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It’s been 35 years since Giorgio Moroder and Cher hooked up for to produce “Bad Love,” the diva’s disco rave-up from the 1980 soundtrack of Foxes. At 75, disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder reemerges to produce some of the biggest icons of our time.



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2015 marks the team’s 5th anniversary and they have not let this milestone go unnoticed. With over $70,000 raised to date, Team LemonAIDS has pledged to hit a $100,000 goal for AID Atlanta!

Dallas DJ Brandon Moses knows just what to bring to the opening Pride Party at the Georgia Aquarium this year. In anticipation for his visit to Atlanta, Brandon opened up about how pumped he is to be celebrating Pride with us this year!


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THE KACEY MUSGRAVES COUNTRY & WESTERN RHINESTONE REVUE Following up her critically acclaimed solo debut, Same Trailer Different Park, Musgraves is back with her sophomore album, Pageant Material reminding everyone of the truly great artist she is. Kacey will be bringing her Rhinestone tour to Buckhead Theatre complete with her raw, organic, old country sound and that beehive hair we’ve come to love so much. Thursday, August 27 ∙ 7:30 p.m. ∙ Buckhead Theatre (3110 Roswell Rd.) ∙

RICK SPRINGFIELD IS BACK The hunky Australian musician is coming back to Atlanta badder than ever before. Playing wall-to-wall hits such as his classic ‘80’s Jessie’s Girl along with some of his more current chart-toppers. Springfield recently appeared on True Detective’s season two and will star alongside Meryl Streep in the rocker comedy Ricki and the Flash. Saturday, August 29 ∙7:00 p.m. ∙ Chastain Park Amphitheatre (4469 Stella Drive Northwest) ∙

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Southeast Black & Blue and BAR•CODE present Nerds & Jocks, a fundraiser for SEBB at The Eagle. Pick your fetish and come dressed as your sexiest jock or nerd. With beats being spun by DJ Eric Jenkins, join SEBB at the back bar for drinks and let your freak flag fly high.

Imagine Music Festival (IMF) is a two-day dance music & arts festival held every year right here in Atlanta. Founded by IRIS Presents, the festival features multiple stages harboring the world’s top musicians, bands and DJs. This year’s lineup includes big names such as Lil Jon, Dada Life, Datsik, Tipper, Morgan Page and many more!

Sean Patton is coming to Atlanta for one hilarious night of comedy and fun. Tickets are $10 and the best part, the show is BYOB! The perfect money saver! You may have seen Sean Patton on Comedy Central’s @midnight, Inside Amy Schumer, and The Meltdown. Or even on Best Bars, his show on the Esquire network.

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cup. What in the world do those three have in common besides a kajillion dollars?! Do they have the same Yacht maker on speed dial? Do her and Bey go get their legs insured for $40 million by the same insurance company? It’s just so awesome weird that they are friends. Maybe Jay and Bey knew that Taylor and her beau Calvin were going to finally dethrone them as the world’s highest paid celebrity couple so they wanted to play nice just in case they need to borrow Taylor and Calvin’s private jet. And despite her “girl next door” vibe, she’s not that nice. Sure she speaks up about paying artists what they should be paid, she visits sick kids in hospitals, and she helps pay off your student loans but there HAS to be an underlining motive. She can’t just be that amazingly nice. It’s not natural. There IS that whole Twitter battle she had with Nicki Minaj recently about the MTV Video Music Awards nominations that almost started a war! And of course there is the ongoing beef that she has with Katy Perry. “Bad Blood” is basically about Katy Perry and even though she’s never confirmed that the song is about Katy, Taylor did have Left Shark come out during a “Bad Blood” concert performance back in July. I mean THE NERVE of Taylor!! How dare she be so cruel? That’s extremely not funny!

Taylor Swift: The Regina George of Our Lives She’s not our friend and she never will be. Unless you’re a famous model, a gold medal winning athlete, an award winning actress, or you have enough Grammys to donate to your local charity, don’t even think about asking to sit with her… or wearing hoop earrings because that’s her thing. So why do we idolize her so much? And when did she take the role of America’s Sweetheart? I mean really… if you take away her good looks, her skinny figure, her nice stems, and that ginormous bank account of hers, what does she really have? Everything! I love her! I mean eh, I don’t know. I can’t stand her. When did she go from serial dater to serial best friend-er? Girl power is cool and all but why is there a need to bring out random celebrities at your shows every night? To prove to the world that you’re famous enough to have super famous friends? Just rub it in our face that we will never be as popular as you, Taylor. Bringing out The United States Women’s National Soccer Team was pretty freakin’ cool… I will give her that. But when Serena Williams walks out on stage as Taylor tells the crowd to “Welcome my good friend Serena Williams!” one has to wonder, how the hell did that come about. Does Taylor’s title of Ruler of the World come with an iPhone fully loaded with the phone numbers of everyone in the world making over $20 million? I mean Jay Z and freakin’ Beyonce came to HER 25th birthday party!! JAY Z AND BEYONCE!! On my 25th birthday, I sat at home watching Netflix drinking wine out of an old McDonald’s 20 | 8.26.15

