Justin Timberlake sat down with Variety to talk about his upcoming projects and his new album with The Neptunes. Photo by Tom Munro. The last time Timberlake released new music, it was the double-album blitz of “The 20/20 Experience,” which saw the singer flood the airwaves with two and a half hours of new music in a single year, sell six million albums, make appearances on just about every televised venue, and embark on a series of tours that stretched for two years.
Timberlake had to prove himself as a credible adult solo artist in the 2000’s. “Justified,” executive produced by Pharrell, started that process in 2002, and 2006’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds” — the first of Timberlake’s three album-length collaborations with producer Timbaland — finished the job. Unlikely collaborators when they first crafted Timberlake’s 2002 No. 3 hit, “Cry Me A River,” the former boy-band star and the hip-hop-bred producer have since become one of the most forward-thinking star-producer duos in pop music. Their work on Timberlake’s second solo album not only brought the star into his own, it also helped recalibrate the sonic frequency of several years’ worth of pop-radio trends.
Forum Member Tim Dougill hosted a special 2 hour show dedicated to The Neptunes ‘Alternative’ music at the local UK 3AM Station without any Hip Hop/R&B/Pop stuff, the show was all about introducing people to The Neptunes work of Rock, Jazz and Electronic music. It was aired at 8pm-10pm at thisisthecat.com CAT 107.9 FM. He Was kind enough to give us not one but plenty of shoutouts including the Grindin’ Forum and how different musicians all hang out on Grindin to discuss the newest work of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.
Also A journey like this would not be possible without the support and generosity of many people, friends & family and amazing people we have met on the road. Me and the whole crew from TheNeptunes.org thank Tim Dougill for all the love he’s been giving us last night, thank you buddy! You can now listen to the whole 2 Hour show below from Mixcloud including the Tracklist.
Tim Dougill’s 3am Radio Show With The Neptunes Special
01 – N¤E¤R¤D – My Drive Thru feat. Santogold & Julian Casablancas (08′)
02 – Uffie – A.D.D. S.U.V. feat. Pharrell (Mirwais) (10′)
03 – Little Dragon – Killing Me (Chad Hugo Remix) (14′)
04 – Garbage – Androgyny (The Neptunes Remix) (01′)
05 – The Hives – We Rule The World (T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S.) (07′)
06 – Mayer Hawthorne – Reach Out Richard (Pharrell Williams) (13′)
07 – Scott Weiland – Happy (08′)
08 – No Doubt – Hella Good (01′)
09 – Kenna – Sunday After You (Chad Hugo) (03′)
10 – Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes Remix) (01′)
11 – Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon (MSSL CMMND Remix) (14′)
12 – No Planes In Space – Potholes D Createur Uniden (11′)
13 – Sierra Swan – Sex Is Keeping Us Together (Chad Hugo) (08′)
14 – Yuna – Live Your Life (Pharrell Williams) (12′)
15 – Sade – By Your Side (The Neptunes Remix) (00′)
16 – N¤E¤R¤D – I’ve Seen The Light (10′)
17 – N¤E¤R¤D – Inside Of Clouds (10′)
18 – RDGLDGRN – Doing The Most (Pharrell Williams) (13′)
19 – Kings Of Leon – My Party (The Neptunes Remix) (07′)
20 – The Internet – Dontcha (Chad Hugo) (13′)
21 – The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil (The Neptunes Remix) (03′)
22 – Air – Don’t Be Light feat. Pharrell (The Neptunes Remix) (02′)
23 – N¤E¤R¤D – Provider (02′)
24 – N¤E¤R¤D – The Improvised Jam (05′)
Hailing from Montreal, Kaytranada and his “99.9%” album are currently taking the music industry by storm. With features from Craig David, Anderson.Paak, Vic Mensa, Goldlink and many more the sound is genre bending and will have you on the edge of your seat with the turn of every track. Joining Sway In The Morning he speaks on his childhood in Canada and how he came across Fruity Loops and began to make music. Taking inspiration from everything from The Neptunes to Michael Jackson to 90’s pop, he began crafting a sound all his own.
