Over the past two years, Jay Z’s Made in America festival has brought together diverse lineups including Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Haim and Skrillex. But what happens when these artists actually get a chance to mingle backstage? In a clip from a new documentary that attempts to tell the festival’s story, the film’s director, Ron Howard, meets up with dubstep guru Skrillex and gets an impromptu DJ crash course. “I loved seeing your hands,” says Howard after Sonny Moore stitches together several tracks at lightning speed, including the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. “It’s like you’re a tap-dancer.”
“EDM music, people are dismissing as a fad, sort of like they did hip-hop,” Jay Z says at the end of the clip. “I think it’s gonna be a bit more sticky. I think it’s the music of the next generation… They’ll buy other music, but it’s like, OK, this music is ours.”
Last fall, Howard discussed the film with Rolling Stone. “There was this inspiring expression of possibility, self-reliance and an entrepreneurial spirit, which was what Jay Z was talking about initially, and I kept seeing it pop up over and over again,” said the director, who has since begun work on a project about the Beatles’ early years. “I wandered into this without any predetermined idea what the film would be about, but this was consistently something that the cameras were picking up.”
The full documentary is available today on DVD, Blu-ray and On-Demand today.