Nile Rodgers visits aspiring musicians, artists and producers.
Nile Rodgers Visit to The BRIT School - Thursday 22nd March
The BRIT School were delighted to welcome music royalty Nile Rodgers to the school for a masterclass with 120 music students. Nile shared stories about all of his achievements and experiences as a producer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger and guitarist. He talked about his early classical musical training but how it is crucial to have the technical and theoretical knowledge of music in order to have a successful career. He also advised students the importance of collaborating with other musicians.
Through an open and honest Q&A session with the students, Nile talked about how he got his first job working on Sesame Street to how he wrote Diana Ross’s I’m Coming Out and Chic’s Le Freak hit singles. Through his stories he gave the students invaluable advice stating, “If you get a hit record it always helps with visibility, but always try to be invisible and let the music speak.” He offered, “Just go in (to the studio) and come out knowing what you’ve created could be a hit single.”
Working with others and collaborating has been a huge part of Nile’s career, he told the students, “You can’t achieve things without other people; you meet the person and then you make the record”. Nile reinforced this message by ending his masterclass saying, “When I work with people I’m never going to look down on them because the thing they are into artistically may be the most spiritual place they’ve ever been and I want to be there and I want to see what that feels like. And I really hope that means something.”
We want to thank Nile and his team for his visit and time at the School. It was an amazing experience for our students giving them excellent advice that they can take on board throughout their future careers.