassed on behalf of mixers, laptops, LA, the United States of America, music, and projectors in movie theaters.

Though I do agree that you should totally do some field recording for more interesting sounds.

When this hits video, though, watch it drunk with your DJ friends. And then – you’re welcome.

Tell you what, share this on social media and I’ll reward you with, well, really anything else in the hopes that we all regrow whatever brain cells we just murdered.

And thank you, The Debrief, who are as baffled as we are:
YOU WON’T WATCH ZAC EFRON’S NEW EDM FILM, BUT LOL OVER ITS TRAILER, PLEASE.

I swear I’m going to start rickrolling any comment trolls on CDM directly to a torrent of this film from now on. I’ll do it! Don’t think I won’t! That’ll teach ya.

Public service record:

I like to start at 125 bpm, too. But 960 bpm – that’s the magic number.

Side note: wow, CDM is still older than that 2006 Justice hit. Crazy.

Remember, for reference. At top, actual movie. Below, parody from earlier this year (a take on the jazz film Whiplash). The parody movie looks oddly more realistic, more accurate, less far-fetched, and with … more sympathetic characters?! What?

  • Dennis Parrott

    oh my gawd. the horrors… the horrors…

  • Dennis Parrott

    oh my gawd. the horrors… the horrors…

  • Dennis Parrott

    oh my gawd. the horrors… the horrors…

  • Freeks

    There already is a movie about EDM DJ: It’s All Gone Pete Tong:
    https://youtu.be/WGsCzaI5qrM

    But as it’s from 2004 and it’s British and dj’s play vinyl and it sets to Ibiza it’s obviously a bit less douchebag movie. But just a bit πŸ˜€

    • Colin C.

      Great film! It’s meant to be a piss-take however: Megalomaniacal Deaf DJ who turns his life around. It’s great. I don’t think “We Are Your Friends” was written to make fun of itself AT ALL. And there in lies it’s issues (besides being directed by someone from that Catfish MTV show…)

    • CL

      It is a fantastic movie

    • Pete K

      what do you mean by “bit less douchebag”….? “It’s All Gone..” – is a classic ! brilliant movie, tons of cameos of real djs..whole story is obviously fake but, clubs he is djing in and overall feel is authentic, it’s also a great story… how dare you compare it to this garbage with Efron..shut your mouth you don’t know what you’re talking about

  • Freeks

    There already is a movie about EDM DJ: It’s All Gone Pete Tong:
    https://youtu.be/WGsCzaI5qrM

    But as it’s from 2004 and it’s British and dj’s play vinyl and it sets to Ibiza it’s obviously a bit less douchebag movie. But just a bit πŸ˜€

    • Colin C.

      Great film! It’s meant to be a piss-take however: Megalomaniacal Deaf DJ who turns his life around. It’s great. I don’t think “We Are Your Friends” was written to make fun of itself AT ALL. And there in lies it’s issues (besides being directed by someone from that Catfish MTV show…)

    • CL

      It is a fantastic movie

    • Collector43

      what do you mean by “bit less douchebag”….? “It’s All Gone..” – is a classic ! brilliant movie, tons of cameos of real djs..whole story is obviously fake but, clubs he is djing in and overall feel is authentic, it’s also a great story… how dare you compare it to this garbage with Efron..shut your mouth you don’t know what you’re talking about

  • Freeks

    There already is a movie about EDM DJ: It’s All Gone Pete Tong:
    https://youtu.be/WGsCzaI5qrM

    But as it’s from 2004 and it’s British and dj’s play vinyl and it sets to Ibiza it’s obviously a bit less douchebag movie. But just a bit πŸ˜€

    • Colin C.

      Great film! It’s meant to be a piss-take however: Megalomaniacal Deaf DJ who turns his life around. It’s great. I don’t think “We Are Your Friends” was written to make fun of itself AT ALL. And there in lies it’s issues (besides being directed by someone from that Catfish MTV show…)

    • CL

      It is a fantastic movie

    • Collector43

      what do you mean by “bit less douchebag”….? “It’s All Gone..” – is a classic ! brilliant movie, tons of cameos of real djs..whole story is obviously fake but, clubs he is djing in and overall feel is authentic, it’s also a great story… how dare you compare it to this garbage with Efron..shut your mouth you don’t know what you’re talking about

  • Reverse Equity Inc

    Let me guess…. Walk On parts for ThreadBlau6 und Scrotex.

  • Reverse Equity Inc

    Let me guess…. Walk On parts for ThreadBlau6 und Scrotex.

  • Reverse Equity Inc

    Let me guess…. Walk On parts for ThreadBlau6 und Scrotex.

  • I love it. It’s a dead-on portrayal of the EDM scene bros who start every song with Vengeance drums, spam my soundcloud with “check out my track bro” comments, refer to their favorite remixes as “weapons,” and think of every gig and release in terms of “making it” as a DJ. They’re not posers or hustlers or scenesters or fakers, they’re just tools. And they’re everywhere.

