Ever wondered how Motown or Hip-Hop became a thing or why David Bowie’s Hero’s or the Beatles ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ are considered amongst the greatest LP’s ever written. Perhaps like us you’ve often looked back at the golden ages of rock in the 60’s or Hip-Hop in the 70’s and 80’s, not to mention perhaps the most influential music movement in history ‘Motown’, and wished you could have been there to soak it all up.  Without these movements, future innovators wouldn’t have created the bedrock of many a DJ’s current set list. Motown and Disco led to the invention of House, Beatles made Pop music a global phenomenon and Hip-Hop amongst many things pioneered sampling. Combined these genres have become pivotal cornerstones of all genres that have since followed, but how? Was it just a few canny musicians that whilst sifting ideas randomly struck gold or was there more to it?

MUSIC MOGULS: Masters of Pop 2

Giorgio Moroder

The following documentary, Music Moguls: Masters of Pop 2: Melody Makers, recorded by the BBC and narrated by Nile Rodgers explores exactly that subject. It is a documentary that is utterly inspiring and engaging if you are truly passionate about music. If like us your passion is to one day write, produce or play great music this is essential viewing as Nile Rodgers guides you through the creation of Motown, Rock, Hip-Hop, 80’s synths to modern day pop and the influential figures who established those sounds. If thats not enough to entice you, there are exclusive interviews with producers such as Steve Levine (Beach Boys), Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck, Air), Lamont Dozier (Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas), Tony Visconti (Bowie, T Rex), not to mention in-depth discussion of how each landmark sound was created in the studio and what techniques these extraordinary producers used to get the best from their muses. Anyway enough of me… we strongly recommend hunting down a stream of: MUSIC MOGULS: Masters of Pop 2 – Melody Makers.

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