Today marks the release of Daft Punk’s highly anticipated album, “Random Access Memories” and last night, I had the honor and privilege to witness one of the collaborators from the album. With the help of the Red Bull Music Academy, Hansjörg Moroder, better known as Giorgio, the Italian disco icon, made his first DJ appearance in the United States yesterday at Output in Brooklyn, NY.
If you have never heard of Giorgio, he’s the man responsible for convincing Donna Summer to sing, helping the disco queen produce some of her greatest hits. He’s also produced for notable artists such as David Bowie and Blondie amongst others. Most recently, Giorgio helped produce track three on Daft Punk’s newly released album, titled “Giorgio by Moroder.”
Output was packed as can be last night. I can’t remember the last time I was at a club crowded as yesterday’s event. I was told this was the most requested event on the RBMA NYC 2013 schedule and they weren’t kidding.
The producer came on just before 12:30am with his music director who assisted him for the entire set. After a quick intro, it was disco time. In his set, he performed “Racer,” a song he produced in collaboration with Google Chrome Experiments. He then proceeded to play some disco classics such as “Love to Love You Baby,” “I Feel Love,” “On The Radio,” and “Hot Stuff,” all by the late Donna Summer. To end his show, he recreated “Giorgio by Moroder,” which he kickstarted with his bio, just like on the Daft Punk album. But unlike the abridged version, he gave us a little more info on his life. Some interesting things he shared with us is that the bio on the album is actually shortened from three hours. He also spoke about meeting Donna Summer for the first time and how he helped her come out of her shell by asking everyone in the studio to leave the room so he can have some “privacy” with her. Then, this happened…
After the track, everyone in attendance showed their appreciation with an overwhelming round of applause and I had an epiphany…whoever said disco was dead must’ve been crazy.