Watch a Short Film on the History of DFA Records

In 2013, DFA Records turned 12 years old, and the Red Bull Music Academy has released a short film (narrated by Marc Maron and directed by Max Joseph of Catfish fame) that, for the first time, documents their start and rise. It’s amazing to think that a label that helped usher in the dance-punk era of the 2000s is operated essentially by two guys in an office, with a studio in the basement. There are loads of previously-unseen archive footage, and a beautiful glimpse at an imprint that has released 144 12″ singles, 34 albums, and six compilations – many of today’s dance music acts could learn a thing or three from this label.

The film premiered on today, and on May 25, part of the Red Bull Music Academy’s New York City trek will be a special “12 Years of DFA Records” night, with James Murphy, Shit Robot, The Rapture, YACHT, and others performing live.