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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