December 22, 2013 13:52

Giorgio Moroder: "DJs are the big new stars in entertainment"

The Daft Punk collaborator has spoken out about electronic music in 2013

Giorgio Moroder: "DJs are the big new stars in entertainment"
Giorgio Moroder has called DJs "the big new stars of entertainment" in a review of the year for Dazed Digital.

The producer stepped back into the spotlight this year by collaborating with Daft Punk on their comeback album 'Random Access Memories'. He also played his first ever DJ sets and announced he was working on his first solo album since 1985's 'Philip Oakley & Giorgio Moroder' and would be performing a residency in Las Vegas in 2014.

"I love the fact that guys like David Guetta, Aviici and the Swedish House Mafia are using instrumental songs and vocals," wrote Moroder as he reflected on the year in dance music. "I think having Kelly Rowland sing an R&B song on a disco track is almost going back to Donna Summer, where we had the R&B vocals with the dance background. I think the DJs are the big, new stars in entertainment."

He also looked back on his work with Daft Punk, saying: "The PR on ['Random Access Memories'] was phenomenal, I was just talking to somebody at Sony and their manager and the boys came up with every aspect of the promotion – how to give out bits of information but not too much, and to show whatever 15 second little promotions on TV. It was brilliant. You know, if you have a good album, the promotion certainly helps and it became a groundbreaking album. I think it’s part of the EDM feeling, to go back to the disco time, when they had real bass, real guitars, drums."

The pioneering musician also revealed he would be working with fellow Daft Punk collaborator Nile Rodgers "as soon as I have the deal with the record company" and that "Rihanna would be great" to work with on his solo album but "maybe some upcoming new acts would fit a little bit with my kind of music."

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