Giorgio Moroder is one of the most influential people in the history of dance music. The producer helped start the electronic music movement in the 70's and almost single handedly created disco as we have come to know it. That being said Moroder did not start to DJ until just a few years ago, after his appearance on Daft Punk's Grammy winning album, ‘Random Access Memories'.
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Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks
Giorgio was 74 for when he started DJing and is now 77. He is no spring chicken. He spoke to Billboard about getting into DJing and the initial challenges. Mainly trying to stay moving throughout an extended set in order to the crowd alive. Here is his response on what it felt like seeing the crowd join in when he started leading them in ‘the wave':
“Oh yeah. The only problem is you cannot do it too long. I’m 77, I’m still active, but to do this for five minutes! So I have a trick— I do it for a certain amount of [time] and, according to the song, I stop on a beat. Then the audience gets a reason that I stopped, not just that I’m tired (laughs). I was talking about that with David Guetta. You take a 12-hour flight and you have to perform and he said, “Well, that’s just one of the things. The other thing is you jump for two hours.” Of course, I’m older and so I’m more affected. Guetta is what, 45? He’s not the youngest one. He said, “God, it’s like the arms and the legs. It’s a workout.””
Turns out Guetta helped Moroder with tricks to conserve energy throughout extended set. Giorgio went on to discuss his Oscar wins as well as his desire to work with The Weeknd. You can read the entire interview here.