Giorgio Moroder: 'The man who invented dance music'
- Henry Northmore
- 28 March 2019
Pioneer of electronic music heads off on his first ever UK tour
When no less an authority than Nile Rogers calls you 'the man who invented dance music, you must have played a pretty important role in the world of club culture. Now 78, Giorgio Moroder was a true pioneer of electronic music. His production work on Donna Summer's disco classics 'I Feel Love', 'Hot Stuff' and 'Love to Love You Baby' set a new benchmark in the genre. He gave disco sophistication and sex appeal and turned the then unknown Summer into a star.
Moroder was one of the most in-demand producers of the 80s, working with David Bowie, Cher, Blondie, Freddie Mercury and many more while also composing scores for classic films such as American Gigolo, Scarface and The NeverEnding Story. His popularity and legacy has continued, with more recent collaborations with Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey and Kylie while his last album, Déjà Vu, featured guest spots from Sia, Charli XCX, Britney Spears and Kelis.
'The Chase' from the soundtrack to Midnight Express (1978) helped set the template for what would become techno. It also won Moroder his first Oscar; he'd later add two more to his collection as producer and writer of 'Flashdance … What a Feeling' (1983) and Berlin's 'Take my Breath Away' (from Top Gun, 1986).
Despite more than 50 years in the industry, surprisingly this will be Moroder's first ever UK tour, dubbed A Celebration of the 80s. 'It is something I have always wanted to do, fans kept reaching out to me, asking if I would ever do a real tour,' he explains. 'Back in the days, it was unthinkable for producers to ever leave their studios. That territory was reserved for the singers. Today, DJs and music producers have become the superstars of popular dance music, so the time feels right and I am so excited to be finally doing this.'
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Thu 4 Apr.