Matoma&#zero39;s Documentary &#zero39;One In A Million&#zero39; Is a Portrait of a Man, Not Just a DJ


Matoma was understandably nervous when he opened his life to documentarian Tobias Frøystad.

“I'm a really social and outgoing individual, nevertheless it needs to be on my phrases,” he says.

The Norwegian DJ and producer was conversant in the filmmaker's work on the comedic journey sequence Dexpedition, and although he admired his eye and sense of storytelling, it was the time and conversations they shared in person who clinched the deal.

“He's such a personality, and his persona simply glows,” Matoma tells Billboard Dance. “His positivity and good power is simply unbelievable. Being surrounded with that man for 2 years was only a very joyful and inspirational second for me. He contributed a lot enter that I wasn't used to.”

If something shines by means of within the ensuing movie, it's that Matoma — nee Tom Lagergren — cherishes household, honesty, exhausting work and down-to-earth personalities. One In A Million follows the entertainer from 2014 to 2017. It's a narrative of highs and lows, illness and well being, household and friendship. Most importantly, it goals to not glamorize or fetishize stardom, however solely to humanize Lagergren as one man doing what he should to comply with his ardour and unfold loving power wherever he goes.

“I've met so many DJs which have that ego,” he says. “They've been round for 5 months, had like one track and they’re so excessive on themselves. Five months later, they're gone, as a result of they didn't have that workload, didn't have that keenness in the identical method. You really want to place all the pieces you’ve gotten into this, as a result of competitors is so excessive and so exhausting. If you slack, then you can be forgotten.”

His family-first strategy pervades the movie. He selected Andrew Walker as his supervisor not as a result of the business man showered him in fancy dinners and costly presents, however as a result of he took his potential consumer to his dwelling to fulfill his household. Much of the footage from his time on the highway is spent beside his day-to-day supervisor Steven Roston, a person he comes to like like a brother. Meanwhile, the sweetest moments are shared between Lagergren and his true older brother, Dan, whose pleasure and approval appears important to Matoma's enduring power and creativity.

There are intimate portraits of the Lagergrens at dwelling, sourced when Frøystad joined the household for Christmas celebrations. It's from these quieter moments Matoma attracts when issues go awry on the highway, just like the time his tools broke mid-way by means of a set for a small, American faculty city. Instead of throwing a match, canceling and even rescheduling the present, the DJ rapidly moved the occasion to a bigger venue, noting on voice over that it’s way more essential to play a present to a half-empty room than to depart one's ticket consumers empty handed.

“If you don't deal with your followers as your loved ones, they may depart you, as a result of loyalty is the important thing to success on this enterprise,” he says. “You can have one hit and really feel that you simply're invincible, however when you dwell on that for half-a-year, and you then make some shitty music, when you don't have loyal followers, they gained't come to your reveals, and that's that.”

Lagergren's professionalism is one other big focus, whether or not intentional or not. He is at all times aware of how ingesting or partying is portrayed on digital camera, typically chiding Frøystad for filming he and his associates taking photographs or holding liquor bottles. He's removed from a sober man, however for Lagergren, the job comes first.

“I've seen different DJs greater than me that come, they’re there to do a job, and they’re so sloppy,” he says. “They don't care, and so they're virtually nasty. They're not being within the dialog, they're simply making their very own little world. I simply really feel like, if I’m going to a spot the place I do know they've labored exhausting to advertise the present and so they booked me, I'm there to do a live performance, and I need to do it in one of the simplest ways I can.”

Time and time once more, he speaks of spreading love along with his music, his performances, and his interactions with followers, reporters and friends within the business. His tropical-tinged sound tries to seize the carefree pleasure of summer season, a season of heat and freedom he got here to understand in wintery Norway. He at all times makes time for charity occasions, like a latest present in Detroit that raised cash for most cancers analysis, or how his latest One In A Million tour offset its carbon footprint by calculating prices from journey and power sources right down to the clothes, meals and journey of each ticket purchaser, then donating these complete prices again to the United Nations local weather change initiatives. It's simple on this mild to see why he was tapped to carry out on the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in 2017.

“You can have dangerous days. I had a nasty days. I can get up and really feel actually shitty, however that doesn't I ought to put my shitty power on one other individual, as a result of they don't deserve that,” he says. “I've discovered this from my father and my mother, that it is best to at all times get up within the morning and be joyful about your life, since you by no means know when it ends. You ought to at all times suppose 'that is your final day on Earth' and exit with a bang. Go out with positivity. Go out with good power, and exit with the perfect of your self, as a result of life is just too brief to not.”

One In A Million is now accessible in full on Apple Music. It's an actual emotional tear jerker, and if Frøystad completed his objectives, it's a movie everybody will relate to, dance fan or not. It definitely does a lot to encourage the viewer, if to not comply with their desires, than to attempt to kindness and openness in all the pieces they do. It's a pick-me-up for wet days and an invigorating view into the realities of life on the highway. It's additionally obtained a reasonably stellar soundtrack.