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It Never Dies, It Multiplies

July 18, 2012


Many things have caused major changes my life - seeing Bryan Ferry and Roxy music in the mid 70's was one

Many things have caused major changes my life, and over the next few weeks you will see one of them: Freakout! Montreux. This was a multi-act show that I curated at the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival. When I was a youngster I took to the guitar like a duck to water. I didn't pick up the instrument until I was sixteen years old - but by nineteen I was a working session jazz guitarist touring with TV's Sesame Street.

At around twenty-three years of age, my then girlfriend and I walked into a disco and I heard continuous music for the first time. It was the beginning of the disco revolution and my personal evolution. In a matter of a few short months I'd evolve into a composer, arranger, and producer of funky dance based groove hits. In less than a decade I was honored as Billboard Magazine's # 1 Single's Producer.

This year, the CEO of the Montreux Jazz Festival Claude Nobs wanted to honor me, but I wanted to honor the music that changed my life. A basic characteristic of anything is to evolve. As I absorbed more technical information my musical calling became clearer and more heightened.

When I entered the dance music scene it was open to everybody. I saw it as the highest form of communication between human beings. We all spoke the same language and had the same philosophy: If it moved people's souls to get them up and dancing - it worked! We didn't need critics and experts to explain it to us. The people are the experts!

As dance music evolves, the genres are as varied as single-celled organisms - but It Never Dies, It Multiplies.

 


A lo-res snippet from Freakout! Montreux of "Tell It To My Heart" by Taylor Dayne, diva of freestyle AKA Latin hip-hop and electro: a form of dance music that blew up in New York, Miami, and New Jersey in the early 80's.

 


Freakout! Montreux Sound check


This was a multi- act show that I curated at the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival


Billboard Magazine Award


Claude Nobs the CEO of the Montreux Jazz Festival wanted to honor me this year


I see dance music as the highest form of communication between human beings


The people are the experts!


We just multiply- Alison Moyet, me, Johnny Marr, and Mark Ronson


We just multiply - CHIC and Elly Jackson of La Roux


We just multiply - Tavares


We just multiply - Claude Nobs and dj Scarlett Etienne


We just multiply - Selan from CHIC with the voice that launched a thousand hits, Martha Wash


We just multiply - Me, Mark Ronson, Claude Nobs, and Quincy Jones


We just multiply - Grace Jones


We just multiply - Quincy Jones, world-champ female beatboxer Butterscotch, and Ultra Naté


We just multiply - Dimitri from Paris (red jacket), Marc Cerrone (white hair), Claude Nobs, & Taylor Dayne getting they're dance on


We just multiply - me with dj extraordinaire Felix da Housecat


We just multiply - Me with Patrick Juvet

 


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Hope You Enjoy!

July 15, 2012


Nile and a few thousand of his closest friends in Montreux for the FreakOut! Montreux All-Night Dance Party

Hi there, it's IAmMisterD again with another installment of hacked blog footage from FreakOut! Montreux 2012.

Nile will be back and better than ever as soon as he settles in to the next strand of tour dates, but in the mean time, there was just too much video footage to keep to myself. It was a very proud night for us, as our Maestro here again broke boundaries and made magic and history.

These are just some of my fave clips - and I do have to say that watching Quincy Jones rock out side-stage for the entire night was crazy awesome. Hope You Enjoy!

 


CHIC setting up the mood for an amazing night of music and dancing


Elly Jackson of La Roux with CHIC performing her hit "Bullet Proof"


Mark Ronson in DJ form, mixing it up for everyone to Enjoy!

 


Quincy spent the night side-stage rockin' out and showing his love and support for Nile's vision

 


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They're Electric

July 14, 2012


This really happened. Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Johnny Marr and Alison Moyet performing Mark's version of Johnny's classic "Stop Me"

Greetings from Montreux! Many of you know me, but for those that don't my name is D and I'm Nile's Media Director / Tech guy. I'm on here as IAmMisterD. Nile's had a groundbreaking and unbelievable few days - weeks.. It's just non-stop funk to the max in his world at the moment.

Montreux Jazz 2012 was no exception. As a matter of fact, boundaries and cross genre, heart thumping, funk went down last night, in a way that Montreux has never seen.