And why does she always look so put together? She leaves the gym in a dress and heels! That’s unheard of. And it’s not like we are all jealous of her friends and their stupid hangouts together… and their silly Instagram photos… and their dumb weekend pool parties. It’s not that I’m envious or anything. Seriously. I don’t care. I seriously don’t care. OKAY! I give up. She’s perfect! She’s amazing! She’s extremely nice and she’s super generous! I’m totally envious of her and her friends and her life! I want to be her. She’s the one artist that we always talk about saying how dumb her songs are but we know each and every line to “Blank Space”. We hate talking about her but secretly… deep down inside… we all love T Swizzle! She has always been in our hearts ever since that time Kanye stole her spotlight at the VMAs and the world saw how adorable that look of shock was on her face. So continue to do your thing Taylor! If someone says that they don’t like you, just know that they spend all their time thinking about you… just like my crazy ex.

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Their continued ability to support their good works with efficient and altruistic management, striving to increase their donation bases, and garnering even more public support. How can David readers help you achieve those goals? By supporting organizations they feel are worthy – with donations, volunteerism, and community activism.    Favorite TV Binge? Good and bad procedural police shows like “Law & Order: SVU”, “Criminal Minds”, “Blue Bloods”, “Hawaii Five-O”, etc.    What do you love most about Atlanta’s gay community?

David Hero:

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gifted individual with a magnanimous, charitable heart, Dan Lax is what being a David Hero is all about. Charming, always upbeat and positive, anytime you run into him you will be greeted with a smiling face. For over a decade, Dan has cemented himself as one of Atlanta’s most sought after web designers and photographers with an unyielding passion for philanthropy. He truly is a man to be counted on.   How long have you lived in Atlanta?

a totally-donated basis. And I’m on the new advisory board of AID Atlanta.   How did you get started on your philanthropic path? I’ve always gravitated toward helping charitable and sports-related nonprofit organizations.

When I lived in Stowe, Vermont, I was on the Stowe Winter Carnival and Stowe Performing Arts boards. During that time, I also had the privilege to be involved in Since 1997. So that would be 18 years now. World Cup ski racing as Head of Timing and Calculations at races around the U.S., What do you do for employment? and was the first person in the country to write computer programs for PCs, used I’m a self-employed website designer and nationwide, to rapidly score and report photographer, doing what I love. This fol- ski-race results at that level. lows a long corporate career as a banksoftware programmer and financial data- Since arriving in Atlanta, I was president center manager. of the AEN board 2005-06, and secre  tary and treasurer of the AGMC board a What charities are you involved in few years later. My current affiliations right now? are largely driven by my desire work with organizations who help people I’m the official photographer for AID with HIV. Atlanta, For the Kid in All of Us (Toy Party),   Jerusalem House, Joining Hearts, and What would you like to see in the Voices of Note (AGMC & AWC) – all on future for your charities? 22 | 8.26.15

Its community spirit and willingness to be assertive about LGBT and other social issues. Favorite neighborhood? The Piedmont Park area. It’s great for taking pictures and seeing friends.   If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? John V. Lindsay, mayor of NYC in the 60’s and 70’s. He was a great mayor, despite his difficult approval ratings. After the Stonewall riots, he ordered the NYC police to never-again hassle gay people, a bold move at the time. And he remained amazingly supportive of us for the rest of his term in office.

