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CHIC’S NILE RODGERS TALKS INFLUENCES AND DAFT PUNK ON NEW INTERVIEW

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Chic’s Nile Rodgers is the latest artist to receive the royal treatment on this new Creators Project documentary.

Following the revealing interviews with fellow Daft Punk collaborators Todd Edwards and Giorgio Moroder, Rodgers gives a warm look back on his life with Chic and also what it was like to work with Daft Punk on their forthcoming Random Access Memories. Claiming that the finished album gave him the same feeling as hearing Donna Summer’s ‘Love to Love You Baby’ for the first time, Rodgers also gives us a sneak peak into the album by playing a riff live.

Admittedly it’s not much, but at this point we’ll take what we can get since it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to get to Australia for the release party.

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Pharrell's Daft Punk Collabo Is 'From Another Dimension'

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Apr 15 2013


Skateboard P details his involvement on Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' in new interview.

Daft Punk fans got their latest taste of Random Access Memories on Monday (April 15) thanks to an interview with producer Pharrell Williams, who is among the laundry list of artists who worked on the album.

The collabo list includes legendary names like Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, DJ Falcon and Julian Casablancas, and in the interview, Williams explains his role on the track "Get Lucky." Skateboard P originally met with the robots during a Madonna party, where he said he would do just about anything to get on the album, adding, "If you just want me to play a tambourine, I'll do it."

Eventually, they met up in Paris, and Pharrell told the robots he was in a "Nile Rodgers" sort of mood with his music. He was surprised to learn that the electronic duo had already recorded a Rodgers track on Memories, and thus "Get Lucky" began to gain steam. According to Pharrell, "It's crazy, because, you know, [we're] on two sides of the Atlantic, [and] we're in the same place." It was in these sessions in Paris that Williams laid down the vocals for the song.

Williams also gives some insight as to how much he enjoyed working with the duo and how pleased he is with the end result. "You don't need MDMA for this music, because it's so incredibly vivid," he said of the prevalent party drug. He added that the electronic duo can be so groundbreaking that "they are not bound by time and space."

Yes, Daft Punk Really Are Debuting Their Album In Wee Waa, Australia.

The interview is the fourth installment of Intel and Vice's "The Creator's Project," a Web series that profiles artists who worked on the album with the robotic duo. The first three episodes of "Creator's" centered on Moroder, Todd Edwards and Rodgers. The general tone of each episode is the new concepts and outside-the-box thinking that was employed during the production of Memories.

If this track and the Pharrell's enthusiasm is any indication, Daft Punk fans will certainly be in for a treat when the album is finally released.

You can look for Random Access Memories in stores May 21.

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Pre-order on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/RAMiTunes. The Collaborators, a series by The Creators Project with direction from Ed Lachman. Add a comment Add a comment
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LISTEN: DAFT PUNK TEASE SECOND PHARRELL TRACK 'LOSE YOURSELF TO DANCE'

Monday 15th April 2013
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French duo Daft Punk unveil second track from new album

As if the Coachella video of Daft Punk and Pharrell's 'Get Lucky' wasn't enough, the French duo have premiered a teaser of another new track, 'Lose Yourself To Dance'. Listen below.




The track is the second collaboration with the NERD frontman and disco legend Nile Rogers, and follows 'Get Lucky' perfectly with its seventies guitar licks, provided by the Chic star. The 15-second snippet features a tiny extract of Pharrell's vocals and was once again premiered during Us TV show Saturday Night Live.

Daft Punk were one of the most talked about moments at this weekend's Coachella Festival - despite not performing at the US festival. The band premiered a 1.42minute video at the event and confirmed the full list of collaborators on their upcoming album, Random Access Memories. Appearing on the new album are: Panda Bear, Julian Casablancas, Todd Edwards, DJ Falcon, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Williams and Pharrell Williams.

Daft Punk have also confirmed the tracklisting for the new album, which is released in the UK on 20 May 2013. Check it out below.

