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Ladies and gents! We’re proud to present the winner of our Giorgio Moroder Remix Contest in collaboration with MB Disco: Dirty McKenzie from Minneapolis, USA!
Dirty’s released music internationally under 13 aliases since 1993. In the 90′s, he made himself a name producing Acid & Techno under the alias “DJ Apollo” on Woody McBride’s Techno and House labels. Some of the more popular tracks were “Bad Ass”, “B True 2 Your School”, and “Hooligan Stomp“. Currently, he’s releasing music as Dirty McKenzie with rather retro euro disco sounding disco tracks, such as “Romancing the Nile“.
He’s also working with Minneapolis Jazz singer/pianist Sophia Shorai (who happens to be his girlfriend) on a project under the alias Nobiilo and runs his own label, Bass United Recordings, which he started in the summer of 2011. Check out more Dirty releases on his Beatport page – or SoundCloud.
Read our little interview with Dirty McKenzie after the jump.
- When did you first get in touch with a Moroder production – and what has Moroder meant to you and your music?
I grew up a neglected child of 70′s Disco in West Berlin, West Germany during the cold war. My parents wend out to Discoteques and left me at home with my older sister baby sitting. Luckily, my sister and I would have our own Disco parties and I’m sure that’s about the time I was first exposed to Giorgio Moroder. Moroder’s work has been part of my up-bringing for longer than I can remember. I was 5 years old when Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby” came out, which of course he produced, and we had the record playing on our Telefunken stereo system. I honestly didn’t realize how much Moroder’s productions influenced me musically until about 10-12 years ago when I started paying much more attention to rare Disco tracks from the 70s getting posted on music blogs and youtube and I started hearing all these tracks from my childhood that I didn’t know were Giorgio Moroder produced. I love that I’m still occasionally dumb founded when I’m introduced to a Moroder production… like “Mah na Mah na” for example:
I heard that as a 2 year old watching Sesame Street!!! He co-wrote it!!! WTF??? I just love that. And then there’s the more obvious ones like Blondie’s “Call Me”… the entire “Top Gun” soundtrack… the score to the film “American Gigolo”… working with Human League… Eurythmics… Limahl’s “Never Ending Story”… that’s just a taste. It’s mind blowing.
- What’s your favorite Moroder song?
It’s hard to pick a favorite Moroder track especially considering there are 15 minute songs that sound like 3 or 4 different tracks. For example “Evolution” (which is one of those 15+ minute songs), has a beautiful 3 minute section that resembles nothing else Moroder has produced and it is one of my favorite things to listen to out of any Moroder productions. Some time in the early 2000′s there was a remix project for “Evolution” and I couldn’t believe that no one used that bit in their remix. I based my “E=MC2″ remix around that small part of the song and I just got lucky that Moroder chose to write them both in the same key. I also really love his work under the “Munich Machine” alias along side his longtime writing/production partner Peter Bellote, like “It’s For You“.
- Which other Moroder song would you give your right arm to remix?
Any of them. Although, if I had to make a list… “Oh L’Amour” would probably end up on top of it at some point. I saw the promotion for your APC Moroder contest literally the day following my last night of a monthly “Moroder Tribute Night” that I DJ’ed and put together here in Minneapolis for six months where I played nothing but Moroder productions and music that was influenced by him. I was the only DJ for 4 hours and while it was not incredibly successful, time flew by like a 1/2 hour set. I know this isn’t going to sound very modest but I have to be honest, I knew I was going to win that contest the moment I saw the ad for it ;) .
Hehe… Cheeky. We like that! Thank you Dirty! And good luck with the release – and the career!