Super Producer Pharell Williams graces the cover of February’s GQ magazine. In the article Pharrell and journalist David Friedman spend about 13 hours together talking about everything from music to fashion. Here is a quick look at the article.
“You want to be camouflage?” he says about the T.I. record. “Go ahead. Blend in. But we want to be that twinkle in the sky.” It’s a metaphor he likes, and it could serve as a philosophy: Being mass and being special are not mutually exclusive. “We want to be that twinkle in the sky. And you might not be able to see that star now. But it’s daytime. Wait till it gets dark.”
In time they move on to another artist. “With Kelly,” he says, speaking possibly about Kelly Clarkson, “I think we break her out by going to the sync department at Sony. Go put her music on Sons of Anarchy, go put her music on House of Cards. Her songs are so sync-friendly, it’s not even funny. This album is flawless. Let’s get it.”
“I don’t know that I can do anything, bro,” he says. “It doesn’t look good. I don’t know what I can do. It’s in another place. It’s not even me. There are some serious, serious issues. Music is therapy, but there are deeper issues. I’m really worried. Really worried, man.
“Well,” he says, turning back to look at me, “I have a writer in the car. That’s why I’m kind of talking around it.”
This issue of GQ will be on shelves soon.