Producer Giorgio Moroder made his name producing hits in the '70s and '80s for Donna Summer, Irene Cara, Berlin, and more. He also did the soundtracks for "Scarface," "Midnight Express," "Top Gun" and "Cat People" among others.
He's had a low profile in recently until earlier this year when he released "Deja Vu." The album asserted his place as not only a progenitor but a current practitioner of electronic dance music with guest spots by Britney Spears, Charlie XCX, Kylie Minogue among others.
Booking the 75 year-old studio producer at Voodoo was a bit of a risk that only partly paid off Saturday night. He doesn't have the experience mixing live like other DJs on Le Plur, so his set moved very clearly from song to song whereas others make a set sound like one long song.
Fortunately, Moroder has a deep library of electronic, pop and disco hits to work from. He opened with Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" and returned to her for "I Feel Love," "MacArthur Park," "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls." For the latter, he played up the elements disco shares with house music---headliner Steve Angello's specialty.
The audience wasn't going anywhere, but more were hanging out than dancing. Perhaps it's due to his chops as a stage DJ, but it could have something to do with his hits all coming before many in the crowd were born. One of the more enthusiastic responses came for Limahl's "Neverending Story" from the children's movie by the same name--likely something many late teens and twentysomethings grew up with.
It didn't help that the volume for Moroder's set seemed lower than that of Nina Las Vegas before him. Sound bleed wasn't much of an issue Saurday, but Jane's Addiction on the main stage could be heard roaring in the background, even from a spot near the front of Le Plur.
Moroder's set didn't make the case his recordings do as a pioneer in the electronic dance music field, but it was an effective reminder for some of what a hitmaker he was. For others, it was an introduction.