VIBE magazine recently enlisted Daft Punk and Pharrell as cover stars for its 20 Year Anniversary issue. An appearance of either counterpart would be spectacular on its own, let alone the bonus of this team-up. Now, VIBE has released a behind-the-scenes footage documenting the photo shoot of the issue’s cover — showcasing the trio behind the dance floor anthem “Get Lucky.” VIBE went further to understand the production behind Random Access Memories, its inspirations and how the trio hooked up via an in-depth interview. See below for a snippet of the interview and head over to VIBE to read the entire piece.
What drew you guys to work with Pharrell on Random Access Memories?
Thomas Bangalter: We’ve always been big fans of his work and output as a producer, rapper and musician. But what we really appreciate more than anything is a multi-talented artist that has a strong aura and is super talented, charismatic and very glamorous. His natural glamour—he is as elegant in jeans [as he is] in a tuxedo.
Pharrell Williams: Thank you.
Do you remember your first time hearing Daft Punk?
Pharrell Williams: I’ll never forget. I was talking to this girl, and all of a sudden I heard a song and was like, “What the fuck is that?” Because it just seemed like something regal, something very royal and different, from a higher caliber. When that guy sang “One More Time,” I was like, “What the?!” And then it was everywhere. Like, I heard it in cars in the hood. From that point I was in love with the sound and the groove. Isn’t that the most amazing feeling when we hear something and ask, “What is it?”
Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo : That never happens to us.
Thomas Bangalter: It’s cool as a musician to be challenged by new music. It’s always something you look for, because all of us are music lovers. We have this repertoire where each time there is a song that makes a difference, people know it.