hip-hop meets pop, rock & funk
The live band of the famous producer twosome The Neptunes mixes a highly contemporary cocktail of beats & styles, where elements of pop, rock and funk meet hip-hop.
Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo met as 12-year-olds at a music camp in their home state of Virginia. Already then they were cooking up rhythms with their friend Timbaland. When DJ/producer Teddy Riley saw them performing live with their high school buddy Shay Haley, he signed them for Virgin Records. Known as The Neptunes, Williams and Hugo have produced countless hits for many high-profile artists from Madonna to Snoop Dogg. At the turn of the millennium they started N.E.R.D (No one Ever Really Dies) as their live band with Haley, learning several instruments as they went along. Usually Williams sings and raps, while Hugo takes care of guitar and bass. Originally Williams was the drummer, but now it’s mainly Haley. All of them play keyboards.
N.E.R.D’s fourth album, Nothing, comes out in the middle of June. Its first single is Hot’n’Fun featuring Nelly Furtado. Earlier the band has released In Search of… (2001), Fly Or Die (2004) and Seeing Sounds (2008).