Richard Harrington of The Washington Post chatted with N.E.R.D. and The Neptunes star Chad Hugo about the decision to replace their trademark machine beats with the live musicians of Spymob on ‘In Search Off…’. Hugo said of the N.E.R.D. decision to make the disc ‘heavier’, “We liked it that way. We wanted people to play the air guitar and the air drum as they listened to the record, without taking away from the simplistic grooves that we had. We figured that this was an alternative album to begin with and we wanted to separate N.E.R.D. from what we did as the Neptunes. I think the live show is going to help that out as well, as well as broadening the spectrum of our listeners.”
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