Both artists have expressed their desires to write with one another, with Sir Elton recently stating that he hopes ‘to do something’ with the producer and singer
“I hope to do something with Pharrell,” Sir Elton recently told Clash magazine. The 66-year-old claims he is enamored with dance and electronic music and that it’s the first thing he puts on when he “gets up in the morning”. “I don’t know how to record [it],” he explained. “As a piano player I tend to overdo things, and electronic music is about simplicity.”
The Candle In The Wind singer does have some recent experience with less piano-based genres however: he collaborated with Timbaland in 2007, with Kanye West in 2010, Pnau in 2012, and with Queens of the Stone Age last year. He also has a forthcoming track with synth-pop act Bright Light Bright Light and says he “had lunch with James Blake the other day”. “You can always learn,” he said.
For his part, Pharrell Williams is more than ready to work with Elton John. “I really respect [his] music and I’d love to do something with him,” he told BBC Newsbeat last week. Williams’ nine-year-old son, Rocket, was partly named for Sir Elton’s song Rocket Man. “[Collaborating with] Elton would be really interesting.” Of course, Williams’ list of dream collaborators is about a mile long: in his recent BBC interview, he expressed interest in working with Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, and both Gallagher brothers.
Sir Elton’s new album, The Diving Board, was released in September.
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