Pharrell Williams wears a lot of hats, so to speak. From zeitgeist-dominating Daft Punk cameos last summer to that controversial Robin Thicke vid to his day-long buzz clip for globally chart-topping single ‘Happy’, you’ve no doubt heard a lot about him lately. Far from an overnight success, Pharrell’s illustrious (verging on insane) résumé as a producer bears repeating; he’s had a hand in hundreds of hits, ranging from Britney Spears to Busta Rhymes to your favorite under-the-radar Watch the Throne track.
Also deserving an honorable mention is his environmental work with Bionic Yarn, an innovative company devoted to upcycling ocean plastic. To kick off a new collaboration with G-Star Raw—a collection of eco-friendly streetwear called RAW for the Oceans—we caught up with Shubhankar Ray of G-Star and Tim Coombs of Bionic.
Keep reading to hear about the intersection of art and science, the importance of the ocean, and what it’s like to collab with Pharrell.