The legend that is Giorgio Moroder and his collaboration with Daft Punk
Today more than ever, DJs are becoming the new stars, but what about the birth of disco music, the musical genre that gave rise to these stars? As part of their album Random Access Memories, Daft Punk features the story of the pioneer of disco and dance music: the Italian Giorgio Moroder.
Born in Ortisei, in the heart of the Italian Dolomites, Giorgio became interested in music at a young age thanks to the small radio station Radio Luxembourg. Living in Germany and working as a singer and composer, Moroder decided to create a recording studio. Musicland, located in Munich, soon hosted legends such as the Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin and Queen, all of whom worked with Moroder.
It was here, in the 1970s, that Moroder met Donna Summer and a new breed of music was born. Thanks to the worldwide hits “I feel love” and “Love to love you baby,” the first all-synthesized pieces of music in history, electronic music went mainstream.
Today, Giorgio is 73 years old. He has received multiple Grammys, Golden Globes, Oscars and Platinum albums, worked with artists such as Freddy Mercury, David Bowie, Blondie and Elton John, and given his name to a modern synthesizer. It’s this storied and successful career that Daft Punk seek to capture in their song.
Seeing Giorgio’s personal story as representative of the developing history of electronic music, Daft Punk had to include it in their exploration of the roots and future of dance music. Giorgio’s monologue for the song was recorded with multiple types of microphones, each of which was used in the final track to represent a different stage of his career. The greatest description of this Italian legend comes in his own words from the project, “all I really wanted to do is music and not only play music, but compose music.”