Nile Rodgers on Daft Punk collaboration: ‘It’s as good as my work with David Bowie and Madonna’

Chic man talks up studio sessions with French duo

Nile Rodgers has spoken about his recording sessions with Daft Punk by claiming their new material sounds as good as his best work with David Bowie or Madonna.

The Chic man has a host of illustrious production credits to his name, and twiddled knobs on classic LPs including Bowie’s 1983 album ‘Let’s Dance’ and Madonna’s 1984 LP ‘Like A Virgin’, as well as working with artists such as Duran Duran, Grace Jones and Diana Ross.

Talking to Mixmag, however, Rogers – who revealed he was working with Daft Punk in February this year – said he ranked the work he had been doing with the French electronic duo as amongst the finest of his career. Speaking about the sessions, he said: “All I can say is those guys are geniuses and to think that after all these years we’ve been trying to get together, they just show up at my apartment in New York City and the vibe between us is so powerful and so strong – it’s unbelievable.”


He then added:

Spiritually and artistically working with them was as good as anything I’ve ever done. It’s as great as being in a studio with Bowie, it’s as great as being with Bernard Edwards, and it’s as great as the best stuff I’ve ever done with [Duran] Duran and Madonna.

In January 2011, Rodgers revealed that he had been fighting an aggressive form of cancer, but announced that he was free of the disease in March of the same year.

Daft Punk released their last album, the soundtrack to the film Tron: Legacy, in 2010. A remix of the album was released in April 2011, but the band’s former manager Busy P condemned the project, stating: “A masterpiece like Tron:Legacy soundtrack deserved the best and I am sad to discover the A&R at Disney is apparently buying most of his electronic music in airports stores.”

Their last studio album ‘Human After All’, meanwhile, was released in 2005. The band are thought to have spent a large chunk of the past four years working on the follow-up which, in addition to Rogers, will also feature The Muppets‘ songwriter Paul Williams and producer Giorgio Moroder.