1. 'Give Life Back to Music' (featuring Nile Rodgers)
2. 'The Game of Love'
3. 'Giorgio by Moroder' (featuring Giorgio Moroder)
4. 'Within' (featuring Chilly Gonzales)
5. 'Instant Crush' (featuring Julian Casablancas)
6. 'Lose Yourself to Dance' (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
7. 'Touch' (featuring Paul Williams)
8. 'Get Lucky' (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
9. 'Beyond'
10. 'Motherhood'
11. 'Fragments of Time' (featuring Todd Edwards)
12. 'Doin’ It Right' (featuring Panda Bear)
13. 'Contact' (featuring DJ Falcon)

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Daft Punk Releases Funky Teaser Video for 'Get Lucky'




Attendees of this year's Coachella music festival over the weekend got a sneak peek at Daft Punk's new music video for "Get Lucky," the first single from the group's upcoming studio album Random Access Memories.

The infectiously funky song features rapper Pharrell Williams on vocals — and, as you can see in the video, there's no shortage of glamour and sequins.


SEE ALSO: The Ultimate 2013 Summer Playlist, According to Reddit The teaser trailer was shown on the big screen during the festival, then once again during last night's episode of Saturday Night Live.


Random Access Memories, due to be released on May 21, will be the French electronic duo's fourth studio album. The Verge reports that nine additional artists will make appearances on the album, including The Strokes' Julian Casablancas and Animal Collective's Panda Bear.

Coachella is an annual music festival in Indio, Calif. This year's performers included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Modest Mouse, among others.

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Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” Video Shown At Coachella: Watch Pharrell & Nile Rodgers Jam With The Duo




New Daft Punk music has appeared in the form of a video shown at Coachella festival last night.

The 'Get Lucky' trailer features Pharrell and Nile Rodgers and was aired before Yeah Yeah Yeahs came onstage.

It features the French robots on drums and bass with Pharrell on vocal duties and Rodgers on guitar. It's an expansion of the snippet of music used on the band's website since the start of the campaign promoting their new 'Random Access Memories' album and is the longest amount of audio they've given away so far.

Pharrell looks to be on fine vocal form, providing a super smooth performance ending in the refrain "we're up all night to get lucky" – it's so infectious that it's likely to be the hook that soundtracks the summer.

The video also confirms the list of collaborators that was leaked last week and comes days after it was revealed that the band would premiere the album in the tiny Australian town of Wee Waa.

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And see a view from the fans seat!
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Nile Rodgers: New Daft Punk Album 'Went Back to Go Forward'

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Famed guitarist discusses his work on 'Random Access Memories'

Famed disco guitarist Nile Rodgers talks about working on Daft Punk's upcoming album Random Access Memories (out May 21st) in the latest installment of the Creators Project series.

"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. Having worked with everyone from David Bowie to Madonna to Duran Duran, Rodgers describes meeting Daft Punk for the first time in a similarly casual setting, and finally getting to hit the studio with the duo in New York after several missed connections.

Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Channels Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Brothers

The fact that they worked at Electric Ladyland was particularly exciting for Rodgers, who grew up around Jimi Hendrix's legendary downtown studio, jammed in the space when it was still a nightclub and even recorded his first Chic single there. While they worked, Rodgers said he felt the mark of a great collaboration in which both artists challenge and bring out the best in each other – "They make you up your game, even if your game is pretty good."

Rodgers also discusses and plays a few of his most famous guitar riffs (including, at the end, a tasty one that'll appear on Random Access Memories), while he also touches on his jazz-fusion-inspired style of disco guitar and the first time he heard fellow Daft Punk collaborator Giorgio Moroder's indelible production on Donna Summers' "Love to Love You Baby." "The magic of that groove and the way it just wrapped my body," Rodgers says, "is the way I feel when I listen to that record."

Despite a bit of a generation gap, Rodgers sees Daft Punk as his contemporaries working in a style of music he knows rather well. "I feel like I'm working with people who grew up with me and feel it the same way we felt the vibe when we were creating this stuff. It's like they went back to go forward."