Now, I'll let Nile tell his stories the way he does and we all love, but for now, I'll share with you some of my pics from FreakOut! Montreux. They're Electric.

 


The day before FreakOut! Montreux Claude Nobs invited everyone to hi chalet - Here's Nile with Taylor Dayne and Ultra Naté on the ride up telling rock-n-roll stories


The view from Claude Nobs chalet - Claude founded the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967 and it's arguably the largest music festival in the world


Checking out a hanglider from Claude's chalet with Scarlett Etienne


Nile, philosophising the mysteries of music


Nile plays a MEAN game of Ping Pong - like an old-school New Yorker


Setting it up


A FIERCE backspin


A proud Nile overlooking his people from the balcony at Claude's chalet


Mark Ronson backstage last night - ready to make history


A beautiful and amazingly talented Alison Moyet - all smiles


On stage with Elly Jackson from La Roux - "Bullet Proof"


Jerry Barnes (Bass) breaking grounds


The CHIC Machine in all it's splendour


This is Rock-N-Roll


Nile and Claude - thank you's, love and music


Overlooking the crowd


Nile played like there was no tomorrow - he left every bead of sweat on that floor


Electric


This.. is Nile Rodgers


A video screen shot


The CHIC Horns, amazing as ever


Everybody Dance


The crowd coming to life


The CHICsters laying down the groove


The CHICsters laying down the groove


Butterscotch, the world's greatest female beat-boxer, getting ready to funk it up with CHIC


This crowd never knew what hit them - Music Nonstop


At one moment, I went up to Nile and was like "What's this, Ibiza?"


The crowd was on fire


Claude Nobs and Nile addressing a packed house at Montreux's famous Stravinski Auditorium

 


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The Last Week of My Life

July 4, 2012


For The Last Week or so I’ve not been able to update my blog. But in the last week I've given two speeches

For The Last Week or so I’ve not been able to update my blog. I’ve tried to get it done as consistently as I have in the past but it’s been impossible. My situation made me feel frustrated, anxious, and even angry. It started to take a toll on me. I realized I had to accept the reality and just let it go. I started the blog because I wanted it to be a comfortable healing place. I’d had more than my fair share of stress the very first day I wrote my very first word about my cancer experience.

Today, I consciously had to repeat to myself, “Relax Nile. The schedule is purely arbitrary and everything is going to be fine.” I was so tense today I nearly passed out from stress. This is one hundred percent true. But to be completely accurate it wasn’t just my frustration of not being able to tend to my blog post properly, it was due to the severe stress of travel. Well I'm now in England and have full bandwidth and all the drama is behind me. So let me show you in pictures what it's been like The Last Week of My Life.

 


IBIZA123 Festival with Sting, Elton John and yours truly


I strained a muscle and was tended to by maybe the coolest Dr. on earth, who fixed me enough to play a show the next night


We did an incredible gig in an incredible place called Blainville, France


Jamming in my semi Cab Calloway suit in Blainville. The Rock n Roll Dr. fixed me pretty good


A few hours after we got back to our hotel in Rouen, France we'd go to Ibiza, Spain


Hours after we arrived in Ibiza, it was party time


Party time Ibiza style


Beautiful Body Art


Another flawless cadenza by Kim


A Burn Girl


Cool peeps in Ibiza


Jamming at the end of "Let's Dance"


Me w Andy Taylor of Duran Duran, Power Station, etc. He's a great musician and a fantastic guy


The super motor yacht Radiant was docked outside my bedroom my last night in Ibiza


I landed in Manchester, England to do press for my upcoming gig


One of our upcoming gigs The Magic Loungeabout

 


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Freakout! Montreux

June 28, 2012


Bernard Edwards and me signing CHIC to Atlantic Records in 1977

I was up all night planning the final pieces of our mega Dance Party at Montreux Jazz on July 13. It will be the first event of it's kind that I've curated since the formulation of CHIC. I see it as "The Evolution of Dance Music."

I respect the big voice divas, 70's orchestrated disco, 80's synth pop, house, techno, and the killer Dj's the same way I respect other great artists. I believe that they use they're instruments as creatively as many of the best virtuoso musicians. And I don't mean just battle Dj's who dazzle us with their turntable skills - but the great composer Dj's who create emotional and artistic musical collages while keeping the dance floor packed and the rumps shaking.

