“You have to be ready to be nobody to be somebody!” is a phrase that shakes your brain.
“When you think about the things we like to do: sex, drugs, art and religion for example. Then these are all forms of devotion. It’s all things where we lose control and begin to be part of a larger entity.” Words like these, philosophical and moving, come to us in a movie that comes so close to the reality of musicians and music makers as never before. The Red Bull Music Academy celebrates its 15th anniversary and has created a fascinating documentary about making music under the direction of Ralf Schmerberg: What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music.
Making music is related to the universal questions of life
Brian Eno, Lee, Scratch’s Perry, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Richie Hawtin, James Murphy, and many more talk about the ups and downs of a life dedicated exclusively to music. With insights into the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York, produced by Schmerberg’s Berlin-based artist collective Mindpirates, the film focuses on the creative process of creating music – but at the end are universal questions about life itself. It follows the young artists who are Participate in the Academy and interview with musicians who have seen and experienced the changes in the music industry and explain their direct and indirect insights.