Watch each month as David Atlanta Magazine unveils a new hero. These community members have shown Atlanta what they do to enhance the city in which we live. If you have a suggestion for a recipient of the David Hero Award please email




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When Life Gives You Lemons... Join Team LemonAIDS!

by Dustin Shrader


he thirst is real! No, I am not talking about some randy gay surfing his Grindr. I am talking about Team LemonAIDS! Team LemonAIDS is an Atlanta AIDS Walk & 5K Run team. Consistently and proudly, Team LemonAIDS has been one of the Top 10 private teams since 2010, having raised $71,721.00 for the AID Atlanta organization. According to longstanding team member Jordan McAuley, Team LemonAIDS grew organically out of a close-knit group of friends and has evolved passionately ever since. Team LA holds AID Atlanta very close to their hearts. Every team member has a specific and meaningful reason for why they work so vigorously hard year after year. HIV/AIDS personally affected someone in each team member’s life, whether it is a family member, friend or even a coworker. The team mission statement even reads, “The LemonAIDS are an outgoing team providing camaraderie, a since of community, friendships new and old, and inclusion to those who embrace the ideal of having fun while raising money and

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providing volunteer opportunities to wor- Cynthia Bailey & husband Peter Thomas of The Real Housewives of Atlanta and thy causes in the Atlanta Area.” even CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin have Instead of going door to door asking for all participated, walking alongside the updonations, Team LemonAIDS takes the beat group and helping them to sell their fun-loving, all-inclusive approach to their signature lemonade during the run. fundraising. Each year the team hosts a to-die-for party or event and 2015 is no 2015 marks the team’s 5th anniversary different. This year’s fundraising event is and they have not let this milestone go unthe Y’allywood Diva Ball honoring Atlanta noticed. With over $70,000 raised, Team Cotillion benefiting AID Atlanta at the LemonAIDS has pledged to hit a $100,000 Mason Murer Art Gallery on September goal! Their biggest feat yet. 26th. Tickets can be purchased at The event is produced Anyone looking to celebrate inclusiveness by Krystee Manifold Spencer & James and having a blast with the guys and gals Nelson (owner of TEN)’s event production of LemonAIDS is more than welcome to join. For further info visit company, Toast of the Town. There you can sign up, make donations, see Big names have also joined Team LA in the team’s goal efforts raised so far and their hardworking charitable efforts, even connect with other members.


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AT SOME POINT, EVERYONE FEELS LIKE THEY’RE THE ONLY SANE PERSON IN THE ROOM, BUT ARE THEY REALLY? The Tony Award Winning Alliance Theatre is gearing up to launch their  2015/2016 season with their production of  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  The play is written by Dale  Wasserman  and based on the novel of the same name by Ken Kesey.   Following a series of  miscellaneous crimes, protagonist Randle McMurphy is given a prison sentence in 1960’s America.  Rather than serve out his punishment in an actual prison, he instead chooses a psych ward because he thinks it to be the easier option.  Once he arrives he soon learns how wrong he  is.  As the seemingly only “sane” patient at the ward, he begins making connections with his fellow patients and breathing fresh air into the stale halls of the ward.   Not everyone is blown away by the new patient, particularly Nurse  Ratched, the head nurse.  She rules her ward with an iron fist and  ruthless manipulation games 26 | 8.26.15

and doesn’t take kindly to a new person of influence in her wing. When the two personalities collide, it becomes a battle of free spirits and unchecked tyranny.     Susan V. Booth, who recently directed  August: Osage County at the Alliance, serves as the play’s director.  She wanted to do this powerful drama in Atlanta because  of the people she knew she could work with.  “After 14 years of watching the amazing depth of the Atlanta talent pool, it was just time,” Booth said.    From the Atlanta talent pool Booth has chosen  Thomas Neal Antwon  Ghant  to play the lead role of Randle McMurphy.  He has previously had roles in Blues for an Alabama Sky as well as A Christmas Carol.  For the role of the domineering Nurse  Ratched  Booth chose local actress Tess  Malis  Kincaid.  Her other credits include playing in August: Osage County  while her other  credits include Tyler Perry productions I Can Do Bad All By Myself and House of Payne.  

Featuring a 16 member cast and a scene designed by Tony Award Winning designer Todd Rosenthal, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest  opens September 2 and runs through September 20.   Tickets are $20  and can be bought online or by calling the box office at  404.733.5000.  For a full schedule of days and times of performances please visit alliancetheatre. org/cuckoo. | 27


Get Decadent On Labor Day!

