Those infatuated with music will look for sounds in all aspects of life. Whether it’s a vibing to a song in a clothing store or ID-ing a track from your favourite Netflix series, music fanatics will find sounds in the most random of places.

From cinema to games, pop-culture is littered with great soundtracks just waiting to be discovered. For Pop Culture Pick we asked some friends of ZF to chat about tracks they’ve discovered from places other than the realms of cyberspace.

First up is Welsh producer Dan Newman, who has released on our download series in 2019 with Twenty Four Seven, and in 2020 with F140. As his personal selection for the article, he decided on the  2011 British film Weekender.

Pictured left: Dan and a friend at festival in South Wales.

I can easily say without hesitation one of the most influential films for me (potentially the most) has been ‘Weekender’. I think I had first experienced the film when i had just turned 16, and this was at the same time DJing was becoming more prominent within my life.

At the peak of the rave movement in the early 1990’s the film follows a young group of friends based in Manchester who decide to throw their own raves within abandoned warehouses across the UK. The soundtracks within the film feature producers such as LFO, Marshall Jefferson, Inner City & Second Phase.

The soundtrack throughout the film is exceptional and every track within its own right is an absolute belter. The film has so much energy and for me it’s one of the best films to actually capture the feeling of what the golden era of dance music was like.

Me and a mate of mine were obsessed with the film at the time and as a result had searched almost every industrial estate within the area for an out of use warehouse, whilst also attempting to get in contact to anyone with a functioning sound-system (and willingness to let us use it).

Although unsuccessful in finding anyone mad enough to let two 16 year old boys use their prized sound-system, we were successful however in finding some information into where already established ones were going to happen, and this ultimately shaped our weekends for years to come.

Dan Newman

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