While appearing on Good Morning America, Pharrell spoke on his monster hit “Happy“. Skateboard P revealed that he initially wrote nine different versions of the song, before finally landing on the final version.
“It was actually nine versions before I got to the tenth,” he said. “That’s when I had to ask myself, one more time, for the last time, I got to point zero, and I just said to myself, ‘How do you make a song about a guy who is so happy and relentless in doing so?’ That’s when I realized that the answer had been sleeping in the question all along.”
“Chris Meledandri and Illumination is a fine animation house and they gave me the opportunity in the first movie to do the score with Heitor Pereira,” he said. “Then the second time they let me do like the original song score. I just got to that point in the second film and was like, ‘Man this is a pivotal moment in the film. What am I going to do? Am I gonna mess this up? Are they gonna have me back on the third?’ You get to that place where you’ve run out of ideas, that’s what we call nothingness or nirvana. When you’re at zero, it’s not up, down, left, or right or diagonal. It’s like when you don’t know anything, and you ask yourself a question and you listen, you open yourself up. The master, God, the Universe, it speaks to you.”