by Jason Mietelski


abor day is a time for decadence and excess during the “Gay Mardis Gras” in New Orleans—if you’ve experienced the parades, lavish costumes, non-stop 24 hour dancing and partying, and throngs of sweaty men enveloped in primal sexiness, then you know what I’m talking about (and you’re probably headed down to experience Southern Decadence in its entirety from Wednesday, September 2nd thru Monday, September 7th). If you’ve never been, then you definitely want to keep reading! What began in New Orleans in the early 70s as a costume and drinking party has now become one of the world’s biggest events, drawing over 160,000 LGBT participants and raising more than $190 million in 2014. This year, activities will be centered around the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets, where you will find the hottest, most scantily clad dancers at The Parade dance club, and get the chance to meet more gorgeous and willing men 24 hours a day at The

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Bourbon Pub video bar. If you’re looking for things to do and tips on how to become a Decadence professional, stop inside Hit Parade Gift and Clothing store, where the Southern Decadence Official Welcome Center is located. The gay bars never close in The French Quarter, so there will be plenty to do during your entire visit. There will be huge street parties, and some of the best DJs in the country will be spinning at the clubs to keep your body jumping and your energy level at its maximum. A few of the DJs that will be headlining are DJ Kidd Madonny, who was a major success last year, along with DJ Ivan, Sean Michael, Billy Francesca and DJ Mike Bryant. At The Bourbon Pub, video grooves will be provided by VJs Brendan Thompson and Chris Allen. Southern Decadence officials also want to remind everyone to pace themselves: The men and parties are non-stop; there’s plenty to do; so take a breather every once in a while and remember to eat and stay hydrated!

Weekend passes can be purchased online for $60 or $100 VIP, and include nightly entrance into The Parade and The Bourbon Pub, which are exclusively hosting the most decadent events. Things kick off midnight Thursday with the official welcome party, hosted by “The Bearded Lady” Billy Francesca and Nicole DuBois, and the Big Dick Contest upstairs at The Bourbon Pub, giving you the chance to show everyone “you’ve got what it takes”. Friday at 7:30 p.m. things pick up speed when the Southern Decadence Float Parade begins at Washington Park and meanders thru Decatur, Canal and Bourbon Streets, finally stopping at Ursulines. Then at 11 p.m., stop by The Bourbon Pub/Parade to see the hottest men in New Orleans strip down to bare skin in The Boys On Parade amateur strip night event. Saturday at 6 p.m. there will be a free outdoor concert at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets featuring Rozalia, Kristine W., Inaya Day, Jeanie Tracy and more. At 11 p.m., the perfect complement to The Big Dick Contest: The Hot Ass Contest will be held at The Bourbon Pub upstairs. On Sunday you will see some of the most ostentatious costumes during the Walking Parade which begins at The Golden Lantern near Decatur Street. Then the Twisted T-dance with Drag-a-Licious Billy Francesca starts at 4 p.m., taking you to DJ Ivan’s first New Orleans appearance featuring Shangela from Ru Paul’s Drag Race seasons 2 and 3, and live performances by Titan Men pornstars Tyler Rush and Hans Berlin! And then comes Labor Day Monday with the aptly named “Hungover and Broke” closing party featuring Eros and Poseidon of the Scorpio Boys performing live with The Ladies of Lipstixx at 8 p.m. Just remember to keep your alcohol in plastic cups when walking through the city, don’t pee in the alleys, and by all means play, but play safely (Free condoms will be passed out everywhere in case you forget yours)! By the time you return to Atlanta, you’ll surely be exhausted and spent, but you’ll have memories to last a lifetime—or at least until next year when you won’t be able to resist doing it all over again! For info on hotels, events, and official parade routes, visit or send an e-mail with questions to


BM: My background is in music. I have a music education degree K-12 from liberal arts school in Ohio and I started my adult career for six years as a choir director, so I really enjoy singing and dancing. I was in Music Theater growing up and was in choir all through high school and middle school. I always just really enjoyed the combination of singing and dancing and it led into a natural progression. I used to sing in the gay men’s chorus here my first nine years in Dallas, but now really, my musical outlet is DJ’ng and just watching my friends and those that I hold dear on the dance floor with smiles on their faces and having a good time and going on a journey together. DA: What can we expect from you at Pride this year?