    • NRGuest

      The only problem, if there is any hint of self-deprecating irony in the film, the intended audience will totally miss it.

  • I love it. It’s a dead-on portrayal of the EDM scene bros who start every song with Vengeance drums, spam my soundcloud with “check out my track bro” comments, refer to their favorite remixes as “weapons,” and think of every gig and release in terms of “making it” as a DJ. They’re not posers or hustlers or scenesters or fakers, they’re just tools. And they’re everywhere.

    • NRGuest

      The only problem, if there is any hint of self-deprecating irony in the film, the intended audience will totally miss it.

  • I love it. It’s a dead-on portrayal of the EDM scene bros who start every song with Vengeance drums, spam my soundcloud with “check out my track bro” comments, refer to their favorite remixes as “weapons,” and think of every gig and release in terms of “making it” as a DJ. They’re not posers or hustlers or scenesters or fakers, they’re just tools. And they’re everywhere.

    • NRGuest

      The only problem, if there is any hint of self-deprecating irony in the film, the intended audience will totally miss it.

  • Sample of Wormhole

    It can be fun or painfull to watch but I’m 100% sure that it won’t be accurate ^^

  • Sample of Wormhole

    It can be fun or painfull to watch but I’m 100% sure that it won’t be accurate ^^

  • Sample of Wormhole

    It can be fun or painfull to watch but I’m 100% sure that it won’t be accurate ^^

  • get behind me satan

    the funny thing is that if you watch it drunk with your dj friends you’ll have to hurry up because they ‘dj’ on the same device that you watch this ridiculous movie on.

  • get behind me satan

    the funny thing is that if you watch it drunk with your dj friends you’ll have to hurry up because they ‘dj’ on the same device that you watch this ridiculous movie on.

  • get behind me satan

    the funny thing is that if you watch it drunk with your dj friends you’ll have to hurry up because they ‘dj’ on the same device that you watch this ridiculous movie on.

  • Colin C.

    Maybe I’m old, but in America we tried this all ready with Groove and Go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkQNTD8xe5g
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQHx7atEh1w

    These current ‘EDMers’ seem to forget there was a time before them πŸ™‚

    • Rui

      I loved watching Go at that time… now you made me feel old πŸ˜‰

    • Ha, I saw GO in a theater…

      Groove, not so much: so many great one-liners in that trailer for anyone organizing events. πŸ˜‰

      As for whether we feel old, uh — heheh, well, let’s see. Groove has all those great shots of exciting email and Palm handhelds.

      But then this movie is making references in 2015 to eBay, blogs, and 2006 club hits… what year is this supposed to be, anyway?

  • Colin C.

    Maybe I’m old, but in America we tried this all ready with Groove and Go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkQNTD8xe5g
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQHx7atEh1w

    These current ‘EDMers’ seem to forget there was a time before them πŸ™‚

    • Rui

      I loved watching Go at that time… now you made me feel old πŸ˜‰

    • Ha, I saw GO in a theater…

      Groove, not so much: so many great one-liners in that trailer for anyone organizing events. πŸ˜‰

      As for whether we feel old, uh — heheh, well, let’s see. Groove has all those great shots of exciting email and Palm handhelds.

      But then this movie is making references in 2015 to eBay, blogs, and 2006 club hits… what year is this supposed to be, anyway?

  • Colin C.

    Maybe I’m old, but in America we tried this all ready with Groove and Go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkQNTD8xe5g
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQHx7atEh1w

    These current ‘EDMers’ seem to forget there was a time before them πŸ™‚

    • Rui

      I loved watching Go at that time… now you made me feel old πŸ˜‰

    • Ha, I saw GO in a theater…

      Groove, not so much: so many great one-liners in that trailer for anyone organizing events. πŸ˜‰

      As for whether we feel old, uh — heheh, well, let’s see. Groove has all those great shots of exciting email and Palm handhelds.

      But then this movie is making references in 2015 to eBay, blogs, and 2006 club hits… what year is this supposed to be, anyway?

  • Ben Todd

    “But if you’re a DJ, all you need is a laptop, some talent and one track.”

    Yeah, okay…
    If all you have is one track and some talent, you shouldn’t even have a youtube video, let alone a movie.

  • Ben Todd

    “But if you’re a DJ, all you need is a laptop, some talent and one track.”

    Yeah, okay…
    If all you have is one track and some talent, you shouldn’t even have a youtube video, let alone a movie.

  • Ben Todd

    “But if you’re a DJ, all you need is a laptop, some talent and one track.”

    Yeah, okay…
    If all you have is one track and some talent, you shouldn’t even have a youtube video, let alone a movie.

  • ijima

    Take one part cranked + one part trainspotting + one part step up/any other dance based teen flick — add them up, put on the hotties, and top with a 10 year old french electro track together with the side chain pumping action. I’m surprised noone added a skateboarding scene in there somewhere.

    This will make big bucks. Now go and make another one with morton feldman and morgan freeman.

