The Best Biographical Techno Documentaries

The Best Biographical Techno Documentaries

By Sabine Spethling


Quarantine time is DJ live-streaming and techno documentary time! Make sure to bring a daily dose of electronic music to your homes by inviting techno pioneers to your living room. This article features the best biographical electronic music documentaries reaching from the freshly released “Miles to go” road movie by Andhim to the legendary “Pioneers of Electronic Music” by Richie Hawtin.

This article is available as podcast episode on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.



Andhim – Miles to go (a road movie)

Two men, one car and 2000 miles of dust and drinks.

German DJ superstars Andhim take us on a road trip along the West Coast of the USA from San Diego to Vancouver, Canada. Fun, entertaining and the perfect movie during quarantine. Out now for free on Youtube.

Avicii – True Stories

The documentary of 2017 shows the downsides of the tough music business and deals with mental health issues and the tragic journey of Swedish EDM DJ Avicii, aka Tim Bergling.

Carl Cox – Space is the Place

RA and Channel 4 followed Carl Cox through the 2016 season in Ibiza and takes the audience behind the scenes of his life behind the DJ booth as well as his life off the island madness. The famous Space club an the scene on Ibiza play a huge role in this documentary, too.

Dubfire – Above Ground Level

Ali Shirazinia aka. Dubfire, the legendary US artist with Iranian roots invited artists like Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Pete Tong, Seth Troxler and more to talk about the tough music industry, what it needs to stay on top an much more.


Richie Hawtin – Pioneers of Electronic Music

‘This edition is a documentary film based on electronic producer, performer and industry icon, Richie Hawtin. The film draws from the important stages and events in Richie Hawtin’s personal and artistic life, revealing the journey of an introverted and transplanted computerminded teen that develops by way of Detroit’s radio and records fueled by pure driven passion into a successful techno-entrepreneur and global DJ entertainer.’

Blade&Beard – Raving Iran

The famous movie from 2016 about the two brothers Anoosh and Arash, DJs in Tehran’s underground techno scene. This documentary is showing how hard it was following their passion for techno in Teheran, why they needed to hide from the police and how they organised one last big rave in the desert. It’s also about how they managed getting booked by one of the biggest festivals in Switzerland.


Want to read or watch more? Check out Top 10 Techno Documentaries and 3 New Techno Documentaries.


Cover Photo by Sven Scheuermeier on Unsplash



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