DJ Brandon Moses The Aquarium Party’s Dreamy Music Muse by Dustin Shrader


ith his affinity for fun, happy and light music, rising Dallas DJ Brandon Moses knows just what to bring to the opening Pride Party at the Georgia Aquarium this year. Bursting onto the DJ scene in 2008, Brandon has made a wanton name for himself playing everywhere in Dallas including the Tin Room and the Drama Room, branching out to Denver, Las Vegas, Miami Beach, rocking the 2013 opening Halloween party in New Orleans and the ever so popular Portofino Island Resort in Pensacola. This studly spinner is hotter than ever and in high demand! In anticipation for his visit to Atlanta, Brandon took the time to open up about his early beginnings, his musical inspiration and how pumped he is to be celebrating Pride with us this year! David Atlanta: How did you get started in business? Brandon Moses: It’s escaping me what year it was. It was probably about six or seven years ago. I just started putting out some podcasts. I found a program to put those together. Friends really enjoyed them, downloaded them, used them at the gym and then they started asking when I was going to spin live. I had no experience, no equipment at that point, so things just fell into place with a DJ mentor friend of mine here in Dallas, Paul Kraft. Humble beginnings and all. He had a gig at this club every other Saturday, he asked me to spin there on New Year’s Eve, that was my first time using his equipment, and then he asked me to take that over. DA: How you would describe your style?

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BM: To me, an opening party especially for Pride weekend should be happy. Everyone’s celebrating. It’s fun, vocal music that puts a smile on everybody’s faces. I mean, we’re in an aquarium too. I can’t play sketchy, hard music in an aquarium. It’s going to be fun, lighter, still edgy, good sexy beats but it’s going to be stuff that people recognize because some of the songs we sing along to and hopefully even throw in a lot of songs from 10, 15 years ago that the older generation at the party will know. I think it’s going to be a really fun night. DA: I know you said you have such a heavy background in music. Do you have a big music inspiration that you turn to? BM: It’s interesting. Obviously, having a music background I understand the mechanics of Dj’ng a little bit more than other DJ’s do that don’t have any musical training. When it comes down to it Dj’ng nowadays it’s mainly finding music, being able to uphold the best music. I make sure there are a direction and a purpose that it’s not just throwing random songs together but actually a cohesive whole and that’s what my goal of every set is—to tell a story and to help people go through a journey throughout the evening from beginning to end. I feel really strongly that a DJ set is very much a story and has to have a rise and a fall. DA: Since you stay so busy, but what do you like to do for fun in your down time when you’re not working? BM: I do workout quite a bit. I have a personal trainer and I enjoy obviously downloading music. I’ve been watching a lot of shows like Blue Planet and Cosmos. A lot of shows recently just learning about the earth and it’s evolution and animals, plants. I love, love hanging out with my friends. DA: What do you have coming up in the next year? BM: To be honest, I don’t have any major events planned. I am obviously a resident DJ here at Station 4. I will probably be spinning for our Pride after the parade, when the parade stalls out. They’re doing a bigger park this year to accommodate more people and more stuff and I just got an email asking if I wanted to do an hour and 15 minute set. I thought that was very specific. So, Pride here and then Pride in Atlanta and then just wait to see what else gets offered! Tickets are selling out fast for the Aquarium’s Opening Pride Party! General admission and Lounge tickets are still available to be purchased at


THE BIG DADDY OF DANCE At 75, disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder reemerges to once again produce some of the biggest icons of our time by Chris Azzopardi


t’s been 35 years since Giorgio Moroder and Cher hooked up for a late-night session to produce “Bad Love,” the diva’s disco rave-up from the soundtrack of the 1980 coming-ofage drama, Foxes.

“We were supposed to start at 2 o’clock in the studio, and who comes in at 2 o’clock punctual? Cher,” Moroder recalls, tickled. “I said, ‘Shit, because with an artist like her – the big stars, you think, if it’s 2 o’clock, they come in at 5 o’clock, if you’re lucky. So she was there at 2 o’clock, and I said, ‘Cher, something is wrong – I was told you’re always late.’ And she said, ‘Yes, I’m always late... except the first time.’” Decades have passed and music has changed and Cher has not. One other thing remains the same: Moroder still lights up at the mere thought of the ageless icon, how “I loved her” and “she was so funny.” Undoubtedly, Cher, to this day, can still smack you with a punchline. A star, an icon, the diva of all divas – her success is abiding.

became the catalyst for modern-age dance music. Between 1974 and 1984, Moroder’s creative force was a hot commodity, and everyone who was everyone – Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie – clamored for his heyday genius. During Moroder’s most musically prolific era, the producer, composer and DJ could be found endlessly shacked up in a studio. There, he’d mix until the wee hours, never to succumb to his own burgeoning brand of sonic escapism that coaxed just about everyone but himself – the man behind those very beats – to the clubs. “If I go back, I remember one year, ’85, when I did the (music for the) Top Gun movie,” he says. “The whole year I was doing several projects, of which most didn’t work out, but I think I had one weekend by myself. I would work like crazy.” And even that’s an understatement. While producing for an army of iconic artists during the first wave of disco-dance, Moroder was also becoming a booming cinema presence.

