The music producer’s latest venture is designing tennis kit for the US Open – but, he tells Sophie Heawood, this is just the start. So there I am, gorging on yellowtail sashimi at Nobu in Malibu, waiting for Pharrell Williams to turn up for this interview, when his assistant arrives to tell me the good news — he’s outside! The bad news, though, is that he can’t come in, so she is going to drive me to her house (which turns out to be his house, a rented weekend retreat) where we will talk instead. Paparazzi? Sulking? Nerves? No. Apparently, Williams can’t leave his black SUV to enter the restaurant because he hasn’t eaten all day and the man is ravenous.
Leaving a restaurant because you’re hungry — it all makes perfect sense in Celebrityville. Not that I’m complaining. The house turns out to be a minimalist haven, with a wall of glass 80ft wide overlooking the Pacific Ocean and nothing else. On arrival I am asked to remove my shoes, so I plop my sandals into an outdoor basket beside a pair of multicoloured Adidas sneakers that say Pharrell Williams on the back. He is here! Barefoot, wearing a printed lilac T-shirt, baggy jeans and casual gold jewellery, the superstar musician and producer comes to greet me, noticeably polite. In fact, apart from the solid minute he spends deep in prayer to bless the big plate of Southern soul food brought by the chef (his head is down and his lips are moving), Williams doesn’t break eye contact for our entire conversation.
The new collection finds Pharrell stepping into the realm of tennis by creating a range of apparel, footwear, and accessories inspired by the sport’s golden era and drawing inspiration from the iconic players from the ‘70s. Check out the unique new collection in the images below. The Adidas Tennis Collection by Pharrell Williams will release on August 31, 2017.
The Pharrell Williams’ executive-produced “True & The Rainbow Kingdom” debuted exclusively on Netflix on Friday, August 11. “True & The Rainbow Kingdom: is a fun-filled CGI preschool series inspired by Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III’s FriendsWithYou, a fine art collective that fuses minimalism with the aesthetic of pop art, promoting “magic, luck and friendship.”
Showcased around the world, the artists work in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, large-scale experiential installations, live performances, animation, and more recently, virtual reality. Williams signed on as executive producer once he watched the first episodes of the series as it embodies two passion areas for him. Williams has a long-standing relationship with fine art and the toy world.
Pharrell With Kelly Rowland
Whenever there’s a problem in the wondrous world of the Rainbow Kingdom, there’s one person everyone can count on to save the day… True! True & The Rainbow Kingdom follows an intelligent and fearless heroine, 8-year-old True, and her hilarious best friend Bartleby The Cat, as they solve problems in Rainbow City and come to the rescue of its whimsical citizens.
True is the only one that can unleash the power of the Magical Wishes from the Wishing Tree in order to restore peace and love in the Kingdom. True and Bartleby’s 22 minute adventures are packed with comedy that will delight and empower girls and boys around the world! This fun-filled CGI preschool series is produced by Guru Studio, in collaboration with Pharrell Williams’ i am OTHER, world-renowned artist collective, FriendsWithYou, and Home Plate Entertainment.
True & The Rainbow Kingdom (Trailer) (2017)
How many times have you been watching a Studio Session of The Neptunes working in the studio and felt a chill run up your spine? Or goosebumps tickle your arms and shoulders? The experience is called Frisson (pronounced free-sawn), a French term meaning “aesthetic chills,” and it feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin. Some researchers have even dubbed it a “skin orgasm.”
Listening to emotionally moving music is the most common trigger of Frisson, but some feel it while looking at beautiful artwork, watching a particularly moving scene in a movie, or having physical contact with another person. Studies have shown that roughly two-thirds of the population feels frisson, and I remember watching that Studio Session of Pharrell with OverDoz. where they were working on ‘Last Kiss’ in 2015, and in the video you can clearly see how Pharrell really loves his job.
Those adlibs Pharrell is doing is exactly one of the reasons I fell in love with The Neptunes, that feeling is straight ‘Frisson’, there is no one like Pharrell. After getting the Original Instrumental to the song I already had the idea to put Pharrell’s Adlibs on top of it but never had the time, but It just felt right today and I’ve finally done it. This is one of my Favourite Pharrell beats ever, check it out below and let me know what you think !
Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Lumineers, The Killers, and The Chainsmokers are set to headline the Sept. 23 Global Citizen Festival, the annual concert in Central Park that blends music and social activism. The event, now in its sixth New York iteration, will also feature performances by Big Sean, Andra Day, and Alessia Cara, organizers announced Tuesday.
“We try to bring in artists from multiple genres. We don’t want to just hit the rock demographic or just hit the pop demographic or just hit the R&B demographic or just hit the EDM demographic,” Evans told Variety. “Whatever music you’re into, you can come to the Global Citizen Festival and be part of it, because ultimately our hope is that the message transcends the music, that we’re the generation that sees the end of poverty in our lifetime.”
Pharrell is a massive Oasis fan and approached Noel for a collab. Their unlikely link-up would be a world away from the “no-nonsense rock ’n roll” his estranged sibling bangs on about. Noel explained: “Pharrell Williams is a dude, he’s a big fan of mine. “He asked me to work with him recently. He told me that N*E*R*D were massive fans of Oasis. “He was No1 in 105 countries when he asked so does he really need to work with the guy from Oasis?” However, it wasn’t the Oasis songs that really excited fashionista Pharrell.
Noel went on: “He goes: ‘You know what was as important as the songs?’ “And I’m thinking: ‘Nothing was as important as the songs.’ And he goes: ‘The f***ing sweaters man. Your sweaters were cool. Where did you buy the sweaters?’ And I’m thinking: ‘The sweaters?! Better than Live Forever?’ Maybe that’s where I’m going wrong.”
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