Justin Timberlake on Pharrell Williams for Time 100: He "Injects Vibrant Energy" Into Music
He's been around for years and Pharrell Williams continues to prove that he has staying power with an extremely successful year underway.
"Pharrell Williams is having way too much fun. At 41 and still with the swagger and appearance of a college kid, he has been the biggest part of our soundtrack for the past 15 years. And you will never see him doing it without a smile on his face," Justin wrote.
"When I decided to work on my first solo album in 2002, Pharrell was the first musician I spoke to. I was 21 and ready to say something to the world. But I needed someone to help me translate exactly what that something was. I knew from our first conversation that he was that person," Timberlake continues.
"I will never forget how free and fun those sessions were. There were no rules, loads of laughs and music being created that made you feel like you could levitate. The collaboration I have with him is like no other. He made me fearless, and I've carried that with me the rest of my life."
"That's what Pharrell does. He injects that vibrant energy into the music in a way that you can feel. Whether it's the chord changes that remind you of another time or the melody that instantly grabs you, you are transported to another place. You smile, you dance, you clap along. His music actually does make you happy. Maybe that's why he still looks younger than the rest of us. Yep... Pharrell Williams is having way too much fun. And I don't know about you, but I hope he never stops."
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