Daft Punk fans got their latest taste of Random Access Memories on Monday (April 15) thanks to an interview with producer Pharrell Williams, who is among the laundry list of artists who worked on the album.
The collabo list includes legendary names like Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, DJ Falcon and Julian Casablancas, and in the interview, Williams explains his role on the track "Get Lucky." Skateboard P originally met with the robots during a Madonna party, where he said he would do just about anything to get on the album, adding, "If you just want me to play a tambourine, I'll do it."
Eventually, they met up in Paris, and Pharrell told the robots he was in a "Nile Rodgers" sort of mood with his music. He was surprised to learn that the electronic duo had already recorded a Rodgers track on Memories, and thus "Get Lucky" began to gain steam. According to Pharrell, "It's crazy, because, you know, [we're] on two sides of the Atlantic, [and] we're in the same place." It was in these sessions in Paris that Williams laid down the vocals for the song.
Williams also gives some insight as to how much he enjoyed working with the duo and how pleased he is with the end result. "You don't need MDMA for this music, because it's so incredibly vivid," he said of the prevalent party drug. He added that the electronic duo can be so groundbreaking that "they are not bound by time and space."
The interview is the fourth installment of Intel and Vice's "The Creator's Project," a Web series that profiles artists who worked on the album with the robotic duo. The first three episodes of "Creator's" centered on Moroder, Todd Edwards and Rodgers. The general tone of each episode is the new concepts and outside-the-box thinking that was employed during the production of Memories.
If this track and the Pharrell's enthusiasm is any indication, Daft Punk fans will certainly be in for a treat when the album is finally released.
You can look for Random Access Memories in stores May 21.