Nile Rodgers praises 'fantastic' Pharrell Williams
- Bang Showbiz
- 24 March 2015
Nile Rodgers thinks Pharrell Williams is "fantastic", and has backed the 'Happy' hitmaker following the 'Blurred Lines' court case
Nile Rodgers thinks Pharrell Williams is "fantastic".
The 62-year-old Chic guitarist has worked with the producer on several tracks including Daft Punk's 2013 hit single 'Get Lucky' and has praised the musician for his songwriting flare.
Speaking about the 'Happy' hitmaker on BBC Radio 2, he said: "I love him. Pharrell and I are great friends.
"He's got the knack, he's got that thing where he can just feel songs, he can feel grooves, he's great with grooves and he's great with melodies. He's a fantastic songwriter and you know what? His personality is so amazing, and I think that that comes through in his productions and his writing."
Nile - who premiered Chic's first new single in 23 years, 'I'll Be There', on Friday (20.03.15) - has also supported his 41-year-old pal following the 'Blurred Lines' court case which ordered the star, along with singer Robin Thicke, to pay $7.3 million (£4.8 million) to the family of Marvin Gaye due to the track's similarities to the 1977 hit 'Got To Give It Up'.
He said: "[The songs] didn't really sound alike.
"Compositionally, purely compositionally, I don't think they should have lost that case. 'Got to Give it Up' is clearly a blues structure, ['Blurred Lines'] isn't at all."
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers will perform at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on June 21, with tickets available now.