The Scion AV All Purpose Show is all about giving shine to the stars of today, but it also pays tribute to music legends like Nile Rodgers. In this clip from an upcoming episode, host Prince Paul and the Ill Out Crew ask Rogers to name the five most important songs he’s produced, which give a sense of how important to contemporary music he has been.
Rodgers helped define and popularize the sound of disco with his band Chic and production work on singles including Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family.” He subsequently became one of the most popular and acclaimed producers in pop music, working on key albums and singles for Madonna (“Material Girl,” “Like a Virgin,”), David Bowie (“Let’s Dance”), Duran Duran (“Notorious”), the B-52s (“Love Shack) and many more. His songs were sampled in hip-hop’s earliest days and continue to provide inspiration.
He continues to work in music, most notably playing guitar on three tracks from Daft Punk’s highly anticipated new album, Random Access Memories, including the first smash single, “Get Lucky.”
In 2012 Rodgers was a keynote speaker at the Scion Music(less) Music Conference. In conversation with Andre Torres of Wax Poetics magazine, he spoke to a crowd of panelists, workshop leaders and other participants about his career path. He also dropped some ridiculous music world anecdotes that included him getting shut down outside of Studio 54 when he went to meet Grace Jones and receiving a king’s welcome when he visited New York City’s top buppie disco.
Overall, Rodgers impact on dance, soul, R&B and pop music is immeasurable, and when he talks, you must listen.
Watch “Music as a Career” from Scion AV Music(less) Music Conference 2012
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