DJ Giorgio Moroder Talks Founding EDM, Loving The Chainsmokers and Why Disco is Back
Giorgio Moroder has helped to launch dance music into the forefront of our senses with his pioneering career that dates back to 1969. Paper Mag's Beatrice Hazlehurst talks to the living legend about the state of EDM.This article originally appeared on Paper Mag
You might be surprised to hear you don't technically need talent to make it in music, but according to Giorgio Moroder, its true. In fact all you really need, according to Giorgio Moroder, is taste. And if you have taste, according to Giorgio Morder and everyone who's anyone in music, you probably like Giorgio Moroder.
For the past 50 years, the Italian Elton John collaborator and Barbara Streisand confidante has remained one of the powerful puppeteers in music. You might even be a die-hard EDM stan without knowing his name, but you should. Not only did Giorgio Moroder discover disco (that's right) but he was engineering electronic music well before your first GarageBand masterpiece or thought to make yourself a Facebook fan page.
Now, at 76, Giorgio is moving centre stage. Still collaborating with some of the biggest names in modern music, the three-time Grammy and Oscar winner is now an international DJ, so worldly he can casually drop how much he loves New Zealand. Or why Freddie Mercury was hard work. Or that Daft Punk know his songs better than he does. Or the fact there's an all-disco, all-the-time club named after him in LA.
Speaking of disco by the way, according to Giorgio Moroder, it's back. Like Giorgio Moroder. Or maybe they just never left.
There seems to be a consensus in the music industry that you're the father of both disco and electronic music. How surreal is it to be credited with creating several of the biggest genres in music?
I'm lucky they don't call me the "grandfather" of EDM. There were three or four guys and me who established disco, then what I was one of the first ones with electronic. It was maybe '78, '79 that I was using all electronic instruments.
Which is crazy because the genre now is so heavily dependent on all this technology, but you were doing it well before that technology was available.
It was much, much more difficult to do it. I had the big modular which is the size of a wall. To get any sound out you needed to connect it like an old phone switchboard. It was totally out of tune all the time and now-
It's a laptop.
Yes, a laptop. You have all those sounds and so many more. It's still difficult, but much, much easier.
Right, and because of that technology there's this whole democratization of electronic music, where anyone with a laptop and some headphones could brand themselves a producer. How do you feel about that?
It's true! You have to have a little musical taste, but technically it's easier. You don't even have to play a keyboard anymore. You can put in a loop of a drum and that's it. Kids of seven or eight years-old could produce a good EDM track technically. If the people out there who buy the records knew how easy it would be to do it.