Giorgio Moroder

The Playlist: Giorgio Moroder

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Giorgio Moroder revolutionized club music. Here are five songs that got him hooked and inspire him today.

In 1977, Giorgio Moroder revolutionized club music with the global hit “I Feel Love.” He went on to work with stars like David Bowie and Blondie and composed Academy Award–winning movie scores for Flashdance and Midnight Express before retiring in 1990.

Daft Punk put him back in the limelight with a collaboration on their 2013 album Random Access Memory. Now, Moroder has a comeback album of his own: 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. Without the Internet, these things were harder back then. It turned out to be ‘Diana’ that got me into making music professionally. I did a cover version of the song 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

“Usually I’m not a big hip-hop fan. I do like Kanye West’s productions, but, especially with gangster rap, I simply don’t understand the lyrics. Having said that, Iggy Azalea’s approach to it is something I really appreciate: This is a great song with great lyrics. 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 very interesting. The sounds these young producers create are amazing and beautiful, but 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 at some point in future.”

Zedd feat Foxes: Clarity

“This is a great song that deserved the Grammy it won last year for best dance recording. Zedd’s sense for arrangements 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’s going to be the new Donna Summer.”


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