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Maggie Rogers on the song that left Pharrell speechless: ‘It tumbled out in 15 minutes’ | Musique Non Stop

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Maggie Rogers on the song that left Pharrell speechless: ‘It tumbled out in 15 minutes’

Last year, an earnest student raised on the banjo stunned Pharrell Williams. The video of the encounter went viral, and now her striking folk-electronica is making waves too

Maggie Rogers has been asked so many times to describe the encounter with Pharrell Williams that propelled her to fame that she has got an answer memorised. “I just looked at my feet,” she tells interviewers, “and tried not to throw up.” But that’s just a line. The truth is, she can’t remember anything about it.

For Rogers and her classmates at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, it was supposed to be just another day at college. They were told they would have to prepare a song for a homework assignment and bring it to class, but not that Williams would be there, listening to and critiquing those songs. The video of the masterclass that followed is on YouTube“I would try stacking that lead vocal on the chorus,” he tells the first pair of starstruck students, “and do a vocal line.” To the next, he advises, “I would edit the second verse, and think about harmonies on the chorus.” Then comes Maggie Rogers – she appears at 18:15.

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