Pharrell Williams has many irons in the fire, even if some of those irons aren’t exactly his.
Within the last few months, Williams has performed on tour, including the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this past April. His song, Happy, has become a worldwide sensation, to the point that the song was nominated for an Academy Award. The song has also become the focus of master parody artist Wierd Al Yankovic, whose rendition called Tacky is gaining notoriety for Weird Al’s new album, Mandatory Fun, reports The Today Showwebsite. The most recent project for Williams, though, is being named the curator for the new NBA 2K15 video game soundtrack, according to ABC News.
“It was something that I accepted, but I couldn’t believe my name got tossed in the hat for it, I’m honored,” Pharrell told reporters during a press conference in New York City for the new game. Following fellow curators Lebron James and Jay Z, Williams decided to take a somewhat alternate approach to selecting songs for the game. Williams decided to solicit the female personnel on his staff for ideas.
“They know so much more about the sport than I do,” Pharrell admitted. “I’m not screaming like touchdown, but after free throw, lay up and couple dunks… I know what a crossover is but don’t know how to do one.”
Williams continued, “These are girls that play the game and… their boyfriends play or their friends play, I thought it would be such an interesting twist to have the girls weight in on the song list, they listen to it just as much, I tried to pick an alternative approach… How do you follow up LeBron and Jay? I gotta take a different route. I don’t know I just thought it’d be cool.”
As far as the video game itself, Williams has called upon the services of a specialist with these kinds of technology; Pharrell’s 5-year-old son, Rocket. “My son teaches me, it’s crazy, he teaches me [about games],” Williams said. one of the many ways his child and fatherhood “he’s changed my world.”
“Yeah, it’s crazy,” Williams said. “This is one of those times in your life when you’re like think about that one interview when someone asked you a serious question and that just hit me just now, when you asked me about my son and my answer to you is ‘He teaches me,’ like that’s bizarre to me.”
Fatherhood, video games, singing, and touring. Busy man, indeed.