Giorgio Moroder is a name with a deep history in the world of electronic music. From producing disco classics to acting as a tastemaker for club music worldwide, many have bestowed him the title of “Godfather of Electronic Music,” though it seems not to be his favorite nickname.
In an interview with The Guardian, Moroder noted, “I do not like being called the godfather of disco and electronic music either. It’s better than being called the grandfather, but I still don’t like it.” Continuing to deconstruct his storied past, he also revealed that he doesn’t find his chart-topping, Donna Summer-featuring, 1977 disco track, “I Feel Love,” to be a danceable song. “Can you dance to it? I don’t even like dancing, but my wife dances quite well a lot.”
Though Moroder claims to not even attend clubs, he is preparing for his first-ever live tour across Europe. The tour is set to capture a “discotheque feeling, [where I can be] spontaneous, not produce some big stiff concert like Hans Zimmer where you cannot change a note.” Uncharted territory for the famed producer, Moroder’s live tour is sure to hold some of the year’s top performances.
Giorgio Moroder has announced The Celebration of the 80’s Tour, which will see him embark on his first-ever headlining tour dates across Europe. While the man deemed by many as the father of electronic music has had countless headlining shows, at the age of 78, this will be his first official tour.
Playing a total of 15 shows through Europe and the UK in April and May 2019, The Celebration of the 80’s Tour will do what its title insinuates and celebrate the career of an electronic music pioneer and now icon. Flanked by his band and vocalists, the tour will focus on his music of the past and the present that has shaped electronic music’s future. The tour will also pay tribute to his longtime muse and collaborator Donna Summer, who with the direction of Moroder created evergreen disco hits like 1977’s “I Feel Love.”
Tickets for the tour will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 12. Learn more and get tickets here.
The Godfather of Disco is back, though this time Giorgio Moroder has surfaced with a much darker, dramatic offering than his Grammy-winning contributions to Daft Punk‘s 2014 comeback LP Random Access Memories. The “Good For Me” producer’s newest delivery marks his return to scoring film and television after nearly 40 years, with “Moyocoyotzin,” from the new soundtrack to USA’s Queen Of The South. Moroder, who is already an Academy Award winner for his work on 1978’s Midnight Express, along with credentials on 80’s flicks like Scarface and Cat People, lends his talents to the crime drama, joining with producer Raney Shockne on his latest.
“Moyocoyotzin” isn’t the first collaboration between Shockne and Moroder. The pair first linked up in 2016 on the soundtrack for Disney’s Tron RUN/r video game. Now they’re back together, proctoring an alluring, cinematic new electro composition. Leaning on dark, ominous sonics, wrapped in retro-synth appeal, Giorgio Moroder’s latest invokes a distinctly eerie aesthetic that sounds like it belongs in an episode of Stranger Things. Maybe a S U R V I V E collaboration is in order next?
In July of 1977 Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, and Pete Bellotte collaborated on a track that would forever alter the landscape of dance music. The fruit of their labor was “I Feel Love,” an undeniable number known as the first disco hit, “entirely produced with a synthesizer.”
With lyrics radiating sentiments of inclusivity and acceptance, the track proved to be a sensation in dance culture and revolutionary from a production standpoint.
The iconic track became a key influencer in music production with its synth work and Moroder could be found at the mast of music production after his debut on Casablanca Records, From Here To Eternity—a record that would be instrumental in the conceptualization of house music not long thereafter. Since that debut, Moroder has garnered four Grammys and three Academy Awards for his work.
In the 21st century, Moroder is experiencing a renaissance that has taken his legendary profile to new heights. Recent highlights include a high profile collaboration on Daft Punk‘s celebrated 2013 album Random Access Memories and the release of yet another album in 2015—Déjà Vuwhich charted #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums Chart.
In recognition of his astounding career, Brooklyn’s Schimanski nightclub will honor the fortieth anniversary of “I Feel Love” with an appearance from Moroder himself on July 27th. Hosted by Mixmag, Casablanca Records, and the Smirnoff Sound Collective, the event will toe the boundary of the past and present in an intimate atmosphere. Those present for last year’s festivities can attest, it’s sure to be an incredible time.
Fans can RSVP for the I Feel Love anniversary event here.