Chic’s Nile Rodgers chats to Chris Difford

Joining Chris to talk about the up and downs of his career and life, is legendary producer, guitarist, song-writer, band leader, owner of a white Fender Strat called The Hit Maker” and founder of Chic. In this fascinating episode, Nile covers his remarkably unorthodox childhood which shaped his future endeavours, from school music lessons and films, to a chance encounter with some hippies and how The Doors altered Nile’s perception. This is a frank and fascinating conversation. This episode also features solo artists and songwriter Love Ssega, who received Help Musicians’ support to try out new ideas through a music-led creative collaboration, working with other individuals from the creative sector on a community project in South London.

Nile Rodgers is the final guest to appear on the first series of I Never Thought It Would Happen, with previous guests including KT Tunstall, Robbie Williams, Yung Blud, Alfie Boe and many more!

The series coincides with our 100th year as a charity and explores what makes someone want to pursue music as a career, and the ever-changing landscape in which they operate. 

Help Musicians has been needed more than ever this past year, providing over £17m in support to 21,000 professional musicians during the pandemic, many of whom slipped through the gaps of government support. 

By coming on these podcasts, and speaking honestly about their own challenges, the guests are lifting the curtain on what can be an incredibly difficult career. It comes at a time when live music is beginning to return, and while the charity adapts to support the musicians returning to work. 

Through our Music Minds Matter service we also support those in the industry who, like Robbie, experience mental health challenges. The service has seen a huge surge in demand as the music world continues to live with the impact of the pandemic. 

I Never Thought It Would Happen is available for free on all major platforms, including Spotify, Apple, Amazon and Castbox. Please subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts. 

The series is hosted on Audioboom and produced by Gimme Sugar.