It seems reasonable to assume that Giorgio Moroder has always been effortlessly cool. But now that he’s launched a sort of career renaissance at the age of 74, he has the kind of cachet that only comes with being old, wise and still completely badass. In a recent roundtable interview with a handful of journalists, Moroder revealed that he’s working on the soundtrack for Disney’s Tron video game with Skrillex — a duo just as intriguing as Tron movie soundtrack composers Daft Punk, but for different reasons.
I’m going to meet Skrillex next week when I’m back. I’m doing the music for a game for Disney’s ‘Tron’. We have about five themes, electronic stuff and let’s see if he’s interested in remixing or re-working one of the songs.
That’s not the only offer on the table for Moroder either. He’s also in the process of taking on a big film soundtrack.
I have an offer to do a big movie. I cannot tell you what, but it’s… not a 150 million dollars but a big movie, big production. So I have to go back into that, it won’t be easy. I do this with a great musician and a great composer, so we do it together.
The Italian legend has delivered some incredible soundtracks before, American Gigolo and Scarface in particular, so I’m hoping this film deal actually comes to fruition. None of these side projects seem to be stopping Moroder from working on his new album aptly titled 74 Is The New 24. The video for his new single with Kylie Minogue “Right Here, Right Now” recently surfaced, and he’s also confirmed working with Sia, Charli XCX, Britney Spears and more for his album.
I remember listening to his monologue on Daft Punk’s “Giorgio By Moroder” off Random Access Memories — the cameo that seems to have rekindled his interest in making music — and feeling a sense of awe at his sense of freedom.
Once you free your mind about a concept of harmony and of music being correct, you can do whatever you want. So nobody told me what to do, and there was no preconception of what to do.
Luckily for Moroder, and for us, he seems to be compelled by that same freedom even decades later.
74 Is The New 24 will be out in the spring via RCA.
[Photo by Daniel Boczarski.]