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Pop’s Pope

When most musicians take long sabbaticals from the entertainment industry, they rarely make an empowered re-entry let alone top the charts. Yet, Italy-based music producer,Giorgio Moroder, has done just that as his recently released 15th artiste album titled Deja vu (his first album in two decades) claimed Billboard’s pole position in one week. Having spent over 50 years in the music scene—often hailed as the godfather of modern dance music for his pioneering usage of synthesizers, sequencers and computers to create tracks like From Here To Eternity in the 70s—he was reintroduced to a new generation of listeners in 2013 by the French electronic duo, Daft Punk, via their album Random Access Memories. Now the three-time Academy Award winner has restarted his solo career and is headed next week to Mumbai’s Mehboob studio, for his debut Indian performance. “I will be playing a DJ set filled with 40-50 songs including hits from Avicii, David Guetta, from the album Deja vu (think Right Here, Right Now featuring Kylie Minogue) and many of my classics featuring vocalist Donna Summer including I Feel Love,” shares the 75-year-old composer, joking that DJing comes easily to him but recovering from intercontinental jet lag is tough. Though he discovered the “sound of the future” almost 40 years ago—which subsequently gave birth to genres like acid house and synthpop—this four-time Grammy winner is still going full throttle.“Besides working on my next album, I’m currently working on creating a new American TV series called Queen of the South and have just finished creating soundtracks for Disney’s new Tron videogame,” he concludes.

— Anoop Menon