NILE RODGERS: A guitar icon talks funk, band culture, and being a Francophile

Nile Rodgers is one of the first people I interviewed when I started my music journalism career in the late ’70s at Billboard magazine. Throughout the years he’s been one of the more insightful artists I’ve spoken to. Not a surprise because he’s had a long, hit-filled career as a producer/writer while developing one of the most identifiable instrumental sounds in all of pop music. Starting with Chic in the late ’70s and continuing with Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” Nile has remained at the forefront of danceable pop music. These…