Nile Rodgers performs on stage with Madonna at Live Aid, July 1985How did you feel about the passing of David Bowie, who you worked with on the Let’s Dance album? That really broke my heart and blew me away. The great thing about working with him and getting to know him is that he’s a real artist in that you can take away whatever you want to take away. He does his art and craft in such a way that my interpretation is just as valid as yours. It’s interesting that you talk about him in the present tense… When I finish working with an artist I always think of waiting for them to call me to do the next record. Music feels to me like it’s the living representation of the person. What’s been your favourite ever collaboration? I’d have to say Let’s Dance and for a number of reasons. I was thrilled to do the Diana Ross album; it’s the first record I made with a superstar. Then of course there’s Chic, my baby. Duran Duran. Madonna selling an insane amount of records. But those were all records where I was thought of as being in the mix. Only Bowie’s record was made with people saying ‘We hate this guy, he comes from disco and disco sucks’ so it was David and I against the world. We did it in just 17 days start to finish. So if you did that in 17 days, what’s your excuse for not making a new Chic album? Where do I start? My mother is incredibly ill and this past year has been the most taxing time of my life. Even when I was diagnosed with cancer five years ago I had a plan of how I was going to deal with it. I was preparing for death and I started doing a lot of concerts and writing a bunch of songs. Now I’m in remission and I had a whole plan laid out for the new album, but you can’t do that when you have to rely on other people. There are certain artists I want to appear on the record but I can only do it when they’re available.
Nile says Lady Gaga is an "extraordinary" talent.Do you yearn for the old days of sex, drugs and Studio 54? Yeah, of course, man. But I’m still having a great time. When I walk out on stage with Disclosure and the crowd goes nuts it’s amazing because when I was younger and I walked into the DJ booth at Studio 54 there wasn’t the same rousing applause. At that time DJs didn’t have the same status. Who are you a fan of at the moment? There’s so many people for so many different reasons. I absolutely adore The Weeknd. I flip out over Kendrick Lamar. I think Bruno Mars is naturally gifted. And of course, because I’m working with her, I think Lady Gaga is extraordinary. Every time I’m in her presence I say to myself ‘Wow, how does the world not know that you know how to do this?’ She’s incredible. So is this you confirming you’re working on the new Gaga album? Erm, I will never admit nor deny that! Nile Rodgers is curating the FOLD Festival 2016 from June 24th-26th and appearing with Chic alongside Labrinth, Beck, Alison Moyet and many more. Tickets are on sale now. For full details visit foldfestival.com More stories: Xena will be openly gay in upcoming Warrior Princess reboot BBC Two’s controversial new drama 'Versailles' to feature explicit gay sex scenes