It’s no secret that iconic Italian producer Giorgio Moroder pioneered electronica music in the late 70′s to 80′s with larger than life hits like “Take My Breath Away” and his “I Feel Love” collaboration with Donna Summer. With the modern indie rock-pop’s ‘back-to-basics’ transition with tributes and influences similar to that of Moroder’s work, a remix collaboration was just an untapped opportunity waiting to happen. His latest undertaking takes on Haim, the California nu-folk band. Taking on the sister’s stand out hit “Forever,” the Italian icon instantly instills a prevalent disco-influence to enhance the Haim sisters’ vocal melodies. In typical Moroder fashion, a light, but insistent bass rhythm escalates to a deep vocal reverb interlude, creating a vast disco soundscape for the radio hit.Posted by
For those who aren’t quite ready to embrace full-blown holiday cheer, HARD is swinging it back to early November with their Day of the Dead recap. The three-minute revisit highlights attendees’ skull-adorned and electrifying costumes along with standout performances from one of the most anticipated festival lineups of the year. Watch and reminisce with HARD head honcho Gary Richards, Pretty Lights, Eric Prydz, Boys Noize, a live performance from Bloody Beetroots, Zeds Dead, Calvin Harris, Giorgio Moroder and more. Though the video highlights an incredible array of dance music’s shining talent stars already, the short wouldn’t be complete without a bit from the two chief headlining acts: Catch a glimpse of Skrillex as he moves his sea of a crowd from his illuminating pumpkin stage and Deadmau5‘s haunting Hellraiser ‘Pinhead’ mask and next-level production.Posted by
It’s not every day that you get to sit down with a dance music pioneer like Giorgio Moroder. It’s safe to say I was struck by a reverential awe as I approached the acclaimed Italian producer at HARD Day of the Dead. Sitting silently in his dark, clean suit jacket, Moroder had an aura of authenticity about him. Whether it was the signature brazen mustache or the curious look in his eyes, Moroder exuded a worldly sophistication: there were years behind those eyes — experiences of immeasurable depth and significance. It was evident in his voice, from his stuttered hesitations to intermittent bursts of laughter. This was no ordinary musician, but a legend.
Electronic powerhouses remix Donna Summer classics; delving into the decades and engaging the eras of dance music
From the outside Love To Love You Donna may sound like a remix album that could only be forced. After all, the most revered disco legend of Donna Summer is at hand, and the remixers ranging from Laidback Luke to Gigamesh are presently well established with a 21st century sound. But that’s not the case. Electronic heavyweights handle Donna Summer classics with care, rework with integrity, and pay homage to the icon through modern day channels. The remixes presented on Love To Love You Donna draw revelations, as some unite decades and prove how similar dance of the past is to dance of the present, while others prove that some of today’s producers have some talent that would’ve done over well on your parents dance floor. Delve into the decades with the four standout tracks below, but don’t stop there — the album is worth a listen in its entirety.
Yes, Halloween is here. Which means that the biggest event west of the Mississippi, HARD Event’s Day of the Dead, touches down in Los Angeles. This is no ordinary festival though with a lineup that many are hailing to be the best ever. Yes, the usual suspects of Prydz, Boys Noize, Pretty Lights, and more will all be participating, but we want to use this chance to get you costumed music lovers to go see something new and special. We tried our best picking five acts you shouldn’t miss, check them out after the break.
If you follow Gary Richards on social media, chances are you saw hints of the prize for fans if his Destructo alias hit 10k Soundcloud followers. That day has arrived, and “Chasing Pharaohs” the payoff. A mashup of Giorgio Moroder’s 1978 instrumental “The Chase” with SBTRKT’s far more recent “Pharaohs,” the HARD mastermind’s rendition is so well mashed as to have formed a seamless new substance. Though relying largely on “The Chase” for the backbone and cutting the history lesson about eight minutes short of the original, what is perhaps most impressive about the tune is its timeless feel. To hear Destructo take a 33-year gap in musical history and turn it into the sound of the future, grab your free download here.Posted by
Donna Summer is one of the undisputed queens of dance music. Responsible for some of the genre’s most legendary records during the disco era, she was eventually inducted into the dance music hall of fame in 2004. Now modern dance stars of the electronic era are paying homage to Summer with a remix album dubbed Love To Love You Donna. The 13-track offering comes with renditions from the likes of Laidback Luke and Hot Chip, includes and interesting take of “I Feel Love” from Afrojack, and has Giorgio Moroder revisiting “Love To Love You Baby.” Love To Love You Donna is due for an October 22nd release and can now be pre-ordered here.
On Friday night of EDC at the brand new Hakkasan Las Vegas nightclub, Tiësto spent a portion of his set accompanied by the legendary Giorgio Moroder who shared a shot with the house music icon. They’re both legends in their own right, and Tiësto shared details about his evening with Huffington Post;
“He’s one of my youth heroes…He’s such a talented producer and to meet him, yeah, it’s one of those things, like, so cool. He comes to my show and he stayed the whole set actually; I played for three hours and he was there for three hours. He’s in his seventies and still rocking strong. We did shots together and it was fun to hang out together. I was honored that he came actually.”
He went on to discuss Daft Punk’s latest album and his opinion regarding its impressive success, stating that on Random Access Memories “the music doesn’t deliver on the hype so much” but instead asserts that “Because it’s Daft Punk and we want to believe the hype; we are cool people so we have to think this is cool.”
Although nothing is certain, Moroder and Tiësto did exchange numbers and the Musical Freedom label head wasn’t shy about the possibility of a collaboration; “he did a collaboration with Daft Punk, so why not with me?”
Via: Huffington PostPosted by
As part of the monthlong Red Bull Music Academy series in New York City this month, the legendary Giorgio Moroder was billed to take on his first ever DJ set at Output in Brooklyn this past Monday. With the assistance of his “music director” Chris Cox (whom you will hear Moroder himself introduce through a vocoder at the beginning of this recording), the pioneering producer spent the extent of his set breezing through many of the highlights of his life’s work, including his work for Donna Summer, Three Degrees, Sparks, and Suzi Lane. He touched on his own work as Munich Machine, his Academy Award-winning soundtrack for Midnight Express, and his new track “Racer,” premiered by Google earlier this week. For a 73-year-old, we think he’s doing pretty well for himself these days.
With immeasurable amounts of hype finally drawing to a peak this week after Random Access Memories became available to stream on iTunes, Daft Punk continue to leak secrets and stories including Part 2 of their Pete Tong interview during Coachella. In endearing French accents, the pair give a background look into the inspiration of praised single “Giorgio By Moroder,” their rooted love for classic disco and rock music, how they ultimately picked their collaborators and why they’ve chosen an anonymous lifestyle. Read what Dancing Astronaut editors thought of the album here and don’t forget to join in on the discussion.Posted by