Having been a fan for nigh-on 15 years now, I was extremely surprised - and honoured - when Brent Paschke agreed to sit down for a brief Google Hangouts chat.
Well that 'brief chat' turned in to an hour long discussion about Brent's career, how In Search Of... changed his life, his experiences and plans, as well as everything Pharrell, The Neptunes and N*E*R*D.
We did encounter a few tech issues, so apologies that you only get to see Brent's face and only hear my voice - although that's probably a good thing as no one wants to see my face in the corner, excitedly grinning for a full hour!
Check out the video below, and underneath there is a brief timeline breakdown should you want to skip to a specific topic. Leave your comments and questions and I'll do my best to answer them or put them to Brent the next time we speak.
- 04:30 - First getting in to music
- 05:45 - Spymob
- 06:50 - In Search Of...
- 08:20 - The Neptunes and getting introduced to Pharrell and Chad
- 10:20 - The differences between working on N*E*R*D, The Neptunes and Pharrell productions
- 12:50 - Pharrell's process
- 18:40 - Adapting to new styles and improving your craft
- 20:45 - A busy few years - staying motivated and the touring process
- 25:00 - Essential equipment and tools of the trade
- 27:30 - Favourite and least favourite part of the recording process and being in the studio
- 29:30 - Future music you're listening to and working with
- 32:00 - In Search Of... (again), the genius of Pharrell, and the N*E*R*D days
- 37:00 - Chad needs a hat
- 38:00 - Questions from theneptunes.org and OG Bape Talk Facebook groups
- 38:30 - Favourite tour moment s and memories
- 40:20 - Happy becoming big
- 47:00 - A Spymob reunion?
- 48:55 - Current/future work - Pharrell, music education and more shows/festivals
Again, a MASSIVE 'thank you' to Brent for agreeing to do this interview/discussion. It went way longer than originally planned and Brent was still happy to carry on chatting regardless. You can check out Brent's website here, as well as his Twitter and Instagram accounts.