Nile Rodgers has been introduced because the curator of this summer season’s Meltdown competition, the annual occasion at London’s Southbank Centre which sees a outstanding musician given free rein to ebook a collection of gigs and occasions which mirror their very own pursuits.
The Stylish singer will produce a “hand-picked lineup of show-stopping music, artwork and free occasions” from three to 11 August on the Royal Competition Corridor and different Southbank Centre venues.
“To have the ability to curate and produce 9 days of reside music for town of London, the UK and music fanatics visiting from all around the world is actually a dream come true,” Rodgers mentioned.
“Anybody who is aware of my profession is aware of that funk, disco, jazz, soul, classical, pop, new wave, R&B, fusion, punk rock, afrobeat, digital and dance music all play a task and you’ll anticipate that to be mirrored within the performances we’re planning. It’s all concerning the groove and this August everybody in London shall be dancing to unimaginable reside performances!”
Rodgers’ profession has spanned the final half century of music, with the workaholic musician being concerned in a few of the most recognisable songs of the 1970s and 1980s. Along with writing Stylish’s Good Instances, some of the sampled tracks in historical past, he co-wrote and produced the hits He’s The Biggest Dancer and We Are Household for Sister Sledge, along with producing the albums Let’s Dance for David Bowie and Like A Virgin for Madonna.
He gained a brand new viewers in 2013 when he labored on the monitor Get Fortunate with Daft Punk, which grew to become one of many largest songs on the planet. Since then he has continued to tour, whereas producing the likes of Sam Smith and Disclosure. Final 12 months he launched the primary new Stylish album in virtually three a long time and has continued to tour, taking the time for a quick stint as a visitor decide alongside Simon Cowell on the UK model of the X-Issue.
Bengi Ünsal of the Southbank Centre mentioned she was delighted to announce Rodgers on the curator of this 12 months’s competition, which was based in 1993 and has since been overseen by the likes of David Bowie, Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, and Scott Walker.
“Meltdown is the longest-running artist curated competition on the planet and for 25 years has been celebrating these on the frontiers of music,” Ünsal mentioned.
“It’s arduous to overstate the impression that this 12 months’s curator has had each as a part of Stylish and as a solo producer on what we name fashionable music at the moment. He’s always creating and collaborating, and I can’t wait to see what he’ll create throughout our venues. One factor is for sure: this would be the funkiest Meltdown but.”