Parker recently worked with Gaga on her single 'Perfect Illusion'
Parker worked with Gaga and Mark Ronson on ‘Perfect Illusion’, the lead single from Gaga’s new album ‘Joanne’. Explaining how the team-up came to be, Parker told DIY: “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,” Parker added. “[Gaga] 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.”
Asked whether he had any other exciting projects in the pipeline with big names, Parker said: “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.”
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