Pharrell Williams on Daft Punk: ‘You don’t need MDMA for this music’

Singer and producer speaks about working with French duo on new album 'Random Access Memories'

Producer and Daft Punk collaborator Pharrell Williams has spoken about working on the French duo’s new album ‘Random Access Memories’ – scroll down to watch it.

Talking to Vice as part of their Creators Project series, Williams revealed that he “met the robots at a Madonna party and they were just like, ‘We’re doing something’. I said, ‘Whatever you guys need, I’ll do it. I’ll play tambourine.’ It feels like the only click track they have is the human heartbeat, and that makes it really interesting because these are robots.”

When asked what the ideal scenario for listening to ‘Random Access Memories’ is, he replied: “In a car, pulled up to the beach with my girl. Just let it play. This music is beyond 3D, it’s 4D. You don’t need MDMA to enjoy this music.”

A video preview of Williams’ collaboration with Daft Punk and Nile Rogers, titled ‘Get Lucky’, was broadcast at Coachella festival in California this weekend. Williams is one of a number of collaborators Daft Punk have pulled in for ‘Random Access Memories’, which is released on May 20. Synth pioneer Giorgio Moroder, Todd Edwards, Panda Bear and Chilly Gonzales are set to appear on the LP.

Speaking about working with Daft Punk, Todd Edwards recently described the new songs as “future classics,” before going on to say: “They reversed gears and went back to a time that no one’s really focused on. They’re fulfilling their vision on all levels.”