Nile Rodgers – The Hitmaker
The last two years have seen Nile Rodgers launched back into the limelight following the massive success of Daft Punk’s single Get Lucky, his distinctive guitar work helping the French dance music duo to one oftheir biggest hits.
This 2013 documentary has been brought up to date to tell the story of his work with Daft Punk and how his band Chic has been introduced to a brand new audience.
As the co-founder, songwriter, producer and guitarist of Chic he helped define the sound of the 70s, as disco took the world by storm. But the music that had made Chic would also break them, thanks to the ‘Disco Sucks’ backlash. What could have been the end for Nile Rodgers would actually be a new beginning as a producer, helping create some of the biggest hits of the ’80s for the likes of Diana Ross, David Bowie, Madonna and Duran Duran.
The ever-charismatic Rogers contributes an engaging and often frank interview to tell the tale of how, born to beatnik, heroin-addict parents in New York, he picked up a guitar as a teenager and embarked on a journey to learn his craft as a musician, before becoming one of disco’s most successful artists.
The film recounts a captivating and moving story of a man who has been making hit music for nearly four decades and has found himself back in the limelight once again.
- 7 million copies sold worldwide, “Le Freak” is the biggest selling single in Atlantic Records history.
- Music produced and/or played on has sold over 223 Million copies world-wide and counting.
- Co-wrote “Good Times” with Bernard Edwards ,which has gone on to be one of the most sampled tracks in history, sparking the rap/hip hop movement by being sampled in Rapper’s Delight.
- Produced some of the greatest selling albums for Duran Duran, The B-52s, INXS, David Bowie, Madonna, Sister Sledge, Avicii and tons of others.
- Co-wrote, produced and played on 3 tracks on the Daft Punk record, “Random Access Memories”.
- “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk was crowned “The most popular song in Spotify history” with well over 100,000,000 plays.
- His Guitar “The Hitmaker” was once valued at £1.3 Billion due to the amount of hits written on it.
As Johnny Marr pointed out, Rodgers is responsible for countless records “you’d have to be made out of stone not to be moved by”.