I'll bring together many legendary artists who represent the ever changing world of dance music - past, present, and future. We'll literally go "On and on till the break of dawn," then have breakfast. And if we pull this off - we will positively Freakout! Montreux.

 


The full early CHIC Org - Sadly, of the five guys, I'm the only one still alive


The rarest CHIC record I've ever seen - from a shop in East Germany


To this very day, I try and keep the Studio 54 vibe alive


The CHIC Organization Box-Set with remixes by Dimitri from Paris


Playing "Le Freak" while doing the dance called 'The Freak' back in the day


Freak Out! Montreux official flyer


Mark Ronson


Alison Moyet (Yazoo)


Cerrone


Dimitri from Paris


Elly Jackson (La Roux)


Felix Da Housecat


Johnny Marr (The Smiths / Electronic)


Martha Wash


Scarlett Etienne


Tavares


Taylor Dayne


Ultra Naté

 


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Ready? Get Set. "Let's Dance!"

June 26, 2012


Me being photographed by legendary Bruce Weber and his team for his next book

Today, I did an amazing photo session and interview with the legendary Bruce Weber. It will be for his next project. We didn't playback any live music during the session because we recorded every word exchanged between us. I've never felt more comfortable in my life with a photographer!

Throughout the entire session, my internal Dj kept playing one continuous happy loop. It was a song I'd originally done with David Bowie back in the 80's. Here's CHIC's version. Are you Ready? Get Set. "Let's Dance."

 


CHIC "Let's Dance" LIVE at LOVEBOX FESTIVAL 2012

 


I've never felt more comfortable in my life with a photographer!


Bruce had found a cape by Pablo Picasso's cape maker


Me (in the cape) and Bruce Weber


We were supposed to go on a walking tour but he became enchanted with my neo-classical style apartment


Throughout the entire session my internal Dj kept playing one continuous happy loop


My shot of Bruce shooting me


We got along so well he talked me into wearing a dreadlock cap!


Years ago I had a VH1 TV show and John Lee Hooker once told me, "Always wear your sun glasses indoors"


Some of Bruce's cameras on my dinning room sofa


"Hey Nile, are you ready? Get set. 'Let's Dance.'"

 


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I Want Your Love & Good Vibes

June 24, 2012


Yesterday I spent the day in Raleigh, North Carolina

Yesterday I spent the day in Raleigh, North Carolina doing a music video for a song I played on called "Naughty." It's by Jean Morisson and everybody involved were talented, genuinely nice, and loving. It was a very special day and after we finished, I kept singing a very special CHIC song to myself, "I Want Your Love."

Maybe it reminded me of it because both songs are in A minor. Whatever the reason, I couldn't get the song of my head. This song is very special to me. It's the only hit song that I've written in a dream. In fact I dreamt it note-for-note and the only thing that I changed was I had the strings play up an octave in the second half of their riff. Here's The Lovebox Festival version of "I Want Your Love."

 


CHIC "I Want Your Love" LIVE at LOVEBOX FESTIVAL 2012

 


I was doing a music video for a song I played on called "Naughty"


Jean Morisson and me doing the "Naughty" video


Everyone involved were talented, genuinely nice, and loving


Yesterday was a day of love, beautiful vibes and people


Yesterday was a day of love, beautiful vibes and people


Yesterday was a day of love, beautiful vibes and people


Yesterday was a day of love, beautiful vibes and people


Yesterday was a day of love, beautiful vibes and people


Yesterday was a day of love, beautiful vibes and people


Terry, my guitar tech, basking in the love and good vibes backstage at Lovebox


Yesterdays session in Raleigh was loving and vibey like the Lovebox Festival

 


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At The Lovebox Festival

June 23, 2012 - Update by: @NileRodgers
"Good Times" was CHIC's last chart topping single. ~ NR
June 22, 2012


A present from my genius front of house soundman John Ryan at Lovebox

After we founded the CHIC Organization, our band's rise and fall was meteorically fast. Our first single "Dance, Dance, Dance," was released during the the summer of '77. Just two short years later we were hit with "Disco Sucks."

