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.”
“Attention”, Michael Aguilar Premieres A Disco-Filled Jam!
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Queer singer-songwriter Michael Aguilar creates a disco-filled jam for the LGBT community. The feel-good track called “Attention” comes accompanied by his first-ever music video. At a time when the world is suffering due to the pandemic, this new single invites everyone to show off funky dance moves in self-isolation. You can tell he puts a lot of passion for singing, plus, lending a sultry sheen to the whole composition. The 27-year-old artist whose musical heroes are Britney Spears and Dua Lipa is set to drop a debut EP in December. So far, I believe it’s a groundbreaking material that is sure to exceed expectations. A masterful fusion of Pop and Disco that still seem entertaining for radio plays, so stay tuned!
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Watch This Colorful Animated Clip From Disco Icon Breakbot!
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French Disco icon, Breakbot surprises his fans with a colorful animated clip for his new cut, “Be Mine Tonight”. The late 70s-tinged sound brings to mind Studio 54 themed parties. However, visuals portray a different story of a girl playing around a Pump It Up machine. In fact, Director Gary Levesque captured the beauty of this popular arcade game. Plus, it’s impossible to resist to that funky groove. In case you need some tunes for your next quarantine dance party, I think “Be Mine Tonight” is the perfect option. On another subject, there are some rumors that a new album from Breakbot is coming anytime soon. Isn’t that incredible? Only time will tell, stay alert!
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Doja Cat brings Disco music into the mainstream! She is the creator of the viral “Say So” TikTok dance, which is popular among Centennials. Just a few days ago, Amala Dlamini (real name) posted on YouTube the 70s-inspired visuals for this mega-hit. I’m loving the vintage aesthetics and her multiple outfits too. Besides that, “Say So” is a high-quality track that is making a great impact on a new generation of audiophiles. In fact, “Say So” is the first single off Doja Cat’s sophomore studio album ‘Hot Pink’. Monotonous electronic melodies are becoming increasingly boring, so, I’m glad to know things are changing in the saturated Pop industry. Definitely, producers must take this direction and add more funky basslines to their songs. Stay tuned for more news!
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Purple Disco Machine will amaze you with “In My Arms”. This masterpiece features a delicious blend of Disco and Funk. Beside its dancefloor appeal, he makes the perfect club track for those searching euphoric moments. Best of all, the impressive diva-esque vocals will help you travel back to Studio 54. Likewise, I’m glad to see all the positive feedback on the music video, which was dropped last week. The animated clip below already surpasses 100K views. It’s impossible not to get addicted to Purple Disco Machine’s groovy melodies. If you like it, I would also recommend listening to his previous mega-hit “Emotion”.
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Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers’ New Song “Roses” Is Funky As Hell!
Here’s the perfect funky song to start the week off revitalized. “Roses” is a collaboration made in heaven between Adam Lambert & the legendary hitmaker Nile Rodgers. The wonderful groovy vibe invites you to dance right away. Moreover, you can tell it’s magically influenced by the late 70s records of the golden era of Disco. Besides that, Adam’s powerful vocals do not go unnoticed. Sincerely, I can’t wait anymore to see a proper video clip for this banger. Best of all, this tune will be featured on Adam’s forthcoming studio album, ‘Velvet’, out on March 20th, 2020.
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