Synth pioneer and disco legend speaks about his work on dance duo's forthcoming LP 'Random Access Memories'
Italian synth pioneer and disco legend Giorgio Moroder, who helped engineer some of the late Donna Summer’s biggest hits, has spoken about working on the new Daft Punk album.
Speaking to Vice as part of their Creators Project series, Moroder says that the album is a “step forward” for dance music. “Daft Punk wanted to do something and do it in a way that’s not done by just pushing a note or a chord,” he said. “You definitely hear that it’s nice and full; the drums and the bass have that warm, that full sound. This is like a step forward.”
Recalling the first time he heard the track ‘One More Time’ he said: “That was my favourite song. Especially when they break it down and you hear the strings and the chords. It had a beautiful feel.” He revealed that the duo were “perfectionists” in the studio before adding: “What the world needs now is not only good dance songs, which I think are out,” he added. “The world needs something new.”
Moroder is one of a number of collaborators Daft Punk have worked with on their new album, which will be titled ‘Random Access Memories’ and is released on May 20. As well as Moroder, Nile Rogers, Panda Bear and Chilly Gonzales are all believed to have recorded with the French duo in the studio.
Speaking about working with Daft Punk, Nile Rogers said: “About a year ago, I get a knock on the door – first a virtual one and then a real knock – from Guy-Manuel and Thomas. The collaboration felt so unbelievably natural that it made me realise that I need to be in the studio with people. I love partnering with people. And then from that moment, a windfall of recording started happening. I just started going in with whomever I could.”