Nile Rodgers Joins Abbey Road Studios as Chief Creative Advisor – Billboard

Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most famous recording centre, has appointed Nile Rodgers to the newly created position of Chief Creative Advisor.

Assuming this role with immediate effect, Rodgers will be responsible for developing new talent, as well as acting as the studio’s global ambassador and assisting with its ongoing developments in audio and recording technology.

The 65-year-old disco legend, who is currently recording a new Chic album at Abbey Road, will also use the former home of the Beatles as his main creative base in the UK.

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“Since I first heard ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ by The Beatles, I’ve dreamed of Abbey Road,” Rodgers said in a statement announcing the nomination, which comes the same week as “The Freak de Chic has been added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.

Over the past two years, the successful songwriter and producer has also been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and received the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Embassy. At New York.

Looking back on a career that contained “some of the highest heights an artist, writer, and producer can experience,” he went on to say that becoming the studio’s “first and only ‘chief creative adviser’ is something which I consider a great responsibility”. and thanked the Abbey Road team, as well as Sir Paul McCartney for sending his congratulations.

“With an unrivaled career and reputation, no other artist or producer has the heritage, influence and relevance to be given this role at Abbey Road Studios,” said the establishment’s head of marketing, Mark Robertson. He called the dating partnership “two of the icons of modern music history” and said, “the whole house dances with joy when he’s in residence.”

Rodgers worked on Chic’s first new album in 25 years, aptly titled It was time. In recent months he has been joined by a host of star names at Abbey Road, including Nao, Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, Disclosure and British soul singers Jorja Smith and Ray BLK, although he has not been confirmed if these sessions were for a Chic album or other recording projects.

“We are extremely delighted to formalize our relationship with Nile Rodgers in this new role, as he shares the history and brilliance of Abbey Road with artists around the world,” said Isabel Garvey, Chief Executive of Abbey. RoadStudios.

She cited recent upgrades to the facility, including the opening of two new studios, the Gatehouse and the Front Room, which cater to small and medium-sized acts, as ways in which Abbey Road has become more accessible since its acquisition by Universal. Music in 2012.

The London studio has also made significant investments in training and technology, launching Abbey Road Red – Europe’s only dedicated music technology incubator program – in 2015, along with its own training programme, Abbey Road Institute. Adding Rodger’s “experience and creative vision” to the mix would help Abbey Road take its “audio technology innovation even further”, Garvey said.

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