Ariana DeBose, Boy George, and Nile Rodgers collaborated on a catchy disco song called “Electric Energy,” used in Matthew Vaughn’s movie “Argylle.” Nile Rodgers, who produced the song, shared that Vaughn reached out to him for the project. Rodgers insisted on watching the film first to better understand the context before agreeing. He loved the film and was excited to be part of it.
DeBose, who acted in the film during the COVID-19 pandemic, got involved in the song after her Oscar win for “West Side Story.” Vaughn suggested she should do more than just act in the movie, like singing a song, and she was thrilled by the idea.
The song “Electric Energy” appears in two versions in the movie. The solo version by DeBose is different from the mix featuring Boy George, and Rodgers heard at the end. DeBose praised Rodgers for adding more funk to the track, making it a vibrant part of the movie’s storytelling.
Rodgers was inspired by the retro disco feel of the song, which the songwriters, including Gary Barlow, Stuart Price, and Lorne Balfe, created with influence from disco legend Sylvester. Rodgers, who had experience working with Sylvester, was keen to capture and elevate that joyful disco vibe in the song. He also expressed admiration for DeBose’s talent.
The music video for “Electric Energy” is a star-studded affair featuring the movie’s cast, such as DeBose, Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara, John Cena, and Samuel L. Jackson, along with Rodgers and Boy George. DeBose was surprised and pleased to see all these stars in the video.
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DeBose shared her excitement about the music video, especially getting actors like Henry Cavill and Bryan Cranston to participate in the joyful disco theme. She also revealed her personal music preferences, which include Dove Cameron’s “Lethal Woman,” some classic disco tracks like Sylvester’s “Do You Want to Funk,” Cher’s “Chiquitita,” and “Baby Was A Dancer” by Billy Porter. These songs, she says, set the right tone for her day. Source