Musician Nile Rodgers has said that the most valuable lesson he learned in his career was “don’t be a musical snob”.
He Chic co-founder, 69, was chatting with musician and pop star Rina Sawayama, 31, on Vogue UK and YouTube’s Vogue Visionaries series, which previously featured the likes of such names. model Jourdan Dunn.
Asked by Anglo-Japanese pop star Sawayama, whose hits include the Charli XCX Beg For You collaboration, about valuable career lessons, Rodgers said: “To not be a snob in music. Any song, and I mean any song, in the top 40, is a great piece of writing because it speaks to the souls of millions of strangers.
“As an artist, that was the biggest lesson I received. I want to speak to the souls of millions of strangers. Now I want to speak to the souls of a billion strangers.”
Sawayama’s debut studio album Sawaya was a huge hit with its release in 2020, with Sir Elton John describing it as his favorite album of the year.
She spoke of her “unusual pop journey”, telling Rodgers: “I didn’t have the grades to get into music school, you know the music scores, so I studied really hard, got into Cambridge University, study politics there.
“But after coming to Cambridge, I knew that music was something I needed to do.
“I don’t know how to produce, but I used YouTube so I learned the basics through it. It’s been a very unusual pop music journey for me. “
Sawwayama’s second studio album, Hold The Girl, will be released this September, featuring the title track and the singles This Hell and Catch Me In The Air recently released.
Reflecting on the advice she would give new musicians, the singer said: “I really feel that things start to work out for me when I really stop looking at what people are saying. other is doing.
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“I would say, what makes you you? Really keep it tight and technical and don’t get cocky. “
The second series of Vogue Visionaries launches in May featuring beauty entrepreneur and YouTube creator Nikkie de Jager, known online as NikkieTutorials, and also features a makeup artist Val Garland.
Videos of Nile Rodgers and Rina Sawayama On Becoming a Music Icon are available on the British Vogue YouTube channel.
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