Nile Rodgers and Merk Mercuriadis

Nile Rodgers and Merck Mercuriadis at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA

The Grammy Museum hosted a very special evening with CEO/Founder of Hipgnosis Songs Fund LTD. Merck Mercuriadis and legendary guitarist/writer/producer and co-founder of Funk/R&B group Chic, Nile Rodgers. Grammy Museum Creative Director Scott Goldman conducted the interview. Just before the Q&A, a slideshow narrated by Rodgers played highlighting a number of iconic artists he has worked with including David Bowie, Madonna and Diana Ross. Between Mercuriadis and Rodgers there are more credits than one can comprehend. Prior to founding Hipgnosis, Mercuriadis was the director and CEO of Sanctuary Group where he had managed some of the biggest names in music from Beyonce to Guns N’ Roses to Elton John. Along with co-founding Chic member Bernard Edwards, Rodgers wrote and produced smash hits like Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family,” Diana Ross’s “I’m Coming Out,” and with Chic had a number of hits including “Le Freak,” “Everybody Dance” and “I Want Your Love.”

Rodgers pointed out a very special guest in the audience which was former Atlantic Records President Jerry Greenberg, who was responsible for signing Chic to Atlantic Records. The group's 1978 single, “Le Freak” was one of Atlantic Record’s biggest selling singles. Rodgers and Mercuriadis told stories spanning their illustrious careers up to present with working together at Abbey Road Studios. One of the most shocking things to hear was how Rodgers never won a Grammy until recording with Daft Punk on Random Access Memories and now has three. Rodgers was also inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. The funniest story Rodgers told was how he had called Edwards for the first time listing bands that Edwards had never heard of and his response was “Brother, You Better Lose My Number.” This really was a once in a lifetime event seeing these two music icons together discuss their incredible careers.