- Published: Thursday, 11 February 2016 17:31
Nile Rodgers is quite the achiever. His jazz influenced background gave him an edge as a producer for not only his own band Chic, but through the 80s propelling the careers of Diana Ross, Madonna, David Bowie, Duran Duran, INXS and countless others. His unique hitmaker style and outlook has kept him in demand ever since, working with B52s, Vaughn Brothers, Daft Punk, Aviici, Adam Lambert and countless others.
He penned his autobiography Le Freak a few years back which besides being a fascinating and captivating read, it explains why Nile has kept himself more busy than ever. He was diagnosed with Cancer, so started a blog to capture his feelings, the trying times and his outlook on life, his career and... the future. He has since been confirmed as cancer-free after a few years of treatment, so is joyfully determined to get on with the future, and get busy living - something he makes clear he is forever grateful for.
A few years ago you may never have heard of him. With social media, the freedom to open up and say 'yeah, that was me... all of it' and have his peers and the industry publicly honour him, is a testament to his influence, and continued status as a big player, though he doesn't act like it. He's incredibly down to earth character is clear when watching or listening to interviews, or simply browsing his twitter timeline - Nile is reachable, is relatable and an incredible person considering his achievements and status.
We're incredibly proud to play music that Nile worked on. Whether it's Like A Virgin, Freak Out, Love Shack, Upside Down, Let's Dance or even Get Lucky, it's great to take note of the incredible artist behind many of our favourite retro (and future) hits!