Moroder vs the machines! The robots have returned.
”When Daft Punk last graced our cover in 2010, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo talked at length about their retro-futurist soundtrack to Tron: Legacy. But there was one subject that they flatly refused to go into detail about – their follow-up to 2005’s Human After All.”
Two and a half years on, the duo are finally ready to reveal all with Random Access Memories, their love letter to the disco era. One of the album’s highlights is “Giorgio by Moroder”, a nine-minute tribute to the Italian synth hero responsible for Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love”, Blondie’s “Call Me”, Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” and some of the most iconic scores in Hollywood history, including Scarface, Midnight Express and Flashdance. So, we felt that it was only right to bring them face to face for a secret pop summit in Los Angeles. Shot by Hedi Slimane, it is the first time the Punks have been photographed and interviewed with anyone else. To whet your appetite until our Masked Rebellion issue drops this Wednesday – with two covers to choose from – here are ten snippets from the interview that we just couldn’t keep to ourselves any longer…
DAFT PUNK ON MAKING RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES
Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo: It was a really special process. Every album we’ve done is tightly linked with our lives. You cannot separate your life and your music and your job; everything’s linked. The internal, personal stuff Thomas went through during Human After All made it closer to where he was at the time, and this one feels a lot closer to me than him. We make music together, but this one took me to some special depths, getting really close to what I was going through personally. I’ve never been too technical; Thomas is more the technician. This album has more soul.
GIORGIO MORODER ON “GIORGIO BY MORODER”
I didn’t have any idea how you guys would use it. I thought you might cut it up into a rap. So I was pleasantly surprised when I heard it the first time. It was also kind of emotional to hear my story and a little bit of my sound in there. I’m one of the few humans alive whose biography is a song.
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