Getting noticed on Soundcloud through his various beats and remix’s he caught the attention of Janet Jackson and Madonna. Given the VIP treatment by Madonna while opening up for her he speaks on how touring opened up the door for depression after going through the same routine day in and day out. Revealing his sexual orientation to The Fader he opens up about how coming out of the closet helped ease his depression.
At the end they played a little game called ‘Battle Of The Best’ where he had to pick two 2 random producers blindfolded from a bag and had to say which one is better. The last producers he picked were Pharrell VS. Quincy Jones, whereas Kaytranada said “I can’t say Pharrell, you know it’s The Neptunes from me they both killed it and I ma go with The Neptunes on this one over Quincy Jones”. That’s a real Neptunes Fan right there, you gotta give Kaytranada credits for saying it’s The Neptunes and not Pharrell and he goes ahead and chooses Chad & Pharrell over Quincy Jones, heck out the interview below at 26:05.
Posted April 5th.
“MY NAME IS GALAXY GEAR AND I NEED ASSISTANCE”. This was the most epic episode ever. Galaxy Gear aka Chad Hugo sat down with Pharrell, Scott Vener, Tyler, The Creator and Justin Timberlake to talk about how they created ‘Justified’ 14 years ago, the production history of Classics Neptunes tracks, and naturally the impact and legacy of A Tribe Called Quest’s own Phife Dawg who recently passed from complications with diabetes.
It started with Chad plugging his Galaxy Gear layering an Intro while the guys talked about some funny News Bloopers 1, 2 & 3. Tyler is the spokesperson for us Neptunes Fans and last week Tyler was kindy enough to ask us on the forum what questions we would like to hear on the show and the only reason he’s on the show besides being where he is in life, he’s asking all the questions Neptunes Fans have all wanted to ask, and he asked particulary about their favourite tracks on Justified and in which Pharrell started singing the lyrics to ‘Nothin Else’.
Pharrell also revealed what has happened to the other Justin Timberlake x Neptunes collaborations that didn’t make the final cut like ‘Second Chance’ and ‘What’s A Guy Gotta Do’(See Below) that has been created while they were working on the NSYNC record ‘Girlfriend’. JT said that ‘Second Chance’ didn’t make the final cut because it didn’t fit the concept of the album.
Pharrell talked later on about ‘Frontin’ where he revealed that it was made specifically for Prince but he declined the tune. Pharrell joked that the verses on the track track were only like 2 chords and the bridge was like 16 chords in itself and he basically admitted that Chad added all of the instrumentation outside of drums and some basslines, notably the entire bridge of ‘Frontin‘.
Justin also talked about the moment he knew that stepping away from ’NSync was the right move. “The funny thing is like, literally the first day of recording, I remember walking in and we were like, ‘What are we gonna do?’” Timberlake said. He then mimicked Chad, playing a riff on the guitar of ‘Like I Love You’ “And I was like, just that whole rhythm]… I was like, ‘This just sounds like nothing I’ve heard!’ It reminds me of the feeling I get from certain things that I love. That moment was so much of a confirmation for me.” Since striking out on his own, the musician has won numerous Grammy awards, four Emmys and much more.
Pharrell said that he “accidentally” got into making hooks, songs like “Shake Ya Ass” were to be rough ideas, and they actually wanted The Temptations on that hook and that Pharrell only did drums and basslines while learning other instruments later on. In between these knowledge darts is a perfect mix of Neptunes hits and deep cuts by Scott Vener aka Broke Mogul below, straight nostalgia. Tyler somehow revealed at the end that there is a big project coming up, nonetheless, which is probably Pharrell’s third studio album, nonetheless it’s great to hear that JT and The Neptunes are back in the studio, Don’t miss this episode on iTunes now and check out the Tracklist of the Episode below.
