For some reason I have been very attracted lately to classical guitar. I think it simply sounds beautiful. The other day while doing some work at home, I put my iTunes on shuffle and suddenly a beautiful acoustic guitar started playing through the speakers with a very aggressive yet lovely melody and pattern. At first […]
Aggregators, connectors , samplers, grooves, licks and threads! What does it all mean. Well, here at last its the post we`ve all been waiting for. It`s the behemoth of influential guitar-production genius that is Nile Rodgers!
I`ve previously mentioned the sheer genius of the Sesame Street Band! Well NIle started off there when he was a teenager, moving to the house band at the Apollo theatre – he was always destined for great things. IN the mid 70`s being black meant Nile struggled to get a deal playing rock but in 1977 he put together the band Chic. The songs “Everybody Dance,” “Le Freak,” and “Good Times” are some of the most sampled records EVER and have formed the scratching backbone of a limitless number of electro, breakdance and hip-hop records. If you`re hearing a DJ scratching and the hook sounds familiar it`s most likely something from Nile`s band Chic.
Yeah! The original Hip Hop opus “Rapper’s Delight” by Grand Master Flash and “Another One Bites the Dust” by rock megalith Queen are built on samples lifted from Nile`s Good Times. To say that Rodger’s guitar prowess & playing was understatedly, groovy, tight, and precise would be down playing it somewhat and to say that his production skills were`nt astronomical would be madness.