In a recent interview with WSJ Magazine Fall Fashion edition, Pharrell explains that it took him quite some time to develop his own musical style.
“I think when I put out my first solo album, the music was just eclipsed by all the braggadocio,” Pharrell tells WSJ. “That was me feeling like I had to be like Jay or Puff. I didn’t realize that that was their story—the story of the struggle to will your way out of where you’re from, to cash in on that, first for yourself, then for other people. But I didn’t see that. All I saw was the planes, the cars, the girls—the ornaments but not the tree they were hanging on. I was making music with and for Jay-Z and Puff, but I was a weirdo in that world.”
But Pharrell further explained that he now sees things from a different perspective:
“It took me a minute to find my purpose; I knew something was missing. Now I want to make music with something extra to it. I want to make it feel good.”
Pharrell also shares what’s like to be a fashion icon, as he was recently found front and center on Vanity Fair‘s Best Dressed list.
“It embarrasses me a bit to be a figure in fashion. I think everyone is interested in what they put on, even if you dress conservatively. Whatever you’re trying to mask, the mask itself says something about your personality.”
To check out the full interview and see more of what Pharrell had to say, check out the full story over at WSJ online.
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