Spectacular and insightful are two of the first words that come to mind upon first play. Part comedy, part reality TV, this DVD is the perfect reminder of the best part of WMC 2002, and quite simply, THE best DJ event ever to hit North American shores. For anyone who is a fan of Sasha and Diggy, this DVD is a MUST BUY. Not only does it make you feel like you are there, it makes you feel like you are one of them at different points throughout. With a nice host of added features, you become the interviewer, the VJ, and the fan, all making this package a MUST HAVE for any fan of electronic dance music.
The "meat" of the DVD is a wonderfully filmed synopsis of the 66-day Hop-scotch game the Delta Heavy Tour did, way back in 2002. Beginning with an awestruck display in the Miami Arena on March 23rd, at the height of Winter Music Conference, Delta Heavy was just that and a whole lot more. I was fortunate enough to have caught 2 of the 35 gigs that were spread out across nearly 16,000 miles of highway, including that opening night. This DVD brought back some great, albeit hazy and sweaty, memories of that night, and proudly shows the world a glimpse inside one of those powerfully moving nights.
Tour producer Kevin Lyman, creator of the Warped Tour, took the funding of Clear Channel Communications and ran with it, stuffing Sasha, Diggy, and Jimmy Van M down the throats of lucky kids in cities as far away as Rochester, NY, Columbus, OH, and Boise, ID. What this film does is prove to the detractors of dance and rave events that full-scale tours, similar to rock concerts, can happen and be successful in the DJ world. Hopefully, with top-notch artists like Sasha and Diggy, and their amazing tracks such as "Heaven Scent" and "Wavy Gravy", events like these will continue to bloom and be fruitful well into the future.
What makes this a MUST HAVE are the great images of being on stage with the artists, making you feel like you are part of the crew. Captured on film as being happy, outgoing, and always charming, Sasha and Diggy are surrounded by a colorful cast of real-life characters, such as former Orlando mates of mine, Tim Skinner (also known as DJ Apollo in our day), the soft-spoken Jimmy Van M, and a brief cameo from Sean Cusick (Q6) who has the best line in all of the film, with the drunken roundabout meaningless message, "Things are more like they are now, then they've ever been before."
THAT is Delta Heavy, folks!-- review by Carl Noone Jr.