Chase & Status say they’ve written ‘incredible tracks’ with Chic’s Nile Rodgers

'He's a music genius,' say pair

Chase and Status have claimed they have written some “incredible tracks” with producer Nile Rodgers.

Last week, the Chic man revealed that, after his much-adored collaboration with Daft Punk earlier this year, he had also been in the studio with Chase and Status working on new material. Now, in an interview with Gigwise, the drum and bass pair have spoken about their relationship with the producer.

Will Kennard said: “It’s hard to put into words how amazing Nile Rodgers is and the success he’s had. I think we first met him last year in Ibiza, he was playing after us. He came up to us, said he was a massive fan and ‘I’d love to get in the studio with you’. I thought he was probably just being polite and whatever, a year later his management is trying to sort it out and immediately we jumped on it.”


Speaking in-depth about the work they’d done together, meanwhile, he continued: “We spent a couple of days just jamming out with the legend that is. He’s a music genius but more than that the vibe, the positivity the energy.”

“Maybe at 4am in the morning we’d be flagging, saying, ‘Lets call it a day’ and Nile would say to keep going,” he added. “That’s what we loved about him and that’s why he’s so amazing. We’ve written some incredible tracks and we’re excited that one of those could be on our album.”

His bandmate Saul Milton, meanwhile, said that some of the songs they had been working on were reminiscent of Rodgers’ work with Chic. “You could instantly start making another Chic record in minutes in a room,” he said. “We have a few tracks on the hard drive that are in that vein.”

Chase and Status are set to release their new studio album ‘Brand New Machine’ on October 7. Their third LP, it follows their 2008 debut ‘More Than Alot’ and the 2011 follow-up ‘No More Idols’, and will be preceded by the single ‘Count On Me’ ft Moko on September 29 – click below to hear the song.

Last month, meanwhile, Rodgers revealed that he had been given the all-clear from prostate cancer. The Chic man was diagnosed with the disease in 2010, and recently claimed that the success of ‘Get Lucky’ helped him overcome the illness.