HBO’s new music-business period drama, Vinyl, shimmies into the New York disco scene this Sunday night. To help set the scene, the show began searching for the perfect era-evocking tune. Luckily DJ Cassidy, who had recorded “Kill The Lights” a year prior with powerhouse vocalist Alex Newell (of Glee fame), and legend of the era and genre, Nile Rodgers, had the perfect cut.
“Creating a club anthem inspired by the early 1970s era in which Vinyl takes place hit my soft spot,” Cassidy said via an email. “The dance music that came out of New York City during that time exuded a spirit, emotion, and energy like no other. My partner Greg Cohen, Alex Newell, and Nile Rogers all sought to capture that special feeling.”
Rodgers, who plays guitar on the track, beams about the finished product. “[It’s] a disco love-fest,” he says, also through email. Newell adds, “Cassidy and I began working on this song more than a year ago…and I can’t even mention what an honor it was to work with Nile again…the man is a legend! Just being in his presence is always inspiring.”
“Kill The Lights” is streaming below. From Volume 1.9 of the Vinyl soundtrack, the track is currently available for purchase.