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Back to back Daft Punk posts? Why not. As I was posting my feature on Random Access Memories collaborator Giorgio Moroder, this Todd Edwards feature was released. I forgot that Edwards provided vocals and co-wrote my favorite Daft Punk song, “Face to Face” for the Discovery album. Everything about this track connects with me on a deep level, especially the lyrics…”I must admit it’s my pride that made me distant, all because I hoped that you’d be someone different..”

 

Todd Edwards substantially influenced house music beginning in the early 90’s. His work is unique melding of garage, house and 2-step with his signature spliced vocal snippets. He has stayed consistent over many years as a producer, and is known as a very kind-hearted and spiritual individual.

Edwards confirms what I already know, and what should be obvious to all by now..when Daft Punk does something, it affects everything.

 

It’s easy for many to forget that when Homework was released, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo were 22 and 21 years old respectively. To have tracks like “Revolution 909”, “Da Funk” and “Around The World” in their debut album demonstrated two highly advanced artists, already changing the landscape of dance music. This has been their mission, and they have accomplished just about everything imaginable in many mediums of expression. With an attitude of passion, perfectionism and experimentation they have consistently set and raised the bar for what’s possible. Instead of depending on artists like Daft Punk to make all the change, take influence from them and realize they are just two dudes. I’m sure they hope their work inspires the rest of us to go out into the world and create something memorable. 

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– Jimi Jaxon

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Let’s dive into Random Access Memories, the upcoming new album from Daft Punk. There is no artist on my mind more often than them. It’s always very centering and sobering for me to step back from my work as an artist and think, WWDPD? (what would Daft Punk do?). There is so much that I can say about this new record, even though I haven’t heard anything besides a few seconds of music. I’ll do several features leading up to the release date, focusing on specific individuals who collaborated with the robots this time. 

 

Up first is Giorgio Moroder. The Italian producer, songwriter and performer has worked with Donna Summer, David Bowie, Blondie, The Three Degrees and Sparks to name a few. His current discography is comprised of 13 studio albums and ten soundtracks, going back to 1969! This is not including all the tracks he has helped produce for other artists. Incredible. Looks like he’ll help Daft Punk channel some disco/italo disco/synth pop energy. 

 

Random Access Memories will be released on May 21st, 2013 via Columbia.

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– Jimi Jaxon 

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I want to speak on this whole Mayan 2012 apocalypse, supposedly happening tomorrow, December 21st. I have a lot of friends nervously discussing this topic, and I would like to collect and share some observations. The most immediate fact is that it is already past 5AM (supposed time of the end) Friday in parts of the world, such as New Zealand and the country is still intact (full article on Huffington Post). In addition, the Mayans didn’t take leap years into account. There have been about 514 leap years since Caesar created it in 45BC, and without the extra day every 4 years we would be in July 2013 right now. We are still here.

Regardless of what date it “really” is, the translation of the Mayan calendar being about complete destruction is arguable. Many scholars have said that the negative translation is incorrect, that this marks the time of a new era, a new calendar and a higher level of consciousness. And this sure would be a good time for a people to wake up and elevate themselves to a new place of physical, mental and spiritual clarity.

I think many people enjoy and exploit doomsday ideas, it seems easier for them to throw their hands up, give up on contributing anything positive to the world, and wait to die. If that is your outlook on life, perpetuating negativity in your thoughts and actions, please step out of my way, because I still have work to do. It is likely, in my opinion that many people will use the 21st as their heyday to fuck things up. I will not risk my life being threatened by some idiots taking advantage of this situation, and will spend the day inside with friends.

On the religious side, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism (with the most mellow idea of the group; The Messiah will return to Earth and restore all Jews to the homeland where they will live in peace and joy forever), Buddhism, and Islam have their take on the end of the world. Instead of debating how the end will occur, and who will be saved, why not learn to coexist and bring about good things here, on Earth, now? We are all stuck here together. Will we continue believing that we are so vastly different from each other, due to the country we come from, the religion we follow, our sexuality or gender that we can’t possibly get along and learn from one another? We have more things that bond us together as human beings than drive us apart, and I encourage everyone use this 2012 apocalypse bullshit as an opportunity to rethink your priorities, and what kind of energy you are putting out into the world.

