“Can DJing be a music therapy tool? Can a shy kid perform in front of thousands? Will doctors prescribe music instead of Xanax one day?”
These are the questions being asked by the film-makers behind Before We Were Kings, a documentary exploring the idea that music can have a therapeutic effect on people who suffer from social anxiety. DJ personalities including Moby, Wolfgang Gartner, Sander Kleinenberg and Sandra Collins all feature, as they attest to the “healing” power of music.
Moby, whose life outside of music is notoriously reclusive, speaks on the role music – specifically DJing – has played in his life. “There’s almost more authenticity when I’m performing than there is when I’m interacting with people on a day-to-day basis,” he says in the trailer. Gartner, on the other hand, describes his craft as more of an act, where he plays the part of “superstar DJ” even if he’s naturally inclined to shy from the spotlight.
While Before We Were Kings is already in production, director Brandon Ross has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds that will allow him to film in New York, as well as find supporters of music therapy. “The filmmakers believe that music can be just as helpful as Xanax to someone who has anxiety or depression,” he explains.
“Through our research over two years, we have learned that music has been helpful to those on the autism spectrum, with speech impairments, or stroke victims. We believe in the POWER of music and think that MILLIONS of other people in the world do as well.”
Check out the trailer for Before We Were Kings below.