Giorgio Moroder: in the Moog for dancing
After years in the wilderness plotting pyramids, watches and supercars, the dance-music pioneer Giorgio Morder is back in the electronic limelight
“Sometimes I got offers from famous groups, and I thought, No, I won’t do that. It’s difficult for a producer to say no, but the manager can come up with great excuses. I made quite a lot of enemies, like some movie directors. I should have had better excuses.”
He might rue missed opportunities, but his music had a huge bearing on electronic music, hip hop, house, dance and pop. When Moroder hears some records today, he could swear he’s listening to his back catalogue.
“I could have done the Drive soundtrack 25 years ago. Obviously, the sounds are much better now than what I had then, but the style is the same. They did a good job just making something retro. Trent Reznor won the Oscar for The Social Network, which is all electronic, too, very like my old records.”
Now, post-Daft Punk, he’s back in clubs and discos, this time as a DJ. “I did a thing for Louis Vuitton in Paris, and I liked that. Then the Red Bull Music Academy asked me to do a DJ gig in New York, and that was very successful. I did another one in Tokyo, and I’ll be doing one in Sweden and Ireland. I’ll play my own songs, my hits, songs by Donna Summer, songs from the movies, a short version of my song with Daft Punk and some new stuff.”
He says he’s got a hunger again to make music. “My curiosity is still intact about my own music and being different. When you listen to American radio 50 per cent of it is dance music – or EDM, as they call it. It’s modern disco music with the same rhythms as before. It is not new.
“If you go back to I Feel Love, I knew it was fresh because no one else was doing that. That’s the difference. I cannot tell you what I’m going to do, but I have a great idea of a new kind of trend. It’s nice to do something by yourself.”
The pyramid in Dubai, you feel, is no longer on the to-do list.
Giorgio Moroder’s DJ set is at Electric Picnic on Friday