“Sometimes you meet a person and you have an idea of who they are but then you meet them and they go beyond it,” Rodgers told me. As a person, as an artist, as a human being, he went way beyond any preconceived notion I had of him, which was already pretty cool!
He had done a record that really paid homage to me, with Justin Timberlake.
“It felt like a perfect match for creating this one-time band with Nile and the robots.
It was exciting on a musical level and a symbolic level.
Most of all, his talent as singer and a performer made him the perfect candidate for us.” Nile Rodgers, the legendary Chic guitarist and producer of hits for the likes of David Bowie, Madonna and Mick Jagger is arguably the man whose career Pharrell has most modeled his own on.
He was similarly full of praise for his new collaborator.
I was in California attending Coachella in the company of Daft Punk, who were at the festival to premiere the video for their omnipresent global hit ‘Get Lucky’ on the big screens.
In typical Daft Punk fashion the stunt was completely unannounced, so when the video first burst into life showing Pharrell fronting a fantasy band with Nile Rodgers on guitar and the robots on bass and drums, half the festival sprinted across the field thinking they were about to catch an impromptu live set.
There are such incredible degrees of music, frequency-wise, that I believe science will prove that we’ll be able to use exact musical notes to cure certain things.” It isn’t hard to see how Pharrell’s unreserved faith in the power of music has made him the man he is in 2014.
He’s on a run of singles which make him the envy of every other songwriter and producer on the planet – and he’s done it a full decade after he last dominated pop music.
Pharrell Williams believes he’s tuned into how we’ll be curing diseases in the future.