Scissor Sisters: ‘Donna Summer changed the direction of pop music’

The band discuss the passing of the disco star

Scissor Sisters have spoken about the influence Donna Summer had on music, calling her a “real pop artist”.

The disco singer died yesterday at the age of 63, following a battle with cancer.

Speaking to NME in a video interview, which you can watch above, frontman Jake Shears said:

Our main connection with Donna Summer’s music is not only through her voice, but through the production of Giorgio Moroder and how that really changed the landscape not only dance music, but movie soundtracks and film scores. It’s crazy the influence that all of her stuff had in the pop landscape.

They continued to discuss the “staggering” amount of music the late singer released during her lifetime. Scissor Sisters’ Babydaddy told NME: “You know these hits and then you’re like, ‘Oh, she’s a real pop artist’, but then you look at how experimental some of the stuff was, how conceptual…it’s incredible. It’s conceptual dance music.”

Scissor Sisters played a two-night stint at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire this week. During Thursday night’s show, Ana Matronic gave a speech about Donna Summer’s impact on the gay community and how it gave them the confidence to go out in public on the dancefloor, before launching into a rendition of ‘Comfortably Numb’.

Discussing her speech, Babydaddy told NME that she had a great point, as gay men were “able to free themselves and go on the dancefloor and be who they want to be.”

Scissor Sisters release their fourth studio album ‘Magic Hour’ on May 28. The record features collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Diplo, BoysNoize’s Alex Rihda and Azealia Banks as well as Calvin Harris, who has co-produced ‘Only The Horses’ along with Shears.

The band will hold a special signing session at HMV on London’s Oxford Street to mark the occasion.

Scissor Sisters played:

‘Any Which Way’
‘Keep Your Shoes On’
‘Baby Come Home’
‘Kiss You Off’
‘Take Your Mama’
‘Years Of Living Dangerously’
‘Let’s Have A Kiki’
‘Comfortably Numb’
‘Invisible Light’
‘Shady Love’
‘Skin That Cat’
‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’
‘Only The Horses’
‘Music Is The Victim’