Saam Farahmand is one of the hottest directors around, and he’s also an avid dance music fan. So it’s not surprising that Farahmand linked up with Soulwax and created the excellent tour documentary Part of the Weekend Never Dies. The film captures key moments during Radio Soulwax’s grueling global jaunt, which included 120 live shows and DJ gigs (where the band’s Dewaele brothers, David and Stephen, spin as 2ManyDJs). in North America, Europe and Asia. Armed with a video camera, passion for the music and the ability to stay up all night, Farahmand also interviewed close friends of the Belgian act, including Justice, Klaxons, Peaches, Tiga, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Nancy Whang. In the end, he captured what life on the road is really like for a band who also DJ at their own gigs, and provide the first cinematic document on the nu rave scene.
“I have been a Soulwax fan since seeing them play in 1999, and I have followed their evolution closely since then,” Farahmand tells Big Shot. “It was an honor to be asked to collaborate on a film project with them… we didn’t know exactly what it would be, but we knew if we worked on it together it would be right.”
Look for a full interview with Saam Farahmand in Issue 24.