Giovanni Giorgio Moroder (born 26 April 1940) is an Italian record producer, songwriter and performer, and the main responsible for giving Disco a more synthesized and electronic sound and helping pushing forward Electronic Music.
He began his career in the mid-60's, releasing under the name Giorgio very cheesy singles, most of them becoming unsuccessful (and, fortunately, largely forgotten). In The '70s, he started to become more successful, especially after Chicory Tip's hit "Son of My Father". He also founded Musicland Studios (in the late-60's), which held recording sessions by people like Led Zeppelin, Queen and Elton John.
His big breakthrough, however, came through two ways: one, through the hiring of Donna Summer to Casablanca Records (and his own subsidiary, Oasis Records), by producing a lot of her music till the 80's. The other way was through an increased use of synthesizers and computer programming. He produced the majority of Donna's hits, including "Love To Love You Baby" and the ground-breaking "I Feel Love". He also helped set the template for longer DJ sets (which became important from House Music to Techno and many other forms of Electronic Music) with his album From Here to Eternity.
He also produced two albums for Sparks, as well as scores and soundtracks for various movies and artists, including Midnight Express (which became the first all-electronic score to win an Academy Award), American Gigolo (The One with... "Call Me" by Debbie Harry of Blondie), Cat People (the song of the same name became one of David Bowie's more popular songs, albeit with a poppier version on Bowie's Let's Dance album), or Scarface (1983). He also helped restore (and wrote a new soundtrack for) Metropolis. Another song which was produced by Giorgio (as well as part of the soundtrack) was the The Neverending Story theme (sung by Limahl).
Tropes of Giorgio:
- Badass Boast: "My name is Giovanni Giorgio... but everybody calls me, Giorgio."
- Say it with us now: 74 is the new 24...
- Cool Old Guy: He's in his mid-70s, and has a whole new audience thanks to the Career Resurrection brought on by Big Name Fans Daft Punk.
- Cover Version: "Knights In White Satin" (The Moody Blues), which goes into Epic Rocking territory (a long version split in three continuous parts that occupies the A-side of the album with the same name).
- Electronic Music
- Epic Rocking: "Chase", "Evolution", "Call Me". The A-side of the Knights In White Satin album could also be considered this. Many of the 12'' mixes of his songs (which were designed for the dance floor) are also this (like "I Feel Love").
- Pop-Star Composer: Composed the soundtrack for Midnight Express, Scarface and the 1984 restoration of Metropolis.
- Record Producer: Legendary Electronic, Pop and Disco producer. Donna Summer and Sparks are among his most significant production credits.
- Spoken Word in Music: