Not like a beat like a rhythm, but like where to hit and where not to hit. No, I'd love to say there was an enlightening, 10-day silent meditation trip, but it really wasn't. It's not like it was explained to you. I always assume that people will enjoy it more if I kind of just don't do anything else to go along with the music. We just have really similar perspectives on music and taste. PARKER: At the end of the day, it’s the same. STEREOGUM: So it’s a question of how small you want to make the slices? Everything we were doing was a new experience. His parents – both emigrés, his father a Zimbabwean accountant, his mother a free spirit from South African – divorced when he was four. PARKER: I realized I wanted to have that kind of attitude in the studio, like, “Fuck yeah, we’re doing this!” And not, like, doubting everything constantly, going like, “Let’s not try this,” or, “Let’s not go ’til five in the morning.” Like fuck it! Tame Impala im Interview: Ein notorischer Einzelgänger reift zum Popstar Simon Ackers 14.02.2020 "Bringen Sie die verdammten Impfstoffe JETZT" "Unter uns"-Star Benjamin Heinrich: 2. What songs are closest to how you first imagined them? It's important that they disagree with it. But I know in my heart that the music would suffer. They were like, “We wanted a copy of it, so we just did this, and we’re really sorry.” And they paid me whatever I would have normally got paid. You’ve just got to have some restraint because hip-hop is about making space in the mix, having things behind you but also keeping space. Here's the devastating plot twist: I said everything I've just told you when I finished [last album] Currents. PARKER: I don’t know, man. But I know that as soon as I do play it to someone my expectations will lower a bit. Which is different in how you go about it, but mentally it’s exactly the same. Like when A$AP Rocky got in touch the first time, I didn’t know who he was. Like, “Oh fuck yeah” — because an American rapper was using my song. That’s the difference it comes down to. STEREOGUM: A few years ago Triple J sent a Kevin Parker impersonator to the red carpet at the ARIAs. He wrote every chord, recorded every hi hat, mixed every vocal line. Ultimately, they opted to quarantine Down Under. No, that would be my own brain. So I love it when someone’s reinterpreted them as kind of barebones. The most important stories and least important memes, every Friday. “So we were like, if we’ve gotta go to a hospital, let’s go to a hospital in Perth.”. Because he had such a big pressure. When he joined bands later, using music as a way to make new friends, he struggled to draw the lines between fun and work. Kevin Parker chose wisely. And then, when the time came to tour it, he'd teach his mates how to play the songs he'd written. That’s just what this was. Tame Impala have covered Edwyn Collins’ 1994 single “A Girl Like You” for Australia’s Triple J Radio in Perth. STEREOGUM: Like you were willing to try more things? But yeah, he used that song in his tour video, and we were told he was a fan. Which was surprised everyone. Is there an art to printing stems? Did I really feel those things? And then when I would be on my own, that's when I could finally start being creative.". But it won't stop me trying. STEREOGUM: Where did the concept for that song come from? I really like the acoustic ones I’ve heard, like acoustic covers, ’cause I’m not capable of doing an acoustic song. It's an eight-minute psych-rock wig-out, driven by a military drum beat that frequently judders apart like a scratched CD. So yeah, there I was in the studio with Rocky, playing along to my own song for the first time. PARKER: Yeah. Has success brought more confidence or do you worry about how things are going to be received? On the album, 'Borderline' has taken a new form, one closer to the version that had first materialised in Parker's mind. PARKER: We did “Sundress” and his song “LSD,” which was really fun because we got to practice just doing that, just taking a hip-hop track and doing it in a live band sense. If I'm feeling good about it, I can't wait for people to hear it. They're not asking for it, but you are able to give it. Honestly my favorite ones are just like when I’m drunk and listening to people’s ones they’ve put on YouTube. STEREOGUM: Did you ever talk to her or meet her or discuss the track at all? I haven't written a single chord progression in the company of another person that made it in the actual song. Yeah. STEREOGUM: They so clearly had just re-created “The Less I Know The Better.” Had they approached you, and you turned them down? We’ve Got A File On You features interviews in which artists share the stories behind the extracurricular activities that dot their careers: acting gigs, guest appearances, random internet ephemera, etc. How tough was it touring with only two new singles? Which is obviously never true. Meanwhile Los Angeles County continues to set new daily records for confirmed cases. You've talked before about experimenting in the studio, things like putting chords on as you go to sleep and then waking up with a melody in your head. Could those unbidden melodies be his mind's way of filling up the space where voices suddenly weren't? STEREOGUM: I don’t know that much about the art of production. "I'll do whatever it takes make music I think is inspired. I played some kind of synth on it, I think. 'Posthumous Forgiveness', which is kind of the lynchpin of the new album, is about the relationship with your father, right? 'Glimmer' was one of those because it was just me. Because it's just them caring about you. Despite a recent surge of infections on the other side of the country, Australia has largely had the pandemic under control for months. In our interview, we hopped and skipped across his career, discussing various superstar collaborations and bizarre twists in the Tame Impala story. I didn't go out to dinner. Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Kevin Parker’s Approach to Tame Impala’s Drum Production The Earth Is a Drum 9 Reasons to Love Narada Michael Walden Jerry Granelli Aynsley Dunbar Nick D’Virgilio – An Invisible Touch Joe Wong PARKER: There’ve been some really nice ones. In a decade, the psychedelic rock torchbearer and musical flagship of Perth, Australia, polymath Kevin … "I've never been able to separate making music with other as a social time from it being a creative time," he says. We only listened to it at like max volume. That sounds depressing but it's not". I wasn’t posting it because I was like flagging it for everyone, like trying to rally up support. It's a song that makes the blood pump and stills the heart, all at the same time. Like I honestly thought it was hilarious. Is it tough to collaborate when you've got that urge towards solitariness? At least to my knowledge. That’s all that matters. STEREOGUM: What are some things you saw eye-to-eye on or connected on? But Parker's falsetto and his shimmering synths are gossamer things that seem like they might blow away if you focus on them too hard. It was. And I guess it proved to myself that I care that much about my albums, because of how much I wanted to have an album finished by then. I hate finding myself in that situation, it makes me uncomfortable. Same emotion. They come to me when I mentally just want to kind of escape, or mentally fill a void. I don't think I left my house in LA in about two weeks. PARKER: He had most of the lyrics done, and he was like, “Can you sing something over it?” So I just sang the first thing — and it was funny because it’s such a cheeky thing for a song. Could I ever feel those things again? Choosing what rhythms to play. I don’t know. I know it’s ruining my hearing, I’m damaging my hearing because I work at high volume, but it’s worth it because it carries you to the finish line of finishing music, loving the music more. In March, when it became clear most people around the world would have to hole up for a while to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Tame Impala mastermind and his wife, Sophie Lawrence, were faced with a significant decision: Stay in LA or make a break for Parker’s native Perth? Do you feel trepidation when you share something you've worked on alone with other people? I just set up a 707 drum machine and I just hit record because I was testing out this new tape machine that I had. I didn’t know what it was, ’cause I knew he had stopped making Streets albums in like 2009 or something? STEREOGUM: You have a writing credit on this song, but as with so many Kanye tracks, there are so many people credited that it’s hard to know who did what. This content is imported from YouTube. So I always wanted to make music with other people. Distorted guitars and hip-hop sometimes go well, like Kanye and Mike Dean, and they can also be a disaster. That’s kind of just how I want to approach it, just not being self-aware. Your first gigs start soon. It’s kind of like ever since then, now I see that as like the ultimate studio environment. I was in shock. Mark is someone I've been super close with for a long time now, so it's much easier for me, but the big difference is because I've never been able to separate creative time from social time, I know that I piss Mark Ronson off sometimes. But it kind of struck me how I discovered something about my dad after he was dead. It was still fun, though. Something we both care about deeply is making relevant music. 964 votes, 25 comments. [Note: These are extra portions of our interview with Kevin Parker, quotes that didn't make it into our main print article on Tame Impala.] Did somebody send you a completed track and say “What did you think?”. The best beat makers in the world, they have exactly the same software that some kid in their bedroom does. STEREOGUM: So maybe some of you YouTube strivers out there have been visited by Kevin Parker unawares. In those moments, I wish I was just a pop artist who had people buzzing around doing all these kinds of things around me. We didn’t know who anyone fuckin’ was. Because there’s zero second guessing. When did you hear about that? It's different every time. It was still just like all he wanted to do was make an awesome album. Tame Impala seem to buck that trend, instead using the studio to help widen their scope, revealing new vistas and propelling the listener further into a sun-stroked, dream like state. Did you get starstruck back in those days being around celebrities? I'm one of those people that's infinitely curious about things, as well. It can be extremely lame. Which is kind of like me now. For Parker, getting high is a way to escape the twanging of his brain, which can get in the way of his creativity. But he's definitely been reborn. I was also, I think I was a bit offended by the choice of, like, everything. Oh, no, there's always that concern. Yeah. But 'Glimmer' was just something I was messing around with in the studio one day. In our interview, we hopped and skipped across his career, discussing various superstar collaborations and bizarre twists in the Tame Impala story. “We were like, what do we do, what do we do?” Parker recalls. PARKER: Yeah, something like that. But this might be the last album that I do like that. From : Tame Impala – Zane Lowe and Apple Music ’The Slow Rush’ Interview Tame Impala – InnerSpeaker (Episode 1) 彼らは美しい景色が見えるマンションで曲を作り終える。 And it makes all the difference. "It took over almost instantly from me playing with Lego. It's completely abstract," he says. Can you unpack that a little bit for me? Tame Impala ‘s Kevin Parker thinks Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion ’s hit track ‘WAP’ is a “perfect song”. But the thing is I'll do whatever it takes to get to a spot where I feel like the music I'm making is inspired. We were particularly closed off. What's the process of turning music you've made on your own into something you can take on tour? But I knew the rewards would be great. https://belongmedia.net/2020/02/08/tame-impala_the-10-songs “The health system in Australia is really good,” Parker reasons. He still can't really write with other people, can't split fun time from creating time. Have you done work besides, you know, massive international success? We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article. He’s not afraid to axe an entire part of a song, which I think is amazing. There was no working on any music at low volume. There’s no bullshit. In December 2018, Tame Impala was announced for the Saturday headline slot at Coachella, which had just been vacated by Justin Timberlake. I was trying to make it sound less like a rock band. STEREOGUM: Years ago you guys did some work with SZA, but it never emerged. “Honestly for me, it’s kind of business as usual because my studio is like two blocks from my house,” he says. He can lean out from the edge of a stage and make tens of thousands of people feel like he's singing just to them. It turns out that this is how Parker has made every Tame Impala record, since 2008's first eponymous EP and up to his next album, The Slow Rush, which is due on 14 February. 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