Legendary music producer Giorgio Moroder spent three decades in the musical wilderness after becoming addicted to golf.

The disco pioneer has announced he is set to release his first solo album in 30 years after teaming up with a string of guest singers including Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, and Charli Xcx.

Now he has revealed the reason for his long hiatus from the music industry - he fell in love with the fairways and spent years playing golf.

Moroder tells Q magazine, "You know how it is - the grass is always greener somewhere else. By the end of the '80s, I wanted to be a visual artist. I studied at art school in Italy, I moved to New York and did some artwork in neon. And then I came to L.A. and I discovered golf..."

The producer's new album, 74 is the New 24, is due for release in the spring (15).