In the "embryonic stage"

The legendary guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers has told Clash Music that he has recently hooked up with Elly Jackson of La Roux in hope of a future recording project.

Nile Rodgers, whose past achievements include performing with David Bowie and Ben E. King, let slip to Clash about the pairs meet up in London in a recent interview.

“I was in London giving a speech, and before my plane took off I popped over to the studio. We only looked into each other’s eyes one night and played guitar and listened to music one night, so it’s in what I would call the embryonic stage.”

Although the partnership is still in its early days, Nile Rodgers states that the pair bonded over their love of technical musicianship.

“She picks up the guitar and plays it and I’m like “do you know how funky that is, do you know what you’re playing?” She didn’t understand technically what it was, she couldn’t explain to me that this chord for example is an E flat dominant 7 with a raised five, and she couldn’t say that to me, but she’d play it and say it sounds cool. I got an email from her and she says “after you left we stayed up all night trying to analyse those.” That’s a longwinded way of saying younger musicians right now are starting to venture back into a theoretical music composition place that feels very, very comfortable to me.”

Nile Rodgers also opened up about his and Elly’s feel for the past: “Elly Jackson said to me - and I hope I’m not compromising her words or paraphrasing her poorly - “I feel like I wasn’t born in this era.” When she said that to me I almost said to myself “I love you.” When I was a kid, even though I was 5 or 6 years old, the music that I liked wasn’t the music of the day. I felt like I was this thing that was miscast, that I was this being that had been put on the earth 30 or 40 years too late - so the music I related to was jazz.

La Roux isn’t the only musician that Rodgers has met up with recently, as he has been working closely with Daft Punk on their new album, but has been sworn to secrecy on the matter.

Words by Jamie Carson

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