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The extraordinary story of the DJ. With a cast that features todays biggest DJ stars and pioneers, we plot the amazing DJ path from invisibility to centre stage.

In the final, part we tell the story of the DJ. With a cast that features todays biggest DJ stars alongside house pioneers, we plot the DJ path from invisibility to centre stage. How is it that people who play records are today's highest paid music stars? As Norman Cook says, 'There's two types of people in the world. Those that hear a record they like and have to listen to it over and over again in their headphones. They're called normal people. Then there's another kind that as soon as they hear a record they like, they have to play it to loads of other people. And they're called DJs'.

Today the DJ is a major celebrity. Rich, influential and very powerful. As David Guetta says, 'It was impossible to think that we were going to become the biggest musical phenomenon in the world. But we did it'.

We follow the record box from Greg Wilson - demonstrating mixing two records on a 1980s edition of The Tube - through Ibiza vibe-pioneer Alfredo, to Paul Oakenfold's legendary sets at acid house night Spectrum. And we tell the stories of today's megastar mixers. DJs who earn upwards of $50 million a year.

With in-depth interviews with David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Black Madonna, Moby and Midland, we discover the highs and the inevitable lows of this new brand of music stardom. The sometimes isolated existence of the lone DJ is brought in to sharp focus by the recent tragic death of 28-year-old Swedish House megastar Avicii.

Other contributors include Pete Tong, Jeff Mills, Terry Farley, Fabio and Nina Kravitz.

59 minutes

Last on

Fri 5 Oct 2018 22:00


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:22

    Joey Beltram

    Energy Flash

  • 00:23

    Happy Mondays

    He's Gonna Step On You Again

  • 00:23

    Happy Mondays

    Kinky Afro

  • 00:24

    The Bucketheads

    The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)

  • 00:25


    For What You Dream of (Full On Renaissance Edit) (feat. Kyo Aka Carole Leeming)

  • 00:25

    Fatboy Slim

    Right Here, Right Now

  • 00:27

    The Housemartins

    Caravan Of Love

  • 00:27

    Beats International

    Just Be Good To Me

  • 00:29

    Fatboy Slim

    Gangster Trippin

  • 00:30

    Fatboy Slim

    Praise You

  • 00:31

    Azzido da Bass

    Dooms Night

  • 00:31

    Paul van Dyk

    For An Angel

  • 00:32

    Binary Finary

    1998 (Paul Van Dyk Remix)

  • 00:36

    William Orbit, Tiesto

    Adagio For Strings

  • 00:42

    The Black Eyed Peas

    I Gotta Feeling

  • 00:46

    Steve Aoki & Headhunterz

    The Power of Now

  • 00:45


    We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)

  • 00:47

    Kid Cudi

    Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix)

  • 00:49

    Walter Murphy

    A Fifth Of Beethoven

  • 00:51


    Odd Look


Role Contributor
Narrator Rosalind Eleazar
Series Producer Steve Condie
Producer Nico Wasserman
Executive Producer Jez Nelson
Production Manager Lee-Anne Richardson
Editor Craig Slattery
Editor Paul Ruston
Editor Jonny Quinn
Producer Mira Aroyo
Producer Nicky Lessware
Production Manager Jenny James
Production Coordinator Clare Porter
Production Coordinator Eleanor Gecks
Production Coordinator Abi Beasley
Producer Karen Walsh
Producer James Hunt
Re-recording mixer John Scott
Colourist Chris Greybe
On-line editing Paul Ruston
Music Supervisor Gary Welch
Director of photography Franklin Dow
Sound Andy Hewitson


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