Electronic Dance Music, it's a genre that has been around for quite some time but even if you're not a big EDM fan, chances are you've still heard of the likes of David Guetta, Clavin Harris and maybe even Nicky Romero, Dillon Francis and Alesso all who make minor appearances in the film.
'We Are Your Friends' has a beat, yet it seems that not many are dancing to it. Let me try to paint you a picture of this film, given that the sound hasn't got the heart rate up to 128bmp. Played by Hollywood's teen heartthrob Zac Efron, the film follows a young San Fernando Valley wannabe DJ named Cole. For those of you who aren't aware of California locales, San Fernando is on the other side of the Hollywood sign away from the glitz and glamour. Now Cole (Zac Efron) and his best mates Ollie (Shiloh Fernandez), Mason (Jonny Weston) and Squirrel (Alex Shaffer) are all born and bred Valley kids. They've lived the 'normal' life, they've got the shitty job and now, more than ever they want out. That's where the audience comes in, as the boys promote an L.A club and in return get measly amounts for their strenuous efforts, or in Cole's case, DJ'ing, and not getting paid.
Within our first party scene we are introduced to James Reed (Wes Bentley) a world-famous DJ who kind of resembles Wolverine more than Hugh Jackman, but that may just be the constant state of intoxication and smell of alcohol. Wes' character is the cautionary tale of what happens AFTER your hit the big time. He's cynical, arrogant and getting less and less creative the further he delves into the whiskey bottle. That said, like any kid who's still admiring instead of being Cole looks up to him.
As I say that though we do have the crucial scene within this L.A party where Cole meets our female protagonist, Sophie (Emily Ratajkowski). It's your typical romantic sticky club floor moment in which they lock eyes and you know the hormones are raging. It's in this moment that we see that Cole isn't Zac's usual charismatic heart throb; he looks awkward, he sounds awkward and he outright puts his foot in it when saying that James Reed is washed up. I will reassure you that these scenes are far and few between.
We Are Your Friends' is a good movie, I highly recommend it, but maybe you should take a page out of Cole's book and take off the headphones, step away from the laptop and hear your own sounds, make your own mind up. Then, you won't be disappointed.