The living legend talks Madonna, Guetta, GRAMMYs and more
Days after winning three GRAMMY awards for his guitarwork on Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," music legend Nile Rodgers stopped by for a Google+ Hangout with Billboard on Wednesday (Feb. 5). While chatting with Billboard's Kerri Mason, the guitar god dropped some news about a new Chic album and shared a never-before-heard new solo track.
Relive the Google+ Hangout in its entirety below:
Rodgers gave an update on the upcoming Chic album, which will feature superstar collaborations from the likes of David Guetta and Avicii. The Chic guitarist described how a lick he played to test a freshly-repaired guitar caught the ear of DJ Nicky Romero, and wound up being an important part of a "huge song" on the new album. "It sounds like a pop record," Rodgers assures.
In other news, Rodgers gave an update on his new solo material (the new, still-in-progress track "Do What You Wanna Do" can be heard 37 minutes into the above video) and announced that a Chic-inspired musical is in the early stages of production.
Billboard also asked Rodgers about his once-in-a-lifetime evening at the GRAMMYs, where he picked up his first three trophies, and performed alongside Daft Punk. "The whole thing is still a blur. Traditionally [dance music is] like the redheaded stepchild of pop music," Rodgers says. Not expecting to take home any awards, he mentioned the pleasant surprise he felt finally walking up to the podium, and how his show-stopping performance was what he was really getting excited for.
But that's not all. Rodgers, whose legacy goes back to playing at the legendary Apollo Theatre, had plenty to say on a vast spectrum of topics. What was it like performing with Stevie Wonder at the Grammys? Would he ever work with Madonna again? What about Diana Ross? And what's the word on his collaborations with Disclosure?
Looking back on coming up in dance music, Rodgers reflected: "I knew that I was entering a world where it didn't make any difference if I was young, old, black, white, fat, gay, straight, whatever. It was just about the songs. And that was the one time in America in music that was so revolutionary. I just thought all I had to do was slip my 12-inch to a DJ, make the people dance, and I was in."
Previously, Rodgers dropped some early news about his solo record and the Chic reunion on the GRAMMY red carpet. Check out his interview with Billboard below: