BBC Four has announced the 3-part documentary series “Nile Rodgers: Lost In Music” which promises a fascinating look at the career of the Grammy-award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as he reveals the secrets of his success, what it takes to make it to the very top of the music industry and how to stay relevant decade after decade.
Rodger is the lead guitarist and co-founding member of the band Chic, which has been active since 1976, and was one of the most successful groups of the disco era. Although he recorded three solo albums during the 1980s and 1990s, Rodgers has found more success in collaboration as producer and performer with many artists including Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna, and more recently Pharrell Williams, Sam Smith, Pitbull, Lady Gaga, Laura Mvula, and many more. On April 7, 2017, Rodgers will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and receive an Award for Musical Excellence.
Using his hits as a guide, in “Nile Rodgers: Lost In Music,” the musician will take viewers through the creative process of making a hit record, as well as living with the success and excess that inevitably follows.
With unprecedented access to Nile and his collaborators, the series will hear from many of his friends and colleagues including, Kathy Sledge, Carly Simon and Nick Rhodes, as well as the new generation of musicians Nile has worked with.
Nile Rodgers, who first picked up a guitar as a teenager, has sold more than 300 million records, transcending decades and musical genres. He has written, played and produced some of the most recognizable records of all time, not least with his Disco super-band Chic.
Nile Rodgers says: “When we shot this series I was focused on making it as passionate and informative as a BBC documentary I’d watched on my friend Paul Simon. This series’ attention to detail is comprehensive, we looked back through the decades with real curiosity, picking out moments and actions that seemed frivolous at the time, but had a huge impact on the music we made. I can’t wait to see the series in full, I’m sure it’ll be breath taking, the BBC do great things with music and I know this will be no different.”
Cassian Harrison, Chanel Editor BBC Four, says: “I’m so pleased that we are able to take our audience right in to the heart of Nile Rodgers’ fascinating musical world. The level of access and Nile’s candid attitude make this a fascinating and very exciting series for BBC Four.”
Jan Younghusband, Head of Music TV Commissioning, says: “Nile has been at the forefront of popular music for over 40 years and his astonishing career in music is like no other. This series is a showcase for Nile’s vast knowledge and talent and provides three outstanding episodes of unique and never-before seen-or-heard insights from the Nile Rodgers engine room.”
“Nile Rodgers: Lost in Music” is produced by 1212 Productions for BBC Four. The 3-parter is scheduled to air in April.