    • Regend

      Gleaming the Cube

  • ijima

    Take one part cranked + one part trainspotting + one part step up/any other dance based teen flick — add them up, put on the hotties, and top with a 10 year old french electro track together with the side chain pumping action. I’m surprised noone added a skateboarding scene in there somewhere.

    This will make big bucks. Now go and make another one with morton feldman and morgan freeman.

    • Regend

      Gleaming the Cube

  • ijima

    Take one part cranked + one part trainspotting + one part step up/any other dance based teen flick — add them up, put on the hotties, and top with a 10 year old french electro track together with the side chain pumping action. I’m surprised noone added a skateboarding scene in there somewhere.

    This will make big bucks. Now go and make another one with morton feldman and morgan freeman.

    • Regend

      Gleaming the Cube

  • unsaame

    A fairly accurate portrait of modern dj (and global) culture if I believe the trailer; vain attention seeking teenagers/twentysomethings with ADHD craving for money and fame.
    Enter the void.

  • unsaame

    A fairly accurate portrait of modern dj (and global) culture if I believe the trailer; vain attention seeking teenagers/twentysomethings with ADHD craving for money and fame.
    Enter the void.

  • unsaame

    A fairly accurate portrait of modern dj (and global) culture if I believe the trailer; vain attention seeking teenagers/twentysomethings with ADHD craving for money and fame.
    Enter the void.

  • gunboat_d

    So it’s Fast and Furious for EDM?

  • gunboat_d

    So it’s Fast and Furious for EDM?

  • gunboat_d

    So it’s Fast and Furious for EDM?

  • Foosnark

    That title… I’m reminded of something else.

  • Foosnark

    That title… I’m reminded of something else.

  • Foosnark

    That title… I’m reminded of something else.

  • HenryRollinsAgedTaint
  • HenryRollinsAgedTaint
  • HenryRollinsAgedTaint
  • Simon

    Maybe because Justice is on Warner?

  • Simon

    Maybe because Justice is on Warner?

  • Simon

    Maybe because Justice is on Warner?

  • beebass

    Great to see “Justice vs Simian – We are Your Friends” so prominently displayed – great song & awesome bass line!

  • beebass

    Great to see “Justice vs Simian – We are Your Friends” so prominently displayed – great song & awesome bass line!

  • beebass

    Great to see “Justice vs Simian – We are Your Friends” so prominently displayed – great song & awesome bass line!

  • Florian Krause

    “But if you’re a DJ, all you need is a laptop, some talent and one track.”

    Oh, so it IS one track! I always thought all EDM tracks just sound very similar… πŸ™‚

    “I start with 125 and slowly bring it up song by song. 128 that is the magic number”

    I always found that 115 – 140 BPM is a very boring tempo range. And variation of only 3 BPM over a whole evening does not help to make it more interesting.

    Dance music used to be so much better…what happened?

    • WayFastTippyToes

      “115 – 140 BPM is a very boring tempo range”
      “Dance music used to be so much better…what happened?”

      Your one of those guys, ey? I’m sure your a blast at parties.

  • Florian Krause

    “But if you’re a DJ, all you need is a laptop, some talent and one track.”

    Oh, so it IS one track! I always thought all EDM tracks just sound very similar… πŸ™‚

    “I start with 125 and slowly bring it up song by song. 128 that is the magic number”

    I always found that 115 – 140 BPM is a very boring tempo range. And variation of only 3 BPM over a whole evening does not help to make it more interesting.

    Dance music used to be so much better…what happened?

    • WayFastTippyToes

      “115 – 140 BPM is a very boring tempo range”
      “Dance music used to be so much better…what happened?”

      Your one of those guys, ey? I’m sure your a blast at parties.

  • Florian Krause

    “But if you’re a DJ, all you need is a laptop, some talent and one track.”

    Oh, so it IS one track! I always thought all EDM tracks just sound very similar… πŸ™‚

    “I start with 125 and slowly bring it up song by song. 128 that is the magic number”

    I always found that 115 – 140 BPM is a very boring tempo range. And variation of only 3 BPM over a whole evening does not help to make it more interesting.

    Dance music used to be so much better…what happened?

    • WayFastTippyToes

      “115 – 140 BPM is a very boring tempo range”
      “Dance music used to be so much better…what happened?”

      Your one of those guys, ey? I’m sure your a blast at parties.

  • Michael L

    Strange but True: According to IMDB, the person who wrote/directed this film also directed the 2009 film, “Let’s Harvest the Organs of Death Row Inmates”

  • Michael L

    Strange but True: According to IMDB, the person who wrote/directed this film also directed the 2009 film, “Let’s Harvest the Organs of Death Row Inmates”

  • Michael L

    Strange but True: According to IMDB, the person who wrote/directed this film also directed the 2009 film, “Let’s Harvest the Organs of Death Row Inmates”

  • jjbbllkk

    And now we have a parody of the trailer. Thank god :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaI310B_SBQ

  • jblk

    And now we have a parody of the trailer. Thank god :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaI310B_SBQ

  • jblk

    And now we have a parody of the trailer. Thank god :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaI310B_SBQ