Nile Rodgers: The Beatles changed my life

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 December 2014
Nile Rodgers at the Ivors

Nile Rodgers

Nile Rodgers says The Beatles changed his life because they inspired him to embark on a career in music when he first started playing the guitar

Nile Rodgers says The Beatles changed his life.

The 62-year-old musician has revealed the Beatles track 'A Day in the Life' was the first song he played on the guitar, and prompted him to take up a career in music.

He said: "The first song I ever learned to play was a Beatles song called 'A Day In The Life'. That changed the whole course of my entire career."

The star - who is best known for his tracks with Chic including 'Everybody Dance' and 'Le Freak' - also revealed he still doesn't feel fully confident in his musical ability, despite having so much success during his extensive career, and typically assumes people won't like his songs.

He said: "I don't go into a project assuming that it's going to be a hit. I go into a project assuming it's going to be a failure and then do everything in my power to try and help people hear the music."

The Grammy Award winner has worked with Avicii, Disclosure and Sam Smith in the past few years, as well as contributing to the worldwide hit 'Get Lucky' by Daft Punk, but said he's very selective about who he works with because he wants to be able to learn things from his collaborators.

Speaking about the type of artists he chooses to work with, he told "People that I admire, respect and people that I believe that I'm going to learn from. I always go into a situation feeling highly confident I am going to teach them something and it really doesn't matter whether its Placido Domingo or Avicii, I believe that if I don't have something to offer you, why do you use me?

"If I can't give you something new then why do you need me? I always believe in working with somebody who is going to teach me something."

Nile Rodgers & CHIC

Disco and 70s grooves from the man who gave us 'Good Times', 'Le Freak', 'Everybody Dance', 'We Are Family', 'He's the Greatest Dancer' and 'Lost in Music'.

Birmingham Arena

Sun 16 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0871 945 6000

With Mistajam.

  • 19:00

The Cardiff Arena

Tue 18 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 029 2038 2001

With Mistajam.

  • 19:00

Manchester Arena

Sat 15 Dec

£45–£75 / 0844 847 8000

With Mistajam.

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