Chic’s Nile Rodgers is one hit-making entertainer who doesn’t appear to be planning one of those farewell tours anytime soon. The veteran guitarist and songwriter has been hard at work over the last few years, bringing his tireless showmanship and dance-friendly songs to fans around the globe while many of his contemporaries are phasing out of life on the road. Rodgers was one of the performers at both weekends of Coachella recently, where he shared some details on what (and who) the next Chic album will include, in addition to taking time to reflect on a songwriting partner from the past, Avicii.
Rodgers has continued to assure his fans that the first Chic album since 1992’s Chic-ism should be arriving in the near future. Always one to keep his (musical) friends close, the guitarist regularly shares photos with fellow pop artists to his social media. According to Rodgers, those photos are usually from a collaborative recording a writing session of some kind, which is what fans can expect to hear on the upcoming album.
“Anderson .Paak and I — we had a few days, and he was opening for [Bruno Mars] while he was in the UK,” Rodgers told Pitchfork Radio from the lush Coachella oasis over the weekend. “Bruno was like, ‘Damn, I gotta stop by and hang with y’all.’ So we sat around telling great Prince stories and finally we got down, and Bruno came up with an idea and said, ‘Damn, I wonder why nobody’s done this.’ So we decided to get down and do it.”
Rodgers went to to reveal that the new album would be titled, It’s About Time, and although there’s been no set release date as of Tuesday, the upcoming project will also feature contributions from Craig David, Stefflon Don, Nao, Mura Masa and Blondie’s Debbie Harry, according to Stereogum.
Weekend two of Coachella also came with some heavy hearts for those in the electronic realm, as news of DJ Avicii’s sudden passing swept across the musical landscape on Friday.
“I could talk about Avicii all day long. I loved him,” Rodgers told the L.A. Times about how the two met and would eventually work together on the 2013 track “Lay Me Down.” “Today is the second anniversary of Prince's death. So for me, this week was incredibly … well … yesterday was traumatic … Because Avicii was like my little brother. He was 28 years old. When I first met Avicii he was 23 years old. Really crazy. It just broke my heart. People don't realize how talented he was.”
Fans over the U.K. can catch Rodgers and his latest Chic lineup when the band perform in Woodstock and Lytham this summer. Tickets for select shows on the band’s upcoming U.K. run are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.