Kevin Parker of Tame Impala Talks Lady Gaga Collaboration on "Perfect Illusion"
Kevin Parker of Tame Impala is talking his buzz worthy collaboration with Lady Gaga on her new single “Perfect Illusion.” “Perfect Illusion” counts as the latest single from her forthcoming album, which remains untitled. Parker is noting the collaboration as being “life/career defining.”
In an interview with Australia’s Triple J, Parker said that the collaboration was “amazing… one of those life/career defining moments.”
He further expressed that, “It started out as such a career move. “‘Oh yeah, I’ll get in on that’ but it quickly became something so personal and meaningful for everyone involved. I’m just happy it’s all out in the open now.”
“When you actually meet the people behind the scenes, it’s not just this big corporate world. It’s actually full of people full of passion and drive,” he said.
When told that Gaga had referred to him as a “real musical genius” following their collaboration he said, “Did she? No way! I’m gonna put that quote on our tour poster: ‘A real musical genius’ - Lady Gaga.”
NME reported another interview that Gaga did with Nick Grimshaw of Radio 1 where she described just how the collaboration came about, saying, “We stripped everything away. I sat at the piano, Kevin was on the guitar and Mark was at the bass and we just played through it and I worked on a typewriter and we would bounce new lyrics back and forth. What was important to me was it wasn’t just a song about any illusion but one we can all relate to. That’s how we came up with the title ‘Perfect.’”
Lady Gaga officially released her new “Perfect Illusion” single on Sept. 9 and it instantly shot up the charts. The single was released on Thursday (Sept. 8) to two radio stations around 11 P.M. It ended being up the most shared on Twitter in the 24 hours before noon on that day and had only been available for a mere 13 hours in the 24-hour cycle. The pop star had been dropping hints about “Perfect Illusion” throughout the week, as well as sharing that Mark Ronson and Parker had collaborated on it.