Lady Gaga says Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker is a ‘musical genius’

Singer's new single 'Perfect Illusion' is co-produced by psych musician

Lady Gaga has discussed working with Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker, describing him as a “real musical genius”.

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’.

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

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Gaga has also collaborated with Beck, Father John Misty and Florence And The Machine singer Florence Welch on her new record.

“Me and Florence did a duet together,” she revealed on Radio 1. “I started to work on an idea for a song that I really wanted to do with a girl and you’ll see why when you hear the music and what the song is about. She’s really to me if not the best but one of the greatest vocalists in the world. She’s incredible. I would say the same about the musicianship of Beck, of Father John (Misty), Kevin Parker and Mark Ronson.”

The singer revealed that the record is in its final stages and will be released later this year. You can listen to the interview in full here.

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