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Must-watch: ’12 Years of DFA’ mini-documentary

Got 13 minutes free? You could do a lot worse than spending it in the company of 12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic, an ode to one of the leading labels in electronic and indie music. With stars like LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture and Holy Ghost!, DFA has released 141 singles, 21 albums and six compilations since its humble beginnings in 2001.

The mini-movie – produced by Red Bull Music Academy, directed by one of the guys behind Catfish and narrated by comedy and podcast legend Marc Maron – shows the DIY spirit behind the New York-based label. Throughout, James Murphy’s desk at the office remains empty while he cruises around Jamaica and wise-cracks charismatically. Meanwhile, the DFA office is staffed by just two full-timers: Jonathan Galkin and Kris Petersen. Downstairs is a state-of-the-art studio where the magic happens, as Matt Thornley from The Crystal Ark shows us: “For an indie label to have a studio this complex, in the same building, is kind of rare.”

Galkin and Murphy became friends back in 2001, when the LCD leader DJed on the regular at the East Village’s Plant Bar. The pair hit it off and started building the DFA empire alongside British tastemaker Tim Goldsworthy with records from the likes of The Juan Maclean, Black Dice, Hot Chip and Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, whose Relevee got an indelible remix by Carl Craig. Then of course there’s the story of LCD Soundsystem, who produced some defining albums before bowing out with a farewell tour. From the looks of things, that’s left James Murphy free to now DJ wherever he pleases. Dive in below and feel inspired.