Phil RetroSpector is an audio-visual artist. He mixes emotion rather than beats, stretching the very fabric of popular music (from Hi-Brow to Lo-Fi), to new and exciting contextual arenas. He has officially remixed the likes of Billie Ray Martin, The Young Punx and now Giorgio Moroder and produced audio-visual material for Absolut Art. Right now, Phil’s working on an EP of original material.
“So far, it’s all stripped back and moody” says Phil “but it’s still evolving as we speak. I’m also putting together a new audio-visual set for live performance and currently testing out a new interface to see if it’s up to the job.” Watch this space, folks…
Our little interview with Phil continues after the jump and we give you the weird ‘n wonderful video of his remix as well, made by the man himself!
- When did you first get in touch with a Moroder production?
In truth, the first time I heard Giorgio Moroder was at a really bad circus. I was a kid and some shady looking gringo was juggling knives or fire to “The Chase” from Midnight Express. Bloody magical!
- What has Moroder meant to you and your music?
I’ve always been a fan of his music, especially his soundtrack work, in particular Midnight Express, Scarface and American Gigolo. Those three still make the hair on the back of my neck stand up, the quality I strive for in all music. Don’t get me wrong, Alan Parker, Brian De Palma and Paul Schrader are all geniuses in their own respective rights, but Moroder’s electronica scores arguably made those movies even more iconic. Yeah, for me he’s right up there when it comes to soundtracks.
- What’s your favorite Moroder song?
Possibly, “Love Theme” from Midnight Express, it reminds me of the first time I saw female flesh on Betamax, Irene Miracle’s to be precise, in the second greatest love scene in movie history (Nick Roeg’s “Don’t Look Now” just slightly trumps it)
- Which other Moroder song would you give your right arm to remix?
Say hello to my little friend! “‘Tony’s Theme” from Scarface…