My album G I R L is my ode to women: Pharrell Williams
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My album G I R L is my ode to women: Pharrell Williams

In an exclusive interview, the Happy hitmaker talks about his love for women in general and his wife in particular, his stand-out fashion statements and how he makes his music.

music Updated: Mar 20, 2014 19:22 IST
Shruti Dargan
Shruti Dargan
Hindustan Times
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The guy makes some really cool music, is fearless when it comes to fashion and can’t imagine his life without girls! No, we’re not saying that Pharrell Williams is a casanova, the American singer-songwriter’s immense love for women comes from the fact that they’re a strong force and inspiration for him.

In an interview, the Happy hitmaker says that’s the reason he named his latest album, G I R L. “It’s my ode to women because they have been so good to me. I’m totally imperfect but they’ve never left my side. So, my album is about my appreciation for women,” says Williams, who is thrilled to see the album’s massive success.

“I find myself trying to be cool about it, but I’m really like… whoa! I’ve never been on the forefront of such a huge thing — done by the people, by the way... Debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 feels ecstatic!” he says. Here are more excerpts from the interview:

Your first album, In My Mind, released in 2006. Why did you come up with your second solo album after such a long gap?
Musically, I just felt like live music was taking a bashing at one point of time. Everything just felt so quantized and synthetic. It was just missing the element of a human touch. When you listen to music of the old, you hear the musicianship and the musicality. You would hear the humanity in it, and that made it interesting. I was like, man, I just want to sort of fuse some of those things together. It was really ironic.

Music videos (for instance, Blurred Lines) portray a wild lifestyle. Are you a party animal in real life too?
I prefer staying at home and spending time with my family when I’m not working. When it comes to music videos, it’s completely different.

You don’t shy away from experimenting when it comes to your fashion choices. Be it the iconic Vivienne Westwood Buffalo hat you rocked at Grammys or the Lanvin short tux that you wore to the Oscars. What does style mean to you? How do you go about deciding outfits for your public appearances?
My attire is just is an expression of myself. I can’t understand people who live in a box. It’s so weird to me. It’s just pure instinct. Some people like it and some people are like, ‘What is that?’ But at the end of the day, I sleep well; I rest good knowing that it’s just me expressing myself and the emotions attached at that moment.

At 40, you’re still in great shape and can give even 20-year-olds a run for their money when it comes to fitness. Any tips that you’d like to share with our readers?
All I’d say is sleep well, rest good, eat healthy and exercise. Keep it simple!

We’re sure you enjoy the crazy female fan following that you’ve got. But does it ever bother your wife (model and fashion designer Helen Lasichanh)?
Helen’s my best friend and she understands me. We (my wife and I) appreciate our privacy, but at the end of the day we’re normal people. When I’m not working we’re homebodies. We spend more time jumping on the bed than we do out partying, clinking glasses. That’s fun but I think there’s just so much more to the work we’re doing right now. She is my bestie.

First Published: Mar 20, 2014 19:12 IST