Giorgio Moroder

The Playlist: Giorgio Moroder

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Giorgio Moroder revolutionised club music- here are five songs, that got him hooked and inspire him today

In 1977, Giorgio Moroder revolutionised club music with the global hit, I Feel Love. He went on to work with the likes of David Bowie and Blondie, and wrote Academy Award-winning music for the movies Flashdance and Midnight Express before retiring in the early ’90s.

A collaboration on Daft Punk’s 2013 album Random Access Memory returned him the limelight, and now Moroder is back with new material. Déjà Vu features Kylie Minogue and Charli XCX, and proves he’s still the disco king. Here are five songs that got him hooked and inspire him today. 

Paul Anka: Diana

“I heard this song on the radio when I was 15 and I couldn’t get it out of my head. The problem was that I missed the artist’s name, so it took me ages to find the single at the local record shop – these things were much harder back then, without the internet. Diana was the song that got me into making music professionally. I did a cover version of it and that became my first moderate hit.”

Wendy Carlos: Switched-On Bach

“This record was the reason I started playing the synthesizer in the early ’70s. It was the concept and the sounds that appealed to me. Carlos played Johann Sebastian Bach’s Baroque sonatas with only her Moog synthesizer. Despite its experimental approach, it became the first classical album in history to sell half a million copies. It’s still a great album, even today.”

Iggy Azalea feat Charli XCX: Fancy

“I’m not a big hip-hop fan usually. I like Kanye West’s productions, but a lot of the time I simply don’t understand the lyrics, especially gangster rap. Having said that, Iggy Azalea’s approach to it is something I really appreciate: this is a great song with great lyrics. The same goes for Charli XCX, who sings the chorus. I liked her voice so much, I collaborated with her on my new album.”

Rihanna feat Calvin Harris: We Found Love

“I find current EDM music very interesting. The sounds these young producers create are amazing and beautiful, though sometimes I miss melodies and structures. That’s why I love Calvin Harris; he’s able to perfect both, which this tune proves. Excellent arrangement, great sound. Unfortunately I haven’t met him in person yet, but I’d love to work with him in the future.”

Zedd feat Foxes: Clarity

“This is a great song that deserved the Grammy it won last year for Best Dance Recording. Zedd’s gift for arrangement and melodies is magnificent, and Foxes also has a great career ahead of her. She’s one of the most talented and charismatic young singers around at the moment, a true disco queen of tomorrow. Maybe she will be the new Donna Summer.”

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