Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Talks Working With Lady Gaga, Teases More Big Name Collabs

In case you haven’t heard by now, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker helped write Lady Gaga’s lead Joanne single “Perfect Illusion.” As Mark Ronson said in an interview earlier this month, the song originally started out as a Parker demo that the three of them eventually fleshed out in the studio. In a new interview with DIY magazine, he publicly talks about the Gaga collab for the second time:

Mark was telling me he was gonna work on the Lady Gaga album, and just asked me if I wanted to be a part of it. So obviously I did! It was so left field for me, but because it was Mark I had no hesitation in just diving in headfirst. There was no fear, I knew the project was in good hands with Mark. So yeah, it just went from there. Luckily it wasn’t a room full of people, it was just Gaga and Mark.

[…] She is now the first person I’ve ever written lyrics with. It was getting towards the end of the day, we were deep in that zone, writing lyrics for ‘Perfect Illusion’, and I suddenly realised it was the first time. Gaga commented that I was easy to work with lyrically, we’d bounce ideas off each other really well, and I was like, ‘Y’know this is actually the first time I’ve written lyrics with another person!’ It’s the first time I’ve verbally, physically voiced ideas of how to put lyrics together, and the first time I’ve had a conversation about how this verse, or this line, or this rhyme is going to go together. It’s the first time I’ve ever had that out in the open – normally that whole conversation just happens inside my head. It was quite a weird sensation.

He also teases a few upcoming pop collaborations, though won’t name names:

There’s definitely a few other things coming up. You don’t have to be switched on to realise that if I do this, and then this happens… it’s just the way the music world works, you know? So there’s going to be other things happening, but I think I’d be ruining it if I mentioned who.