Now, returning to the scene at age 75 with his first album in 30 years, Moroder can say the same for his own monumental success. He won his first Oscar for his music in 1978’s Midnight Express, and then two more for “Flashdance… What a Feeling” and The Italy-born musical mastermind who unwittingly blazed a Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away,” from Top Gun. In 1983, he infruitful trail of radio hits is the father of such celebrated dance- tensified Scarface with his music (he produced the soundtrack), floor relics as Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You Baby” and and also contributed to the 1984 children’s fantasy classic The Blondie’s ubiquitous No. 1 hit “Call Me.” A cavernous catalog of NeverEnding Story, for which he produced the theme song. ’70s-era paragons and Moroder’s unprecedented artistic vision 32 | 8.26.15

At 75, his own story, it seems, is neverending. Thanks to a muchdeserved salute to Moroder on their latest opus, the track “Giorgio by Moroder” from 2013’s Grammy-winning Random Access Memories, Daft Punk prompted a welcome resurgence. “My name is Giovanni Giorgio, but everybody calls me Giorgio,” he adorably notes during the spoken-word, EDM-charged caper. The song is Moroder’s memoir. And as he looks back on his teenage years, he says “(my) dream was so big that I didn’t see any chance.”

“Janet was such a darling, but at the time, she was so young,” Moroder says. “She was working on her voice, and I know that the father (Joseph Jackson) was involved with the production not directly but indirectly. It was difficult.” That same year, Moroder produced Freddie Mercury’s first song as a solo artist, “Love Kills.” Their collaboration, however, wasn’t a Janet-like situation – it was just the opposite. Freddie Mercury was so seasoned, he left Moroder feeling “intimidated.”

But other dreamers did. Some – for instance, RCA Records, who commissioned his latest offering, Déjà Vu – even gave “Freddie was relatively difficult,” Moroder reveals. “He was such him the chance. a great singer, composer, lyricist, performer, diva, dancer, icon that (I thought), ‘Am I going to tell Freddie that that high note he Love to love him, baby sang was not perfect?’ So between that and the little problems we had before we even started, it was a tough production.” Could anyone have predicted that Giorgio Moroder would change the future of music? Probably. But in 1969, the only evi- Tech advancements have certainly alleviated any potential sodence of his ingenuity was “Looky Looky,” a frothy Beach Boys- cial anxieties, but not, of course, without their own set of chalesque concoction that, while slight, still sounded remarkably lenges. The process nowadays, Moroder says, is impersonal, ahead of its time. two people – the artist, the producer – conceiving a song in a virtual world. Sia, Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue all appear Fast forward nearly 10 years to 1977, when, with the help of on Déjà Vu, but during the recording, they and Moroder weren’t a blossoming singer named Donna Summer, his career boomed even in the same time zone. beyond his own wildest dreams. “Compared to Donna Summer – she was busy but nothing like The two made music magic together, storming the charts with singers are busy now,” he says. “Sia, for example, is all over the the steamy disco number “Love to Love You Baby” in 1975 and, world. One day she’s in Australia; the next day she’s in London. two years later, “I Feel Love,” a slice of synth heaven released in They don’t even have time to go into the studio with me as a 1977. By incorporating the newly developed Moog synthesizer, producer. That’s the new way. The only problem is the communiwhich generated a bed of pulsating, writhing throbs, the latter cation – and that’s a big problem.” was instrumental in revolutionizing the techno movement. But still, Moroder insists, “I Feel Love” would not have been the Deja woo same without Summer’s ethereal coos. With a cluster of white-robed men ogling a bearded Moroder, Summer, he says, “humanized the machine,” a characteristic and a steamy haze obscuring the scene, the subliminal marketthat was “one of the reasons it did so well.” ing of Moroder’s Knights in White Satin cover wasn’t exactly subliminal. By suggesting Moroder was gay by way of a not-soConcerning their first hit together, “Love to Love You Baby,” subtle bathhouse setting – and changing “Nights” to “Knights” Moroder recalls reluctantly finding the song a label home. – Casablanca Records’ Neil Bogart could expand the producer’s “When I presented that song to some record companies – ac- already growing gay following. Moroder, though, was oblivious tually, I didn’t. Somebody did it for me, because I was embar- to the fact that he was being baited. rassed. I thought nobody would ever release this.” To his surprise, the song surged the charts, eventually becoming recognized as one of the greatest disco-era songs of our time. Moroder credits the song’s success with a 17-minute extended cut of the five-minute single, an idea brought to him by Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart, who was inspired to maximize the track’s running time after hearing it looped at a party in its original form like it was drug. So, Moroder tagged on 12 minutes, which he now calls “the key to its success.” Not all of Moroder’s projects managed the same level of commercial clout, however. Janet Jackson’s second studio album, Dream Street, which Moroder produced when the entertainer was just 17 years old, didn’t fare as hoped. In fact, it didn’t really fare at all. Peaking at No. 147 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in October 1984, the pop icon’s coming-of-age sophomore release was, in retrospect, a stepping stone, a small push to a big breakthrough: 1986’s Control. | 33

