Chic frontman Nile Rodgers has said how Black artists "have to drive in one lane" in order to grow their audience.
Responding to a question on how the music industry had developed for Black artists over the years, Rodgers said: "A lot of artists have become wealthier and more famous quicker, but still black artists are basically…basically you have to drive in one lane and that is something I have always tried to fight.
"But it’s very difficult because if you’re pigeon-holed and you have to respond a certain way to be part of the current zeitgeist – that’s very difficult."
Moving onto working with David Bowie, Nile revealed the 'Let's Dance' singer didn't think about which race his music would appeal to when making it.
"When I worked with artists like David Bowie, he told me he never thinks about that. He said 'I just think about what I’m feeling and what I’m seeing. I never worry about which audience is going to like it', and I remember saying 'Jesus, it must be amazing to be white.”‘
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