Nile Rodgers: how I wrote Le Freak

In summer 2019 the excitement was building, as Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown edged ever closer. Ahead of the legendary singer, songwriter and producer’s curation of the annual festival we met up with the man himself to talk about the line-up he’s bringing together as well as his life in music.

And the 26th Meltdown curator didn’t disappoint, with this great story about how he and his partner Bernard Edwards came to write ‘Le Freak’. Here’s Rodgers explaining how rejection from New York’s famous Studio 54 led to the creation one of the most iconic disco anthems.

Nile Rodgers: how I wrote Le Freak | Meltdown | Southbank Centre


By not getting what we wanted, we got more than we could have ever imagined
Nile Rodgers


Nile Rodgers’ Meltdown took place across Southbank Centre, 3 - 11 August 2019, and featuring a host of exclusive collaborations and global one-offs, including CHIC, Eurythmics' Songbook, Despacio, Anitta, Thundercat, Songhoy Blues, Alfa Mist and more.

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