If you've listened to the radio in the past week, chances are, you've heard a Nile Rodgers song--and probably more than one. Besides co-writing and playing guitar on Daft Punk's internationally chart-annihilating hit, "Get Lucky," Rodgers has produced so many number one singles and albums in the last 30-plus years that his music and influence are inescapable. (A short list of the artists he's worked with: Madonna, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Diana Ross, Duran Duran, and his own band Chic, responsible for some of the most iconic dance tunes of the disco era.) This evening, he's teaming up with hip-hop artist Q-Tip at two NYC events. The first is a small fundraiser co-hosted by Rodgers' We Are Family Foundation at Cipriani's, and the second (open to the public) is a gig at Output in Williamsburg, where Q-Tip and DJ Spinna will do a DJ tribute to Rodgers' music, and Rodgers will perform on guitar.
Courtesy of Nile Rodgers Productions
Over the phone on Monday night, we spoke with Rodgers about the "Deep Hidden Meaning" of "Get Lucky," his lifelong insomnia, and his Broadway-style musical (yes, you read that right) Double Time.