“For months, I didn’t even notice,” he recalls, snickering. “I realized that (Bogart) was giving this to the gay community, which is great. But what a sneaky guy! I was just surprised at how cleverly he changed the title. And I was happy. It was absolutely OK with me. Although, I must tell you: I’m not gay, but I love gay people. It’s absolutely in my… feelings, actually.”

sound he had pioneered years before. His influence on today’s dance music-makers du jour – Avicii, Dr. Luke, Calvin Harris and David Guetta – is as inescapable as it is indelible.

“I noticed more and more the (gay) audience describing that production, which was similar or inspired by me,” Moroder says. “That made me think that maybe I have some (gay) following, at In his “feelings”? In his thick, lovable Italian accent, Moroder least with regard to the music.” clarifies, making you wish he were your smartphone’s knowledge navigator – your Siri. He does. He must. And Déjà Vu, with a smoldering line-up of gay-loved ladies, is just the beginning of a new beginning. In between DJ sets and solving one small booklet of crossword “I love gay people; although I’m not, I love them.” puzzles a week – which, he says, has kept his mind sharp (“I’m solving the same puzzles as I did 30 years ago”) –  the music The feeling was mutual, as Bogart soon discovered. pioneer continues to dedicate ample time to his still-coveted “‘Love to Love You’ with Donna Summer was a big hit in the artistry. Coming soon: a collaboration with Lady Gaga, who has discotheques,” he says. “And since I never really went to disco- recruited Moroder for her next album. theques, I did not really know exactly what was happening. But everyone was saying that the gay community made that song How is Moroder feeling about his sudden reemergence? a hit. Now, I hear other people, especially with the song ‘I Feel Overwhelmed. Humbled. But, mostly, thrilled. Love,’ (saying) that it became a little bit of an anthem for the gay community. But, at the time, I didn’t really realize it.” “I remember I was on a press tour in the limelight – this was about 40 years ago, late ’70s, beginning of ’80s – and now I’m In fact, he wasn’t conscious of a gay following until just a decade almost back as big and as known as then, and it’s quite someago, during his 60s. As Moroder savored his semi-retirement, thing,” he says, uttering a blissful sigh. “Sometimes I think, he discovered – along with, obviously, Bogart’s calculated as- ‘Shouldn’t I be playing with little dogs and having my hobbies?’ sistance – that he’d wooed a rather significant queer following I’ve worked for two and a half years on this album and I’m happy. over the years. On occasion, while casually perusing gay press, I’m absolutely not complaining. I mean, it’s a lot of work, but I Moroder says he’d see him come up in reference to the EDM guess it’s what keeps me happy.” 34 | 8.26.15 | 35


calm if they are making sure the candles are lit. You want to be relaxed the same you want your loved ones to be relaxed so they can savor one of the biggest moments of your life. 2. Don’t micromanage. After planning & communicating with all the credible creative professionals, just step back and let them do their job. You’ve hired them because you felt a connection to their work and personalities so micromanaging would put a strain on the day for you both. Just as with any job you perform, you can’t ever do your best when someone is watching you and judging your every move. Sit back and relax! Let the day happen. By the time the day of your wedding has arrived, there is hardly anything that can change. Each professional has precisely planned every aspect of the day. The food and flower orders were placed weeks in advance based on the goal of giving you exactly what you’ve dreamed of. So if you are micromanaging, you may get a wild idea to make those centerpieces tall instead of short, and without divine intervention; usually that just isn’t going to happen. Relax and rest assured that all of the hard work everyone has put into creating your day will pay off in the end.