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Nile Rodgers is Chic again

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On March 2, during an episode of “Saturday Night Live,” the French synth-rock duo Daft Punk ran a commercial for its upcoming album, “Random Access Memories” featuring 15 seconds of organic, funky and instantly exciting disco music. No song title was provided, but the guitar sound, a kinetic rhythm line, was instantly identifiable as the work of Nile Rodgers, the founding member of disco band Chic and one of the most important pop producers of the modern era.

Rodgers, who created such lasting hits as “Good Times,” “Le Freak,” and “I Want Your Love” and went on to produce David Bowie, Madonna, Duran Duran and the B-52s in the 1980s, will conduct a master class at 5 p.m. Friday at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan and will lead Chic during a headlining performance at the ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown festival at 9 p.m. Saturday. Rodgers said that guitar sound on the Daft Punk track boils down the essence of what he does: injecting human grooves into dance music.

“That is a perfect example of what I do,” Rodgers said during a recent phone interview. “It’s letter perfect — it’s like, ‘There’s Nile just jamming away.’ Did they give me direction? No, we just talked. They said, ‘We’re thinking about this,’ and when I heard ‘We’re thinking about this,’ I start playing this other thing. I started playing it and they said, ‘That’s it!’”

Rodgers and his chief collaborators in Chic, the late drummer Tony Thompson and bassist Bernard Edwards, came out of the downtown New York City avant-garde scene in the 1970s — one of Rodgers’ first bands was a punk band called The Boyz. But Rodgers and his colleagues broke through when their fusion-jazz group, then called the Big Apple Band, renamed themselves Chic and became the chief architects of Studio 54-era disco.

“We were not categorizing it as disco as such,” Rodgers said. “But we were smart enough to know that disco was so open that it would allow guys like us in if we had music that would make the disco audience respond. A lot of my friends in the jazz world were getting hit records with disco records, and there were a lot of them: Herbie Hancock, Herbie Mann, Joe Beck, Norman Connors, Roy Ayers. Next thing you know, they’re on the charts — the same charts as the Bee Gees and Donna Summer.”

Rodgers saw a way into mass popularity, but he took his conceptual cues from musicians who he saw as creating “totally immersive artistic experiences,” bands as wide-ranging as KISS and Roxy Music. The goal was not to merely be a disco band, but to be the disco band. Beginning in 1977, the concept paid off with huge dance-floor hits such as “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowzah, Yowzah, Yowzah),” “Le Freak,” “Everybody Dance” and “I Want Your Love.”

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Nile Rodgers: The Hitmaker, BBC documentary





Rodgers is best-known as half of disco-innovators Chic and as an über-producer who helped define the sound of the 70s and 80s. Recently, Rodgers has become a collaborator with (and unofficial spokesman for) Daft Punk, and even fronts an electronic music lobbying group.

Nile Rodgers: The Hitmaker spans Rodgers’ life and career, and features appearances from fellow Chic members (singers Norma Jean, Alfa Anderson and Fonzi Thornton and keyboard player Rob Sabino), recording engineers Bob Clearmountain and Robert Drake, and a laundry list of artists he’s worked with: Sister Sledge’s Kathy Sledge; Bryan Ferry; Steve Winwood; Johnny Marr; La Roux’s Elly Jackson; Valerie Simpson; Debbie Harry and Chris Stein from Blondie and Duran Duran’s John Taylor.

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Rodgers and his influential band are set to join an already extensive lineup at Bristol’s Castle Park on May 26.

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Fact Magazine's tuned in! "There’s little you can say about Chic that hasn’t already been covered in detail, but the pioneering disco troupe have managed to slide into the headlines again thanks to frontman Niles Rodgers’ involvement with Daft Punk’s new LP Random Access Memories. Now they have been confirmed to join Bristol’s Love Saves Sunday, and they are joining an already bumper crowd of names; Om Unit, Brackles, Ben UFO, Jaques Greene, Julio Bashmore, Soul II Soul, Ghostpoet, Ms Dynamite and plenty more will be showing up for the Sunday session.

Sadly Love Saves Sunday’s sister event Love Saves The Day has now sold out, but it looks like there are more than enough reasons to still head out for the Sunday, and you can grab tickets here."

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