Though not a direct adaptation, the production on Rules Of The Game is a different beast entirely. is based on Luigi Pirandello’s 1921 absurdist play Six Characters in Search of an Author and combines Arsham’s explosive visuals and design with Pharrell’s music (as played by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra) and dancers choreographed by Bokaer. If it sounds like grueling work to get three distinct creative visions to work cohesively in one production, that’s because it was: “We’ve worked on this a very long time so we’ve had the time to experiment to see what might work and what won’t,” says Arsham.
Arsham notes that Pharrell created an entire demo album worth of music that was then edited down to be converted to an orchestra by composer David Campbell, and that getting his visuals to succinctly match Bokaer’s choreography were only some of the difficulties faced when putting the production together. He added that the team would be working on the project until it premieres (which as of now, it has). He was very happy with how the production was turning out. “Anyone who knows Pharrell’s work and music will identify this as Pharrell but at the same time it’s very different from pop music,” says Arsham.
Arsham first met Pharrell Williams when he went back to Miami after graduating Cooper Union. As he remembers it, he already considered Pharrell to be famous with The Neptunes already being a production team at the tip of the entire music industry’s tongue. But Pharrell wasn’t yet a household name, and a friendship and creative camaraderie started developing between the two. But it wasn’t until Arsham created molds of the Casio MT-50 keyboard that Williams began recording music with that an official collaborative relationship was born.
By Todd Spangler. Pharrell Williams has signed on to help create the inaugural ComplexCon, a two-day festival from media company Complex covering pop culture, music, art, food and more set to debut this fall. Pharrell will work both in front of and behind the scenes as cultural director and host committee chair for the event, under a deal Complex inked with the singer-rapper-producer and his creative venture, i am OTHER. ComplexCon will take place Nov. 5-6, 2016, in Long Beach, Calif., at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.
Mac Ecko, the fashion designer who founded Complex in 2002 and serves as its chief brand officer, said the concept for the event is to couple “the intellectual discovery environment” of South by Southwest with the party atmosphere of a festival like Coachella. “I’m inspired by a myriad of different events I’ve had the fortune of being a part of, whether they’ve focused on art, design, music, food or science,” Pharrell, who is also a judge on NBC’s “The Voice,” said in a statement. “When i am OTHER connected with Marc Ecko and the Complex team, we were instantly aligned — we wanted to combine a little bit of all these elements and create a unique, new initiative.”
Poster By Takashi Murakami
Complex, which caters to a millennial-male audience and claims to have 57 million unique monthly visitors online, was acquired last month by Hearst and Verizon Communications. ComplexCon will feature concert performances, shopping, art exhibits, food and discussion panels (dubbed “Complex Conversations”). “It’s really about bringing our brand to life,” said Ecko. “We really wanted to make something different that wasn’t just another music festival.” The event was deliberately scheduled outside the summer music-fest circuit, while Ecko also hopes the early-November timing will let it take advantage of brand promotions tied to the holiday-shopping season.
Skepta just dropped his collaboration with Pharrell from his new album titled ‘Konnichiwa’, that he recorded earlier this year. The Grime rapper released his fourth studio album on May 6 through Skepta’s own label ‘Boy Better Know’. Skepta said about his Pharrell collaboration that it’s “One of my favourite tracks [on the album] – Pharrell, my don. It’s gonna get bouncy up in here.” And it certainly is. Pharrell gets back with his rapping skills on this banger with characteristically whimsical style both vocally and instrumentally, check out the heater below and make sure to cop it on iTunes.
Skepta – Numbers feat. Pharrell (16′)
Pharrell Williams presented Gwen with the Radio Disney Hero Award, and he couldn’t resist giving Shefani a shoutout while gushing about Gwen’s good works. According to Us Weekly, Pharrell mentioned Blake during his award presentation speech. The “Happy” singer commended Gwen for her kindness and generosity, and he said that he knows Blake is also a big fan of Gwen’s big heart. “I’m proud to be here tonight to present the 2016 RD Hero Award to not only someone I work with, recorded with, who I know, and what my brother, Blake Shelton, knows, truly has a heart of gold,” Pharrell said.
As a coach on The Voice, Pharrell Williams is always on the lookout for the latest hot talent. But, at Monday’s taping of the singing competition, he couldn’t help but gush about music’s biggest headline: Beyonce’s new album, Lemonade. “She’s an artist and she’s expressed herself and I think it’s a beautiful piece of work,” Williams told ET’s Sophie Schillaci. “I think the theme, the overarching theme of forgiveness is just such a beautiful message and we need that in the world right now. We need it.”
The dramatic album, which debuted alongside an accompanying short film on HBO over the weekend, features intense themes of race, feminism, adultery and self-discovery. For Williams, Beyonce’s bravery in exploring such deeply personal topics is what makes the album as a whole so compelling. “I think what she’s done that is rare to mainstream media is [that] she took a singer-songwriter approach to her lyrics,” he explained. “There’s no fluff…
Pharrell Williams will take the stage at the Radio Disney Music Awards on April 30th to present his longtime friend and The Voice co-star with the “Hero” award, ET has exclusively learned. Pharrell will share personal stories and anecdotes about Gwen as she’s recognized for the positive impact she’s had on fans, serving as a role model and inspiring others to do good.
The Radio Disney Music Awards will take place on Saturday, April 30, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, with Ariana Grande, Hailee Steinfeld, Flo Rida and DNCE among the acts slated to perform. The show will air on Disney Channel on Sunday, May 1, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Past recipients of the Hero Award have included Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
“He’s literally like an angel,” Gwen previously told ET, gushing about Pharrell during an interview last summer. “He’ll, like, sit here [pointing to her shoulder] and I’ll be like, ‘Really? You just said that right now?’ It’s so incredible to be around him. I love him.” The feeling is certainly mutual! Pharrell — who worked with Gwen on her 2005 hit “Hollaback Girl,” among many other collaborations over the years — couldn’t help gushing over Gwen while speaking with ET in November. “Gwen is in the most free place that I feel like she’s ever been since I’ve known her as a human being,” he dished. “Not just creatively, but as a human being. She’s floating right now.”
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