Giovanni Giorgio Moroder has one of the most impressive resumes in music. His pioneering work in disco during the 1970s fed a cultural phenomenon and inspired musicians for generations to come. He produced tracks for Donna Summer, David Bowie, and Blondie. More recently he has catapulted himself back into the popular imagination through his work with some of the artists he inspired, Daft Punk being the most celebrated. Kylie Minogue, Coldplay, Lana Del Rey, Madeon, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga can also count themselves a part of the Moroder Revival. His work in film includes producing soundtracks for American Gigolo and Scarface, and scoring Flashdance and The Never Ending Story.
Now the 74 year old Grammy and Oscar winner has launched a DJ career, and apparently sees spinning in front of tens of thousands as an accomplishment that outshines everything we just mentioned. In an interview reported by ABC News and the AP, Moroder says performing as a DJ makes him feel like Michael Jackson. From the AP:
“I always wanted to be a performer but never had a chance because my voice is not good enough, but now suddenly as a DJ I feel like an artist,” the 74-year-old said in an interview Monday. “And lately, I played to 30,000 people.”
He added with a smile: “Sometimes I kind of feel like I’m Michael Jackson.”
Moroder’s new album, 74 is the New 24, is scheduled for an April release.
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