The Agony and The Ecstasy, a Karma Production
When making a documentary it is vital that the core production and creative team have the same level of devotion to a subject as the contributors. And like a rave it is always better when everyone gets on the same wave length. With The Agony and the Ecstacy not only did we assemble a creative team of people who lived and breathed the rave scene, but a list of presenters and contributors who shaped it with their on blood sweat and tears. With the unique look of Karma’s Director of Photography Craig Herds Angel Wings interviews and a production team Led by Series Producer and Karmas own Executive Creative Director Michael Martin, Executive Producer Debby Lee and Production Manager Peter Baron, the three part series and bonus top 20 track rundown have become one of the hits of the year for Sky Arts and Sky on Demand.
The show is the story of rave, it’s musical and social origins, the personal stories from the DJs and promoters, with a series of dramatisations and original archive material to add vibrant colour to the films, all set to the authentic soundtrack of the time. Led by four of the biggest names in Dance music, each themed episode documents the events surrounding the parties, the music and the ravers themselves.
Episode 1: A Perfect Storm
Presented by Norman Jay MBE
Norman Jay MBE, the king of sound systems, a pirate radio originator, and a man awarded an MBE for his services to music talks to us about what music and freedom of expression means to people, and how rave music’s turbulent origins shaped a scene that went from illegal parties to a global industry. The global reach of the rave scene is illustrated by international contributors such as Roger Sanchez and DJ Alfredo, and the roots of the uk scene is represented by Danny Rampling, Graeme Park and Judge Jules amongst 36 key current dance music names and greats from raves eventful history.
Episode 2: Party people vs The Establishment
Presented by Goldie
“I like going against the grain, do you mind, the revolution is now in full flow, I don’t lie, I tell it straight”
The enigmantic DJ, Producer and artist Goldie presented episode two and brought a different type of energy to the camera. The theme of confrontation and struggle between authority and the rave scene is something he really connects with. The 27 contributors give candid accounts of their own personal struggles, successes and indulgences with the music always coming forward as the driving force.
Episode 3: From Rave to Riches
Presented by Paul Oakenfold
Paul Oakenfold is a superstar DJ whose musical knowledge and experience goes far beyond the tracks he is best known for. His own music and music he has produced is a part of peoples daily lives, his commitment and a wealth of experience are the reason he sits at the top of a global music empire worth millions. In this episode Paul and the contributors map out the way they got started, the success story that spawned clubs, parties and music genres across the world.
Episode 4: The Afterparty Playlist
Presented by Dave Pearce
One of the greatest parts of making a music documentary is choosing the soundtrack, and for the other episodes we dug deep into the bag. Episode 4 however focuses on the classics, the bangers that got everyone up back in the day and still get played regularly now. Dave Pearce presents 20 most influential tracks and the DJ’s remember the first times and best times those tracks have given them.