Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Nile Rodgers @ Fnac St Lazare, Paris June 25 2013

Nile Rodgers @ Fnac St Lazare, Paris June 25 2013, 12:30 to 2:00PM

 "Sugarhill Gang" guys coming into Nile's studio threatening him with guns (far right)

Very interesting Master Class with Nile Rodgers from CHIC fame and guitar player or producer of many great records (for Madonna, Bowie, Jagger, Earth Wind & Fire.. and recently the n°1 album of French duet Daft Punk).
The audience asked questions and Nile answered with always a smile and some funny stories while journalist Olivier Cachin was doing the translation
- Working with Daft Punk: album recorded a year ago, he was supposed to play on only one song, then they asked for another one and another one...
-Working on the next album from Etienne Daho.
-Working on David Bowie's "Let's Dance" album: It took them 2 weeks to record and master it.
-Working with low budgets: White musicians always had big budgets for their records whereas Black musicians always had low budget so they had to make things quicker.
-Sugarhill Gang and copyright infringement : interesting story on how he listened to the song for the first time in a club and was NOT pleased when he heard his parts on the song and that after tracking who it was they discovered that they were not credited and not getting any money.So they sued them and latter had 4 guys with guns threatening them in the studio. Everything was settled and contracts were negotiated and SugarHill Gang went to see them with a case full of cash...

As it was a Master Class he played some guitars and told us how he was playing on CHIC records with the different guitar parts... very interesting

Then there was a signing session

 Nile signing my "Let's dance"