LOS ANGELES (CN) - "This the last place I want to be right now," Pharrell Williams testified Wednesday as he described his "love" for Marvin Gaye, while battling Gaye's family in a copyright case involving his song "Blurred Lines" and Gaye's "Got to Give It Up."
Williams, professionally known as Pharrell, arrived shortly after noon at the federal courtroom with his entourage and took the stand a little over two hours later.
During direct examination, his attorney Howard E. King asked: "Do you like Marvin Gaye?"
"I love him," Pharrell said.
"This is the last place I want to be right now," Pharrell added. "I grew up with his music, along with other artists on Motown."
King asked his client if he had perhaps "subconsciously" used "Got to Give It Up."
"No," Pharrell said. "If I had any doubt, we would have contacted our musicologist. It's the fair, just and right thing to do."
In 2013, Robin Thicke, 31, and his "Blurred Lines" co-creators Pharrell, 41, and rapper T.I. (Clifford Harris), 34, sued Marvin Gaye's family in Federal Court for a declaration that they had not infringed copyright on the Motown artist's 1977 single, "Got to Give It Up."
The artists filed the lawsuit pre-emptively just months after the single's release, after legal threats from the Gaye family.
In response, Frankie Christian Gaye, Nona Marvisa Gaye and Marvin Gaye III filed counterclaims. Their allegations targeted both "Blurred Lines" and Thicke's "Love After War," the lead single from his 2011 album of the same name.
The Gaye family claims "Love After War" infringed upon Gaye's 1976 single "After the Dance."
On the second day of trial, the Gayes' attorney Richard Busch had played a testy video deposition with Pharrell, in which the producer frequently stonewalled the attorney and refused to answer his questions.
During his appearances in court, Pharrell has frequently appeared stone-faced, in stark contrast to Thicke, also in court Wednesday, who has been all smiles.
On the witness stand, Pharrell spoke of his dismay at the adversarial nature of the deposition.
"I felt like I was coming to the deposition to resolve something ... to put this behind us," he said. "I felt like he was purposefully trying to get a rise out of me. I pride myself on being a peaceful person, so it was uncomfortable for me."
Pharrell said that his parents often played music when he was growing up, and that his interest in music grew as he moved from place to place as a youngster. He took up drumming in junior high school.
The Grammy award winner provided some behind-the-scenes details on the making "Blurred Lines," which according to court filings was recorded on the afternoon of June 27, 2012, before its release the following March.
Pharrell said he used Logic Pro software on an Apple computer at the Glenwood Place Studio in Burbank, creating the song in little under an hour after "surfing around," creating a drum track and "trying to find chords that felt good."
"It's not unusual for me," Pharrell said of his speedy process. "But there's times when it's not so fast."
The musician and producer, as it turned out, was multitasking when he created the song.