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Sunday 20 April 2014

Pharrell: Music takes time

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams has spoken about how seriously N.E.R.D. take the music-making process.

The hip-hop star is in the group with Chad Hugo and Sheldon Haley and their last album, Nothing, came out in 2010. They are in no hurry to lay down new tracks though, with Pharrell explaining they care too much to rush the creative process.

"N.E.R.D. is the special thing. You don't just throw that [new music] out there. You take your time and you get it right," he told BBC.

"It's not like we sell all the records in the world.

"We cherish that. We don't abuse it... We take the right amount of time, the proper amount of time to give the people what they ask us for."

The musician calls his bandmates "super cool" and feels lucky to have the opportunity to work with them.

Pharrell doesn't just kick back and relax when he isn't in the studio with N.E.R.D. He has clothing lines and is big on collaborating with other stars - he features on Robin Thicke's smash hit Blurred Lines.

He has also teamed up with Justin Timberlake and Kanye West and hopes his star power means acts will continue coming to him.

"I'm not one to brag about myself. More than anything else I'm appreciative they knock," he explained.

It doesn't seem like Pharrell needs to worry about lining up work, as earlier this month it was revealed he is planning to collaborate with boyband of the moment One Direction.

The star praised the five-piece for their work ethic and joked about what a hit they could have on their hands.

"From what I've heard of their new stuff I'm pleasantly surprised. Their new stuff is definitely a progression and an elevation," he said. "They are incredibly hard-working. I'm sure it will excite our female fans if we're on a record together."

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