The band CHIC never got another hit after the summer of '79, but we sure kept trying. Here's a single that flopped back in the day that we played last Sunday At The Lovebox Festival.

 


CHIC "Good Times" LIVE at LOVEBOX FESTIVAL 2012


CHIC "My Forbidden Lover" LIVE at LOVEBOX FESTIVAL 2012

 


Me jamming and having a good time at The Lovebox Festival


Ralph on drums, Jerry, Kim, and Folami at The Lovebox Festival


On stage with a bevy of beauties at The Lovebox Festival


Legendary DJ Felix da Housecat and me backstage at Lovebox


Folami and me in Chaka Khan's dressing room at The Lovebox Festival


Playing an Eb major in the 8th position at The Lovebox Festival


My point of view at The Lovebox Festival


Ladies & gentlemen, Miss Kimberly Davis at The Lovebox Festival


They came to party at The Lovebox Festival

 


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Cancer Is A Life Stealing Monster

June 21, 2012


I'll never be nonchalant about my health again

Yesterday, I briefly talked about the wonderful things I've done over the last few days - but what's coming up is equally, if not more exciting. I'll get to play with many old friends and some wonderful new ones. Sting, Mark Ronson, Chase & Status, Tiësto, La Roux, Mark Ronson, Martha Wash, M People, Felix da Housecat, David Guetta, Ultra Naté, Alison Moyet, Dimitri from Paris, Johnny Marr, Cerrone, Tavares, Scarlett Etienne, Taylor Dayne, Lenny Kravitz, and a long list of artists that I love.

Don't get me wrong, as great as all that is, my life is still a daily struggle. I'm trying many new approaches to getting my strength back because I love playing and composing. I'll never be nonchalant about my health again. I want to play and perform music for as long as possible and Cancer Is a Life Stealing Monster.

 


Sting


Mark Ronson


Chase & Status


Tiësto


La Roux


Martha Wash


M People


Felix da Housecat


David Guetta


Ultra Naté


Alison Moyet


Dimitri from Paris


Johnny Marr


Cerrone


Tavares


Scarlett Etienne


Taylor Dayne


Lenny Kravitz


I want to play and perform music for as long as possible

 


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My Last Few Killer Days

June 20, 2012 - Update by: @NileRodgers
I did so much that I feel that I need to share some more pictures and music with you. ~ NR
June 19, 2012


Coming home from a great meeting with Broadway theater man Albert Nocciolino - We met about both my shows

This is an exciting period of my life. Though cancer's aftermath makes everyday life difficult, I keep moving forward. Music gives me the strength to pull it together and do my job no matter what. And even if my daily responsibilities are not music oriented, I act as if they are and call upon that musical strength.

In the last two weeks I've performed with some of my favorite artists, received an honorary doctorate from the prestigious Drexel University, and directly afterward flew to London, performed that day, got fitted for a white three piece suit around midnight, and flew back home and to do a movie, and then I'm meeting with the CEO of NAC Entertainment, who's one of the biggest producers on Broadway.

The following pictures will give you a glimpse at My Last Few Killer Days.

 


This is an exciting period in my life - Here I'm preparing to receive an Honorary Doctorate from prestigious Drexel University


I did a film on funk with Nelson George today at my NYC apartment. I've know him since the 1st CHIC album


Music gives me the strength to pull it together and do my job no matter what


In the last two weeks I've performed with some of my favorite artists, like Johnny Marr from the Smiths


Me and Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips at Parklife in Manchester


Directly after my commencement speech, I flew directly to London


CHIC LOVEBOX TENT


Sam Sparrow (co-writer of Adam Lambert's "Shady" that I played on) and me in the tent


Chaka, Grace, and me cracking up big-time in Grace's dressing room


Group shot of Incognito, CHIC, and Chaka Khan - Chaka looks SCARY FINE!


Grace in fierce Head Gear


Then she takes the head gear off


Then we performed...


And performed some more


Then came the "Good Times" bum rush


And chaos, which we love


Followed by more chaos, which we love too!


Which built up to full fledged revolution


After the show I was fitted by Mark Wesley "Earl of Bedlam" for one of my latest white suits


I'm shooting a documentary with Nelson George


Jamming at Parklife!


Grace taking the stage for her 3rd number


Grace performed this enitre song on one leg

 


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