We all know the music industry is tough on artists. We hear industry professionals talk often of the toll touring takes on the mind, body and spirit, but it’s another thing to see that toll in action. There’s also the pressure from label executives to produce hit after hit, the input from suits telling you “it’s not edgy enough,” “it’s not pop enough” and the like. It can all be very disheartening, but there’s a silver lining: You’re a music lover living your dream.
In a forthcoming documentary, Matoma lets the world look in on the good, the bad and the ugly of his life. Matoma: One in a Million was directed by Tobias Frøystad and captures two years in the Norwegian DJ and producer’s life, and it comes on the heels of his debut album release, also called One in a Million. The trailer promises something emotional and eye-opening, with footage of Matoma wavering between powerful and frustrated behind the decks, exhausted and alone in hotel rooms, tireless and perhaps annoyed in the studio, and looking for escape in exotic locales.
His is an interesting voice in the ongoing dialogue about the truth behind dance music’s light and dark sides. Matoma: One in a Million sees release on Dec. 18. Watch the trailer below and visit the movie’s website for more information.