Pop Quiz: Giorgio Moroder


Aidin Vaziri | Thanks to a little nudge from Daft Punk (see 2013’s “Random Access Memories”), mustachioed disco genius and dependable pop hit maker Giorgio Moroder, 75, came out of musical retirement this year with “Déjà Vu.” His first solo album since 1985 features collaborations with the likes of Charli XCX, Sia, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears and many others — adding them to the long, illustrious list of Moroder associates such as Donna Summer, Blondie and Berlin. We caught up with the producer on the European leg of his club tour, which reaches the Bay Area this week.

Q: Now that you’ve had some time to live with it, are you happy with the way “Déjà Vu” turned out?

A: Well, the album could have done a little better. There were a few things that didn’t work out. I wasn’t happy with my work on all the songs. That’s the way it is. You hit one and you miss another one. Slowly, I’m thinking about the next album and starting the whole process again.

Q: You didn’t release any material for some 30 years — you must have a big stash of songs just sitting around.

A: No, not one song. I did some work, but I was mostly playing golf and doing other stuff. I rarely would say, “Let’s sit down and compose a song.”

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