Earlier this year, word spread that HBO was interested in creating Higher, a half-hour comedy series centered around today’s dance music culture. Sources stated that Irvine Welsh, the author behind critically-acclaimed novels Trainspotting and Ecstasy, had been chosen to write the show’s premise, and that fellow Scotsman and dj Calvin Harris was also brought onboard as the script’s consultant. Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about EDM crossing into television, as rumors of a ‘Jersey Shore’-esque reality series and a Diplo-produced movie both made headlines throughout last year. Although we haven’t seen much discussion on these productions since their announcements, it seems that Higher is officially still on track for hitting the silver screen.
Recently confirmed in an interview with InTheMix, Irvine Welsh states “We’ve been working on stuff and trying to get something together. It’s a comedy about the rise of a DJ through the world of electronic dance music, from humble origins to becoming a superstar DJ… The idea’s to make it very character-driven as well – you’ve got [touchstones] like Human Traffic and Project X and that kind of territory, and Entourage is another one too; you know, about the people that are around them.”
With all the information provided, we have “high” hopes that Welsh and Harris will make the show both dynamic and attractive. Along with consulting on the script, Harris has also been asked to create the soundtrack to the series, which will surely help represent the show's culture as well. The team of producers behind the show, which include Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Jay-Z, have also had their fair share of experience in the TV and music industries, however we are still a bit skeptical on their intended influence in the show altogether.
Higher is still in its preliminary stages, so we don't want to make any final resolutions on what to expect just yet. All we can hope is that Welsh, Harris, and HBO all shed a positive light on EDM culture in this new series, and make us laugh a little while they're at it.