Giorgio Moroder Is a 73-Year-Old EDM Badass
Giorgio Moroder is stressed.
Photo courtesy of Giorgio Moroder Vintage Moroder
Sitting at a cush booth at Spago in Beverly Hills, the Italian producer and two time Academy Award winner, trendy at the moment after his appearance on Daft Punk's recent album, just learned that his set at this weekend's Hard Day of the Dead will be 30 minutes longer than he anticipated.
He doesn't have enough material prepared.
He is freaking out.
At 73, Moroder will be the oldest person to ever play Hard.
He's been hitting the festival circuit lately, playing gigs in Japan, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil and Amsterdam and keeping the same pace as artists young enough to be his grandchildren.
He admits this jetset lifestyle is tiring, but the thrill of tens of thousands of people responding to the music he plays? That makes him smile.
Maybe you don't know Moroder beyond his cameo on Random Access Memories, "Giorgio By Moroder," but the man is one of the architects of EDM. He's been called the father of disco and is known for producing many of the hits by '70s dance queen Donna Summer, with whom he was close friends. That astral synth on Summer's "I Feel Love"? Classic Moroder. Or perhaps you've heard "Call Me" by Blondie? That's him too. "What a Feeling", from Flashdance snagged him one of the Oscars. He also wrote the theme song for the 1984 Olympic Games in L.A. and "The Neverending Story" from the movie classic of the same name.
He perks up a bit when you mention this last song. "I just took that out of the mix. Do you think I should put it back in?" Um, yes!
Hailing from northern Italy, Moroder is basically a G. He's tight with the manager here at Spago, has worked with Bowie, produced the soundtrack for Scarface and once designed a limited edition Italian supercar. He lives in L.A. with his wife. They like the weather here.
While he tried to be a singer early in his career, he found was better suited to composing. "Every singer wants to become Michael Jackson, and now I'm almost like Michael Jackson. The second I go out there, 30,000 people are shouting. Basically, as a DJ, I'm where I really wanted to be as a singer."
His current wave of popularity was sparked by the rumor that he was working with Daft Punk. "Everyone in the world was waiting to hear that album, so to be part of it," he says, "suddenly I was back in business."
As such, a bunch of new school artists appear on Love to Love You Donna, a recently-released album of remixes by DJs including Afrojack, Holy Ghost! and Chromeo. He says it was emotional, listening to the master tracks of these songs (which he had been storing in his laundry room), and hearing the voice of Summer, who passed away last year.