Nile Rodgers taught Daft Punk 'Chic tricks'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 May 2013
Daft Punk

Daft Punk

Nile Rodgers says he taught Daft Punk "Chic tricks" while working with them on their new record 'Random Access Memories'

Nile Rodgers has taught Daft Punk "Chic tricks".

The disco legend was honoured to be approached by the French music duo for their current album 'Random Access Memories' and enjoyed the experience of taking the pair on a journey through his musical roots, describing the process as "organic" and similar to that of his time in the 70s band.

Recalling when the group approached him to collaborate on the record, Nile said: "They just told me what they wanted to do and I said: 'You mean, like this...' and I ran and grabbed my old jazz guitar and started playing and they said: 'Exactly like that!' The next thing you know I'm in the studio doing that thing.

"That wonderful, organic thing. I started to show them some of the old tricks we use to do. They got so into it that they couldn't believe how we use to do it. They were blown away by it.

"It was a wonderful experience because I saw that they were just as enthralled as me with what I did. They wanted to get that first-hand knowledge of how we accomplished that. Every little Chic trick that we used, I showed them."

While many people believe the group - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter - are rebelling against Electronic Dance Music (EDM) in their new record, Nile insists the topic was never mentioned in the studio and the pair were more committed to creating fresh and innovative tracks.

He added to NME magazine: "We were just artists making music. There was no big, holistic statement to make other than 'I wanna make great music right now'. The thing that I love about them is that they carry that holistic vision through on every level.

"The visuals and the music videos, it's all part of a certain artistic commitment. In today's world of pop music, how often does that happen? Not very often, man."

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