Jeff Koons and Pharrell Williams talk about using art to start a dialogue of acceptance, why Koons finds inspiration in everyday objects, and the messy custody battle that lead to the distruction of “Made In Heaven”
ARTST TLK Episode 10: Karim Rashid & Kenny Scharf
Pharrell Williams sits down with Karim Rashid and Kenny Scharf to talk about everything art and design. They both discuss how their childhoods effected their work as artists, as well as their greatest influences as of today. Later, they discuss the role art and design play in their lives.
ARTST TLK Episode 9: Spike Lee
Spike Lee joins Pharrell Williams in New York City to talk about how he got his start in filmmaking shooting the summer of 1977, the influence of exposing children to art at an early age, and the love of his work and his hometown that has fueled The Brooklyn Chronicles.
ARTST TLK Episode 9: Spike Lee (Part 2)
Spike Lee joins Pharrell Williams to talk about teaching at NYU, and the opportunities his grandmother gave him for education. He discusses his Kickstarter campaign and his experiences as Cannes with Steven Soderbergh and Wim Wenders. The two men discuss the influences of their upbringings, and the importance of putting in the work, and Spike shares stories of working with Michael Jordan and Denzel Washington.
ARTST TLK Episode 8 – Peter Diamandis
Peter Diamandis invites Pharrell Williams to his offices at XPRIZE to talk about innovation, creativity, competition, and the future of space. From science fiction to science fact, from Charles Lindbergh to the XPRIZE, and from Charles Branson to Stephen Hawking — they discuss his extraordinary career and where it will take him next.
ARTST TLK E07 – Daniel Lanois
Daniel Lanois invites Pharrell Williams into his Los Angeles home to talk about learning from legends like U2, Bob Dylan, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel and The Neville Brothers and his ongoing experimentation with sound. From recording in castles and barns to collaborating with Billy Bob Thornton, they discuss the storied career that led Rolling Stone to name him the most important producer of 80s.
Daniel Lanois Teaches Pharrell Williams About Sampling (Bonus)
Daniel Lanois and Pharrell Williams talk about teaching the next generation of producers. Lanois talks about using minimal equipment to extract samples, manipulate them and put them back into a track.
ARTST TLK E06 – Usher & Leah LaBelle
Usher and Pharrell Williams sit down to talk about everything from the beginnings of his career to what makes him a magnetic performer and now his continuing roll as mentor to Justin Bieber. Then Pharrell introduces his protégée, Leah LaBelle, and they discuss the intuition that artists and producers must have to make great music.
ARTST TLK E05 – Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins, lead singer of Black Flag, joins Pharrell Williams to talk about everything from personal anger to his musical influences. Rollins tells the story of how he became the lead singer of Black Flag and what has led him to writing and spoken word. He talks about rebelling against close-minded, authoritarian punk crowds and his decision not to use drugs or alcohol. And he explains the rush of holding an crowd’s attention and his respect and love for his audience.
ARTST TLK E05 – Henry Rollins Part 2
Henry Rollins and Pharrell Williams sat down to hash out the major issues of our day from education reform and politics to dealing with personal challenges.
ARTST TLK E04 – Tony Hawk
From his first deck to Birdhouse to Boom Boom Huck Jam to a video game empire Tony Hawk talks to Pharrell Williams about experiencing things that were beyond his imagination as a kid. Tony talks about the evolution of skateboarding and the challenges that he still looks forward to as a skater and a businessman.
ARTST TLK E03 – Alex Gorlin & Daniel Arsham
Pharrell Williams interviews Alex Gorlin, a renowned architect known for bringing warmth to modern design, and Daniel Arsham, an artist who blurs the line between art & architecture, challenging convention by placing shapes in unexpected places. Gorlin and Arsham share their influences inlcuding Marcel Duchamp and Frank Lloyd Wright. Gorlin shares his experience working with two of the greatest architects of the century, Im Pei & Richard Meier. Arsham discusses the multi-dimensional nature of the different mediums in which he works.
ARTST TLK E02 – David Salle & KAWS
Pharrell Williams interviews internationally renowned artists David Salle, known best for helping define postmodern sensibility, and street artist-turned-sculptor and limited edition toy & clothing designer, KAWS.
ARTST TLK E01 – Ben Mezrich & Andy Greenberg
Investigative writers Ben Mezrich ( The Accidental Billionaires & Bringing Down The House) and Andy Greenberg (This Machine Kills Secrets) sit down with Pharrell Williams to discuss their craft. The trio covers a wide range of interesting topics including MIT gambling rings, Mark Zuckerberg, Julian Assange, and Anonymous.