I don’t know about you, but I think a new Daft Punk album in 2013 is reason enough that this world should continue on.

 

– Jimi Jaxon

The wonderful Alana took time out of her grueling tour schedule to talk with Disco Droppings. We cover a lot in this interview; Nero’s NYE performance in Seattle, Daft Punk, dystopian worlds and such. I am always thinking of them, for their ability to deliver an epic artistic vision while still remaining kind and well-balanced. Cheers to Dan, Joe and Alana! If you haven’t already, listen to their monumental Essential Mix and pick up the Deluxe Version of their album, Welcome Reality 

 

DD Such a delight to talk with you again Alana. When I first met you it was NYE. Nero headlined the Resolution show, and I feel it was a stunning performance by Dan and yourself. I was thrashing around harder than anyone on that stage. What did you think of Seattle? 

A Great to talk to you too. I loved Seattle. It was my first time there and I was suitably impressed. The venue was awesome, the crowd were mental and the sushi was delicious! Dan and I really enjoyed ourselves and hope that next time we’re in town we don’t have to rush off to LA to shoot a music video!

DD That NYE show had a lot of symmetry for me. Back in 2007, I saw my first electronic show, Daft Punk, in that same venue. To be able to work for you guys in the same venue was awe-inspiring. You saw Daft Punk in Australia right? What do you remember most vividly about that night? 

A We saw Daft Punk in London actually. They played Hyde Park for the O2 Wireless Festival in 2007. It was insane. Ridiculously good. The light show (pyramid) and production was outstanding and really inspired us. I remember daydreaming about that show for days afterwards thinking ‘will we ever be able to do anything even half as good?’


DD From the album, “Welcome Reality”, which songs lyrics do you resonate with most? Also, which song was most difficult for you to master in a live setting? 

A The answer to both questions is probably ‘Guilt’. I think lyrically it’s open to interpretation and can have different meanings for different people which I like. I personally imagine a girl who is unsure of where she stands in a relationship. 

I said to Dan and Joe the day that we recorded it in the studio that I would never be up for singing it live. It was at the top of my range and really difficult. However, it sneaked it’s way into our live show and with practice it has become easier. 

 

DD Who are some vocalists that you draw inspiration from? 

A I’m inspired by such a vast range of vocalists from all decades and genres of music. I love Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Thom Yorke, Michael Jackson, Skin from Skunk Anansie, the list could go on and on for days to be honest. 

DD Dan & Joe have mentioned dystopian environments such as Akira and Bladerunner as inspirations for Nero. Are you into these kinds of stories too?

A Yes, absolutely. I’m slightly obsessed with post apocalyptic films and love that dark 80’s vision of the future. Akira and Bladerunner are classics but i’m also into films like 28 Days Later…you’ve gotta love a good zombie flick. 

DD Which remix of a Nero track do you connect with most? Personally I’m in love with Fred Falke’s remix of “Reaching Out”. 

A For me it’s Nero and Skrillex’s collaboration remix of ‘Promises’. Sonny came to our studio in London and wrote the piano intro in a matter of minutes. I was in awe of how fast he worked. We had the main bulk of the tune written and produced after only 2 to 3 hours. What I particularly like is that I can hear a little of all three producer’s style in the one tune. 


DD How has working with Dan & Joe impacted your mindset and perspective? And lastly, what would you say to young artists, trying to find their voice?

A I’ve been best friends with Dan and Joe for over 10 years so working with them initially was just like hanging out and jamming with mates. Then, whilst I was training to be a midwife things got more serious for Nero but I still perceived it as more of a hobby. In October of last year my mindset definitely changed when I gave up midwifery to concentrate on music full time. We’ve been pretty much touring solidly since and I love it!

I would say to other artists that finding your own sound can be difficult. I had it easy because Dan and Joe really knew what they liked. They helped me find a sound that worked well with their music. The female airy quality of my voice seems to work really well with their more masculine bass driven production.

 

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– Jimi Jaxon