Aspiring performer from Wanstead’s ‘exciting’ work placement with music stars

Chris Wilson, 22, from Wanstead (centre) with other young people and Chic star Nile Rodgers (right).

Chris Wilson, 22, from Wanstead (centre) with other young people and Chic star Nile Rodgers (right). [Picture: GoThinkBig] - Credit: Archant

An aspiring musician has been busy remixing a classic track with music stars after winning a special work experience placement.

Chris Wilson, 22, was awarded the opportunity to work with Chic star Nile Rodgers and band Rudimental on a new version of Le Freak through the GoThinkBig initiative.

He is one of 100 young people who have been enlisted to contribute their talents in areas such as performance, video and promotion.

Chris, from Wanstead, said: “I just happened to stumble upon it online and saw there were some fantastic people involved.

“Nile Rodgers and Rudimental are people I look up to and admire for different reasons.

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“It has been very exciting.”

The project is already in full swing. Chris, the pianist, has completed three days of work with the music stars and other young people.

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After discussing the project and meeting Rodgers, the team set to work in the studio.

Chris said: “The band started jamming to the beat and Nile came in and did the chord progression.

“I started playing around and probably the best experience for me was when Piers from Rudimental tapped me and said ‘keep doing that’. I carried on and then the band joined in and we recorded it. It was fantastic.”

The young people are now gearing up for a performance in London on Thursday, with the track set to be released the next day.

For Chris, the scheme has been a valuable experience which will hopefully lead to a career in the industry.

“This is definitely something to build on. I write my own music and hope to get more of it out there. I would like to have a career in music in whatever form it may take, whether it is performing, producing or songwriting.”

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