— i am OTHER (@i_am_OTHER) April 3, 2016
Scott Vener’s Neptunes Mix (2016)
OTHERtone Episode 18 With The Neptunes, Scott Vener, Justin Timberlake & Tyler, The Creator (2016)
01 – ID – ID
02 – PM Dawn – I’d Die Without You
03 – Big Pun – Beware
04 – Spark Master Tape – Tenkkeys
05 – Fat Joe – This Shit Is Real
06 – Snoop Dogg – Beautiful
07 – Justin Timberlake – rock your body
08 – Pharre Williams – Frontin’
09 – Usher – U Don’t Have To Call
10 – Justin Timberlake – Señorita
11 – Mystikal – Shake Ya Ass
12 – P. Diddy – Diddy
13 – Noreaga – Superthug (What What)
14 – N*E*R*D – Rockstar (Poser)
15 – Jadakiss – Knock Yourself Out
16 – Clipse – Hot Damn
17 – Slim Thug – I Ain’t Heard Of That
18 – Clipse – Mr. Me Too
19 – Jay-Z- Excuse Me Miss
20 – LL Cool J – Luv U Better
21 – Noreaga – Nothin’
22 – Mystikal – Danger (Been So Long)
23 – Justin Timberlake – Like I Love You
24 – Justin Timberlake – Last Night
25 – Justin Timberlake – Take It From Here
26 – Miguel – Waves (Tame Impala Remix)
27 – Fascinator – Time To Go
28 – N*E*R*D – Victory
29 – N*E*R*D – Bobby James
30 – Jay-Z – Allure
31 – Clipse – Mr. Me Too
32 – Snoop Dogg – Drop It Like It’s Hot
33 – Birdman – What Happened To That Boy
34 – Mystikal – Bouncin’ Back (Bouncin’ Me Against The Wall) feat. Pharrell
35 – Clipse – Grindin’ (Selector Remix)
36 – Ludacris – Southern Hospitality
37 – Snoop Dogg – It Blows My Mind
38 – Jay-Z – I Just Wanna Love U
39 – A Tribe Called Quest – Check The Rhime
40 – A Tribe Called Quest – 1nce again
41 – A Tribe Called Quest – Oh My God
42 – A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour
43 – Kamaiyah – For My Dawg
44 – Kamaiyah – Mo Money Mo Problems
45 – Chase & Status – NRG
Hip Hop Producers The Buchanans sat down with DECODED, JAY Z’s Life+Times to learn how they secured their first beat placement, which became “What More Can I Say” off of Jay-Z’s critically acclaimed “The Black Album” and they talk about a sick Neptunes leftover from the studio session, check it out below, thanks to sandow.
A good friend of mine, Stephen Penny managed to get an Interview with the SpyMob/N*E*R*D/Neptunes guitarist Brent Paschke, where they discussed Brent’s career, how In Search Of… changed his life, his experiences and plans, as well as everything Pharrell, The Neptunes and N*E*R*D, check out the video below, and underneath there is a brief timeline breakdown should you want to skip to a specific topic.
00:01 – Intro
04:30 – First getting in to music
05:45 – Spymob
06:50 – In Search Of…
08:20 – The Neptunes and getting introduced to Pharrell and Chad
10:20 – The differences between working on N*E*R*D, The Neptunes and Pharrell productions
12:50 – Pharrell’s process
18:40 – Adapting to new styles and improving your craft
20:45 – A busy few years – staying motivated and the touring process
25:00 – Essential equipment and tools of the trade
27:30 – Favourite and least favourite part of the recording process and being in the studio
29:30 – Future music you’re listening to and working with
32:00 – In Search Of… (again), the genius of Pharrell, and the N*E*R*D days
37:00 – Chad needs a hat
38:00 – Questions from theneptunes.org and OG Bape Talk Facebook groups
38:30 – Favourite tour moment s and memories
40:20 – Happy becoming big
47:00 – A Spymob reunion?
48:55 – Current/future work – Pharrell, music education and more shows/festivals
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