In this third segment of the Creators Project series, they focused in on Nile Rodgers, famed American disco guitarist. Many people see the name of an artist on an album and forget that it takes way more than just the artists themselves to produce something great. In this case, it’s not just Guy and Thomas held up in a studio month after month; it’s a whole team of producers and musicians working to bring one of the most anticipated albums in the Electronic Music community to life.
Nile Rodgers has been in the music industry since the 1960’s, working with artists such as David Bowie, Duran Duran, and Madonna. One of his most famous claims to fame was Chic’s biggest hit, “Le Freak,” which in the end made Rodgers an icon for his unique style of sound. Rodgers’ collaboration with Daft Punk was something to be expected, “Ninety percent if not higher of all recordings that I’ve ever made in my life have been the result of a very impromptu initial meeting that feels so natural and so organic that you have to take it to the next level,” Rodgers says. After just barely missing each other years ago, the French DJ duo called up Rodgers and finally they were all in the right place, at the right time. Meeting up at Jimmy Hendrix’s legendary Electric Ladyland was an enthusing moment for Rodgers, not only because he grew up in that very neighborhood, but also because it was that exact location where he recorded his first Chic single. Rodgers goes on to talk about the evolution of “the robots” and how their music has come a long way. I for one am more than ecstatic to hear what these three, and the rest of the collaborators, have in store for Random Access Memories.
May 21st can’t come soon enough!
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