Friday, June 14, 2024

Nile Rodgers on what finally made him embrace pop and dance music

by Ken Taylor

The dance music world just can’t get enough of Nile Rodgers. And for good reason: the guy has remained constantly relevant since the ’70s, and is riding a tidal wave of attention in the last couple years with his collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Nicky Romero, and more. Dubspot had a chance to sit down with the legendary guitarist recently to roll through a number of his past achievements and get inside the mind that created some of dance music’s biggest hits, among them Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” and his own band Chic’s “Le Freak,” to name just a fraction. But Rodgers wasn’t always a hit-maker; it took being put in his place by a former music teacher to really embrace the dance and pop worlds. See how it all went down in the 10-minute documentary below.


About the Author

Ken Taylor - Hi! I'm the San Francisco-based editor of Beatport News. Before landing on Planet Beatport, I served as the editor of XLR8R for a number of years, and in the past have written about music and art for Wired, Rolling Stone, GQ, NME, and a bunch of publications that you probably haven't heard of—primarily because they don't exist anymore. Oh, I also love cycling and photography, too.


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