Pharrell Williams is on a tour through Europe. And the 41-year-old has reasons to be happy.
His song "Happy" has had well over 400 million views on YouTube, and in the UK it has just been named the most-downloaded track of all time.
The singer, songwriter and music producer has written many hits but says he doesn’t adhere to a specific formula for writing his songs.
Williams’ explained he musical inspiration is more a question of curiosity for him: “I want something to peak my curiosity so that’s the only thing that works for me but that doesn’t work all the time, you know? I’ve used pots and pans and spoons and buckets and beads and all kinds of things to mix it up a little bit. And sometimes those things work out wonderfully, you know. Or like, stomping in bleachers -‘Hollaback*’ – sometimes that works and then sometimes you just do some weird crazy stuff and everyone’s like, what are you doing?”
*_(“Hollaback Girl” is a song by American recording artist Gwen Stefani from her debut solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (2004). The song was written by Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo)_
Pharrell Williams is touring to promote his second studio album, G I R L. which was released this year. It is Williams’ first solo tour since 2006.
He began his music career as a producer in the early 1990s, later forming the Neptunes with Chad Hugo. He recently collaborated on Draft Punk’s Random Access memories, which was awarded five Grammies.
Does success pressure him? “Oh no, I don’t understand pressure,” he said.
“Not because of anything else other than the fact that I’ve never seen pressure work out for anyone. You know, you have pressure at the free throw line you’re going to miss the shot, you know? You have pressure when it’s time to pass the test you’re going to screw it up. I just don’t understand, pressure doesn’t even help pipes. So it’s just not even a consideration. If anything, I just love what I do every day.”
Pharrell Williams ‘Dear G I R L’ tour ends in Paris in October.