Freedom is wasted on those who don’t know how to employ it. With control over your own life, the possibilities are endless if your imagination is limitless. Free your mind, George Clinton once advised, and your ass will follow. In paying tribute to those visionaries who maintain and manipulate the opportunities that present themselves when opening doors to fresh new horizons, we conclude the summer edition’s leading faces with someone who’s nothing short of an iconic creative force, who weaves his magic in a completely individual yet identifiable manner across a number of mediums.
The fourth and final cover star of Clash 108 is Pharrell, a man who’s long been so resolutely original in all areas of his artistic endeavours that he’s earned the privilege to manifest his own destiny, and does so in thrillingly successful ways.
One of the most influential creative minds of our generation, Pharrell Williams has transcended his position as one-half of music’s hottest production duo The Neptunes and one-third of the genre-defying band N*E*R*D to become an inspirational renaissance man whose golden touch is in demand throughout the realms of music, fashion, film, and beyond. With a new solo album on the horizon, Pharrell shares his thoughts on creative practice and the curiosity that’s kept him at the forefront of art for three decades.
“Creativity for me is a means of expression,” he tells Clash. “It’s a gift from the all that is, all that was, and all that ever will be; the creator. We’re co-creators. So the gift of creation is amazing, and something as simple as a conversation is your own creation - you use those words with your tone.”
Pharrell completes an iconic issue that also includes Billie Eilish, Anderon .Paak, Troye Sivan, The Spice Girls, Kris Wu, Buddy, Gaika, Bad Gyal, Yungen, Ravyn Lenae, Peter Buck, and much more.
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Clash 108 with Pharrell
Interview: Grant Brydon
Photography: Yann Faucher
Fashion: Michael Darlington
Creative Direction: Rob Meyers
Pharrell wears black leather jacket by Wales Bonner.
Pharrell was shot in Clash Studios, London.