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It’s All in the Finish

How to Relax and Enjoy Your Wedding Day

3. Just say no. This one may sound incredibly elementary, but lay off of the booze. A couple (and I mean two at the MAXIMUM) glasses of anything will suffice to take the buzz off of your nerves. Anything beyond that and you’ll either get tired or tipsy; neither of which you want to feel on your wedding day. Even throughout the reception pace yourself. Photos and videos can only capture so many memories, so you don’t want to be a drunk mess and not remember a damn thing. Most people wouldn’t even think of drugs and a wedding being in the same sentence. I’m not talking about anything crazy, but I’ve had a couple brides pop a Xanax to calm their nerves, and bloop; that was all she wrote. Usually your day is hectic simply because of scheduling, so unless you have someone like myself making sure you have food and water on your tummy, you’ll go all day without nourishment. So after a few glasses of this, a quick pop of that you’ll find yourself really upside down. Well boys and girls, all good things must come to and end; so we’ll just say this is my happy ending to you. I hope you’ve enjoyed my guidance and advice throughout my Knotty Notes column and feel confident that you have picked up the right tips and tricks to jump into planning the wedding of your dreams. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns. I won’t lie and tell you it’s easy when I know it’s a lot of hard work. The stressors of combining families, faiths, homes and finances can easily push you to the limit. You need to focus on planning a marriage and let me worry about the party. I’m here if ever you should need me!

Over the past eight weeks I’ve hit the high notes of what it takes to tackle planning such a huge event, and now I want to walk you through how to relax and enjoy the rewards of what you’ve worked so hard to realize. When the wedding day finally arrives, you have to trust in the decisions you’ve made, the professionals you’ve hired and let everything come together as it should. Hopefully you will be smart enough to hire me, and then you won’t have to worry about anything! However, if you decide to plan solo there are still steps on your wedding day you can take to help things flow. I’ve Stay Knotty, whittled my abundance of information down into three highly Christopher important facts for you. 1. Leave your friends and family out of it. If you properly planned, hired credible professionals and clearly communicated throughout the process you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Asking your mom, dad, brother, sister, co-worker or anyone who you would want to enjoy the day as your guest to work or focus on anything but you… to put it simply, it’s just a bit rude. They will never be able to be 38 | 8.26.15

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Expect your well laid plans for the day to change overnight. The romantic drive with your partner could be in jeopardy as the two of you begin to fight like Krystle and Alexis. Hopefully things will calm down by this evening. You hate eating dinner alone.

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You’ll project positive energy today. Some guys will pick up on your sunny vibe, while others will retreat from you like vampires from the light. Trying to convert those people will be a waste of your time. You only have so much energy to throw around, so share the love only to those who appreciate it.

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The outcome of a stormy relationship will be up to you today. You could hang in there and face even more heartache and humiliation. Or you could grow a pair and walk out the door. You’re looking at a choice of being a prisoner or liberator. Sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it?

You may have a thing for men in uniforms of authority, but don’t go too far with that. Speeding down the freeway in the hopes of being pulled over by a macho cop may give you a temporary turn-on. But the thousands in fines and possible jail time…say, maybe it will be worth it!

You may have been the one to initiate a romance, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be the one to end it. Holding the short end of the stick may leave you with pie on your face, especially when you swore that this one was forever. Look for the warning signs today. They’ll be painfully obvious.

You may make a public spectacle of yourself today as you get caught up in a frivolous new romance. Making out in the middle of brunch with friends won’t seem so bad, but all eyes will be on you when the pants come down, and it becomes painfully obvious that you forgot to put on underwear.


S E S S I O N That’s right, your single friends have the BEST advice for your relationship. Please keep listening to them. This should end well. It’s really sad seeing all these 40 to 50+ year old queens still taking their shirts off at these pretentious gay social gatherings. Gravity is a bitch!

So quick to call out some bitches but can’t see your own damn flaws.

Chipotle: Serving up safer sex since 1993.

If he’s checking Tindr while on a date with you, he probably doesn’t want a second date, fool.

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Girl, so he’s not your friend anymore. Get over it. Everyone is tired of hearing about it!

It takes nerve to trick at your boyfriend’s mountain cabin when he is not there.

Looking at the picture of the two of you side by side, and noticing your weight LOSS, and your weight GAIN...It’s very clear cocaine goes both ways.

I am so sorry for the way I treated older men when I was young. Please forgive my dumbass 20-something self.

I type “No one cares” in comment lines far too often. Thank God for the backspace key.

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