Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker says ‘life-defining’ Lady Gaga collaboration started as a ‘career move’

Pair teamed up for singer's new track 'Perfect Illusion'

Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has discussed his recent collaboration with Lady Gaga.

The pop singer debuted her new single ‘Perfect Illusion’ last week (September 9). It was co-produced by Parker as well as Mark Ronson and BloodPop, who produced Justin Bieber’s single ‘Sorry’.

Talking about the team-up to Australia’s Triple J, Parker described it as “amazing… one of those life/career-defining moments”.


“It started out as such a career move,” he admitted. “‘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.”

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“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.”

On being informed that Gaga recently labelled him a “real musical genius”, Parker said: “Did she? No way! I’m gonna put that quote on our tour poster: ‘A real musical genius’ – Lady Gaga”.

Listen to the full interview beneath.

“Kevin Parker flew over from Australia and he came up with this idea that the beginning of the song was called ‘Illusion’,” Gaga recently told Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw.


“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’. But I have to hand it to Kevin he is a real musical genius.”

Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at London’s Moth Club over the weekend.