Duran Duran‘s latest delivery Paper Gods was two years in the making. The rock legends reported to the dancefloor for their 14th studio effort, recruiting the likes of “Uptown Funk” hitmaker Mark Ronson, soul singer Janelle Monae, and Chic icon Nile Rodgers.
“When we make a new album, what we’re trying to do is put together a new sound not just for one season like fashion but for the next couple of years — the album cycle,” says Nick Rhodes in a new behind-the-scenes clip from Live Nation TV, where the cameras follow Duran Duran into the home studio that hosted the Paper Gods sessions. “We really are like an art project.”
“He worked with Jay Z and Kanye and we thought bringing in that element would be good,” Rhodes notes of fellow Birmingham native and popular beatsmith Mr. Hudson. Hudson — who produced majority of the album — even recalls his day with Duran Duran and being left in the studio because “I think they just forgot to send me home and order me a cab.”
Rodgers and Ronson also teamed to create magic in the booth. “It makes me feel like I’m back with my band in a way,” Rodgers says. “All the guys in my original band Chic have all passed away so I feel like Duran Duran is my second band.”
Watch as Duran Duran breaks down their all their Paper Gods collaborations in the video below.