Soaring up to an impressive #3 on the Billboard Club Play Chart is the ‘Chris Cox Anthem Generation Mix’ of “When Love Hurts” by JoJo.
Chris Cox explores new ground on this remix collaboration with Vegas music masters Dave Fogg and Warren Peace. The original version of B.O.B.’s new Warner Brothers single “Back and Forth” drips with old school house party funk. The trio of Cox, Fogg, and Peace have made a melodic trap mix that drops the perfect bass for booty shaking or head nodding.
Peace, Fogg, and Cox have been friends for years, but this marks the trio first-ever musical collaboration in the studio. Dave Fogg is the resident DJ at internationally recognized Las Vegas megaclub XS. Warren Peace can currently be found as the resident DJ at the multimillion dollar Vegas club Drai’s, and as the host of his new DJ web series “Ammo.”
NPR recently reached out to longtime Giorgio Moroder collaborator Chris Cox about his significance in electronic music. Audio can be heard on link above… The Transcript of the article is here…….
Giorgio Moroder has the honor, and the misfortune, of being on the front lines of two musical eras that eventually fell out of fashion. The 75-year-old songwriter and producer played an instrumental role in defining the sound of disco during the 1970s, and was then renowned for his work with synthesizers in pop music and movie soundtracks throughout the ’80s. He produced and wrote hits for, among others, Donna Summer. Now, Moroder is back with Déjà Vu, his first new album of dance music in 30 years.
Giorgio Moroder in 1979, the year his longtime collaborator, the singer Donna Summer, had a hit with “Hot Stuff.”
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“I always liked rhythmical music, even before disco,” Moroder says. “Mostly my songs were all up-tempo. I’m not a great dancer, but I just sometimes feel like I need rhythm in my life, and I still love to hear dance music.”
Moroder, who was born in a German-speaking province of Italy in 1940, invaded the European and American popular-music scene just as the synthesizer was coming of age in the late 1960s and early ’70s. For him, it was a lucky coincidence.
“I was listening to Walter Carlos, when he played the album Switched-On Bach,” Moroder says. “I thought, ‘This is the instrument which I would love to use.’ And then I found this guy in Germany who had one. It changed, a little bit, my life.”
Moroder and his synthesizer survived the death of disco at the end of the 1970s by going to the movies. His score for Midnight Express won him his first Oscar in 1979 — beating out John Williams’ old-school symphonic score for Superman. Moroder’s career took a new shape with his emergence into the film world.
“Suddenly, I became a movie composer,” he says. “Which, I must say, before me it was almost impossible for a pop composer to get into that world.”
Moroder went on to compose the scores for Scarface, American Gigolo and Cat People. He also wrote and produced songs for movies, and won Oscars for “What A Feeling” from Flashdance and “Take My Breath Away” from Top Gun.
But then, just like disco, it all dried up. Audiences and producers got tired of the synthesizer, and movie offers came less and less frequently. Moroder released his last album of songs in 1985, and wrote his last film score in 1992. After that, he put music to the side.
“I had so many different hobbies and ideas,” Moroder says. “I built a car. I did some artwork, computer-generated stuff. I had a lot of exhibitions. And then I retired more and more. I had a great life, sometimes playing golf. I was always really busy, but not necessarily with music.”
But that didn’t mean people weren’t listening to his old stuff, says Chris Cox, a successful producer, DJ and Moroder collaborator.
“These hipster DJs know the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack inside and out,” Cox says. “You talk to any 10 DJs from the techno world, the trance world, the house world, of who were the influential records or the influential producers, and his name’s going to come up invariably every time.”
Fast-forward to 2012, when Moroder was asked to DJ a 12-minute set for a Louis Vuitton fashion show. It set the ball rolling, and he was soon offered gigs in Cannes for amfAR and in New York for Red Bull Music Academy. Yet again, his life took a fast turn.
“Suddenly I was a DJ,” he says. “And then the Daft Punk guys came and asked me if I wanted to collaborate with them on a song for their album.”
Daft Punk, the duo from France, has called Moroder a huge influence. Cox agrees, saying Moroder taught him something vital about what makes good dance music.
“He just kept saying, ‘Where’s the melody?'” Cox says of Moroder’s response to songs he showed him. “In dance music, so much is just built around the groove, and everything is all about the pulsing and the drums. So then I would give these instrumental tracks for him, and he was just like, ‘So where’s the melody? Where’s the song?’ It really pounded that in my head: that you need something of a little more substance than just having a moving rhythm track.”
Moroder says the synthesizer is definitely back. He still writes songs pretty much the way he did back then, only today he uses a computer with a drum machine.
“I listen to the rhythm, and then I start playing mostly the chords, and I start to sing over and over. Then I rest for a day or so, and I listen again,” he says. “If I still like it, then I continue. If I don’t like it, I just throw it away.”
After all, at this point in his career, Giorgio Moroder has nothing to prove.
“The main thing is that I love music,” he says. “It’s not a job for me to write music. It’s a hobby. It’s something I really like to do.”
So for now, the golf clubs are sitting in the closet.
Legendary band Erasure announced on their official website this week that the next and final single from their excellent latest album will be “Sacred.” Chris Cox had the pleasure of not only getting to remix the new single (which is said by many to be the best song on the album), but he also got to meet the band backstage at their Halloween show in Las Vegas since he was in the same city for a DJ set.
Chris has been a major fan of the band since Erasure’s first single, and this project was indeed a treat for him! After meeting Erasure members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, Chris stated “they were so sweet and down to Earth, and it was such and honor to finally meet them. I enjoyed having a bit of brief tech talk with Vince, but I must admit I was trying to keep it together. Not only did he create the great music for Erasure’s amazing catalog of hits, but he’s also responsible for iconic records like Yaz “Situation” and Depeche Mode “Just Can’t Get Enough!” Synthesizer all-time classics!”
Chris has been testing out the mix at recent shows in Rio Janeiro and Los Angeles, and the response was overwhelming. “Sacred” is going to be a joy for anyone in search of music that is uplifting and celebratory.
The release date for America will be March 17. Until then you will have to hear it at one of Chris’ live shows.
Las Vegas Weekly Magazine did a recent interview with Chris. The digital edition is out now, and the printed magazine will hit newsstands tomorrow.
NEW MUSIC! Amy Grant / In Motion Friday Night Dance Party w Chris Cox (incl. “That’s What Love Is For” PREVIEW)by Chris Cox ~ August 8th, 2014
The Crystal Method’s platinum album “Vegas” is a legendary benchmark work of electronic music, and the group will be celebrating the 20 year Anniversary of this album during Electric Daisy Carnival Week (“EDC Week”) in Las Vegas. Chris Cox has been given the honor of playing the opening set before Crystal Method takes the stage on Tuesday June 17, 2014.
This party will also serve as the opening night party for the EDMBiz Conference & Expo. As part of EDC Week, EDMbiz features two days of progressive, insightful, and entertaining panels, keynotes, and presentations with the the best music djs, top managers, agents, promoters, artists, labels, publishers, top producers, advertising agencies, brand execs, and technology platforms in EDM, along with three nights of exclusive Insomniac-produced nightclub events and pool parties.
Also joining the festivities on Tuesday night will be legendary house music favorite DJ Dan!
The Crystal Method show will take place at the brand new mega club Drai’s located on the Las Vegas Strip.