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Freaks Wanted: Nile Rodgers and Rudimental recruit young people to remix 'Le Freak'
Grammy Award winning music legend Nile Rodgers and chart-topping Rudimental today announce a once in a lifetime collaboration, where the two artists will combine to remix and re-release CHIC’s classic hit record ‘Le Freak’. The track will be co-produced by young people from across the UK and played for the first time at a secret gig later this year.
The world renowned artists have teamed up with GoThinkBig – a work experience initiative launched by O2 and Bauer Media – to offer young people across the country a chance to join their ‘supergroup’. Nile, Rudimental and GoThinkBig will be recruiting up to 100 young people to fill job roles in support of Le Freak’s re-release, nearly 40 years after it first went to number one on the US and UK charts.
From Wednesday 27th August, young people aged between 16 and 24 can apply for a host of different roles through the GoThinkBig website (www.gothinkbig.co.uk), with successful entrants picked by a panel of judges. The project offers applicants a unique opportunity to kick-start their career by landing a once in a lifetime work placement.
A huge range of positions will be made available from production to performance, from sound technicians through to studio managers, camera crew to stylists and box office to marketing.
Launched in 2012 by O2 and Bauer Media, GoThinkBig.co.uk is a website dedicated to helping young people gain valuable skills through work experience and careers advice. More than 250,000 young people use the site to browse work placements and by the end of 2015, the programme will have offered 30,000 experience and skills opportunities to 16-24 year olds.
Each young person appointed to a role will work closely with a professional counterpart during September for the production of the track and music video, and early October for the secret gig.
Nile Rodgers, of CHIC and the Founder of We Are Family Foundation said:
“I know the feeling of rejection from when I started out and for many young people it’s hard to get their first career break. That’s why I’ve joined forces with GoThinkBig to offer up opportunities to remix my most successful track, Le Freak and inspire young people across the UK to dream big.”
Amir Amor, of Rudimental said:
“There are so many talented young people across the UK who all too often don’t get the chance to prove themselves in a real work environment. That’s why we wanted to get involved with GoThinkBig, using this amazing chance to remix one of the all-time great tracks to offer up opportunities for people to get a foot on the career ladder.”
Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa, Head of GoThinkBig said:
“We want to make a difference to young people across the UK and show that with the right opportunity and some drive and determination, they can be successful at whatever they want. Jobs in the creative and media industries are extremely sought after, so working with successful young artists like Rudimental and the legend that is Nile Rodgers, highlights exactly what it is possible to achieve. Music is a huge passion point for many young people, so such a project with these stars is a massive opportunity and one of thousands that we provide on GoThinkBig.”
The campaign follows in the footsteps of GoThinkBig’s partnership with Rizzle Kicks last year, where 75 young people in the UK were recruited to work on the set of the music video for their hit track Lost Generation. It was a huge success, with three of the young people gaining full time jobs from their roles.
For more information on how to apply visit www.gothinkbig.co.uk or follow @GoThinkBig using #GTBfreaks.