Female voices have long defined Giorgio Moroder’s chart career, none more so than the late great Donna Summer. Giorgio, along with writing partner Pete Bollette, helmed almost all of Donna’s best-loved hits over a prolific six-year period, and he’s yet to find a more versatile singer.
“I knew Donna so well, and I could give her whatever I wanted and it would always sound great. I don’t know of an artist right now who would be able to do songs like MacArthur Park. Today the thought process for my new music is different, a lot of the acts want to write the melodies themselves. It’s a different era.”
“Bad Girls”, “Hot Stuff”, “Last Dance” are just a few of the iconic dancefloor fillers Giorgio and Donna recorded together, but which is his favourite?
“Love To Love You Baby” is a great song, it’s my claim to fame – my first big hit. It was my first chance to get into the business. I had some hits before but not a worldwide No. 1, so it’s certainly my favourite. But the ‘Bad Girls’ album is probably the best collection of songs we made, it had so many things and Donna wrote a lot of the songs herself.”
For clubbers, it was “I Feel Love” with its synthesised pulse which broke new ground. “The secret to that track is in the mechanical futuristic rhythm,” nods Moroder. “Then the hook had to be great… and then you have a voice like Donna’s. But even then, it comes down to the timing and technology, and the whole disco movement was important, so with that one we were lucky. Brian Eno told David Bowie he heard the sound of the future with “I Feel Love.” I would have never thought I could do something like this.”
A professional highlight for Giorgio was breathing fresh electronic life into the band Sparks. At a career crossroads in 1978, the Mael brothers happened to tell a German journalist how much they loved Donna’s Summer’s “I Feel Love”. The writer was a good friend of Giorgio’s, and the message got through…
“These guys were great. They called me in LA and said they wanted to stop using so many guitars and do something with synthesisers.” Moroder remembers.
“So we rented a downtown studio. It didn’t look anything like a studio, but it had a huge collection of Moogs and modules plus a guy called Dan Wyman, the guy who gave us the sound. I played a few synthesisers, and Ron loved it – it was the most fun I remember having during that period. No. 1 In Heaven – I like to think I started the synthesiser career for them.”
Roosevelt Creates An Instant Classic By Merging Disco And Rock
Roosevelt keeps pushing boundaries and fusing genres like Disco and Rock on “Paralyzed,” taken from the recently released album ‘Embrace.‘ One way or another, he has managed to craft an instant classic that defies genre conventions!
For sure, Disco and Rock might sound quite opposite, but when combined, an interesting rhythm is created. On this occasion, Roosevelt seamlessly merges infectious dance beats with the raw/heavy guitar work.
Additionally, it’s impossible not to notice the vibrant visuals that accompany this awesome track. In the music video, shades of grey and pink predominate, creating something literally striking and original.
If you ask me, “Paralyzed” feels like it’s geared more toward being a sing-along anthem than a pure dance tune. Nevertheless, the upbeat melodies make it impossible to resist tapping your foot.
Besides, what sets it apart from the crowd is its ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia while remaining contemporary. Consequently, it’s accessible and appealing to a wide range of listeners.
The art of composing songs is a boundless playground where innovation and creativity know no limits. Clearly, Roosevelt exemplifies this limitless approach with his groundbreaking music.
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A Must-See Music Video: “It Girl” By Black Queer Artist Sedric Perry
Sedric Perry‘s “It Girl” music video promises a blast of fun! Drawing inspiration from the 1980s aerobics craze, this black queer artist delivers comical visuals that are a must-watch!
Teaming up with NYC label Sundaee Sauce, this new track embodies the spirit of having a good time and the importance of self-assurance. Best of all, it incorporates vintage synthesizers as part of the characteristic Nu Disco sound.
Influences from artists such as Prince, Whitney Houston, and Vapor Wave are clearly evident, with an exceptional guitar riff taking the spotlight. Additionally, there are funky beats in the background that beckon you to dance along.
It seems that Sedric Perry is at that point in life where being super serious just doesn’t cut it, especially when life is already throwing its curveballs. Sometimes, it’s totally cool to embrace your inner goofiness and just be yourself without any apologies. Without a doubt, that’s the message behind “It Girl.”
At the end of the day, bold people often come up with innovative ideas, and the same goes for authentic artists who aren’t afraid to express their vision and creativity.
Consequently, that sense of fulfillment and satisfaction is priceless.
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Debbie Gibson’s Music Video Takes You Back To The Disco Era!
Debbie Gibson is back in action with her fascinating music video for “Love Don’t Care,” and she’s taking you on a groovy journey back to the Disco era. Definitely, the funky beats and dazzling lights will never go out of style!
If her classic hit “Lost In Your Eyes” made you fall in love in the late 80s, today “Love Don’t Care” will just make you want to start dancing without even thinking about it.
The clip was directed by both Nick Spanos and Debbie herself and is a total blast from the past with all the flair of the 70s. Likewise, you’ll see an eye-catching choreography employing classic dance moves with a modern twist.
In particular, the visuals feel like a tribute to big divas like Cher, Tina Charles, and Donna Summer too.
Furthermore, “Love Don’t Care” is actually part of her 2021 comeback album ‘The Body Remembers.’ As a result, you can tell her versatility as an artist is worthy of applause.
Most importantly, her music is reaching people of all ages, from back in the day to the new generation.