That’s why I like hip-hop so much, and that’s why I find hip-hop so intriguing, the way it’s made. PARKER: We met by chance on a festival circuit in Australia. Because we get together and I can sometimes just be in a giggly mood because I'm hanging out with Mark. Tame Impala makes music about learning to adapt to life’s changes. And extremely intelligent, which admittedly I didn’t expect. PARKER: No, I think she was in quite a hurry to finish her album. It's this, I guess, self-confidence thing that plagued me. Just super big energy, you 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. "I … When I'm kind of uncomfortable, that's when I think of melodies. This was notable for … It’s not the kind of thing I waste my time on or can even stomach. STEREOGUM: Where did the concept for that song come from? STEREOGUM: Have any other covers of your work stood out to you as particularly interesting or changed your perspective on your own song? PARKER: It was great. “So we were like, if we’ve gotta go to a hospital, let’s go to a hospital in Perth.”. Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker explains his secret source of inspiration and how standing in front of a really really big crowd keeps you anything … It has to be good, which is what makes it difficult. Not just release [it], but let's go to the studio. He also informed their parents. Hey r/tameimpala!My name's Austin and I run the website for We Write About Music. I really, really hope that we are given an opportunity to finish it and release it. I guess that’s how Kanye works, he just takes bits and puts them where he wants. And so the difference between the best person in the world and a total novice is just where you decide to put those kick drums and those snares. Nothing. So 10 songwriters in a room spitballing ideas, I don’t think that’s something she would be into. Which was surprised everyone. They taught me so much about storytelling in songwriting and having such a strong personality in your music. "It took over almost instantly from me playing with Lego. It’s this dance between making a rhythm — it’s hard to explain. Did you get starstruck back in those days being around celebrities? I can’t speak for her, I don’t know. But like I said, me playing my music to other people is a time of the sun coming back down to earth. But 'Glimmer' was just something I was messing around with in the studio one day. But I knew the rewards would be great. Parker's childhood was, let's say, non-linear. Which is precisely why Tame Impala is such an astonishing thing to experience in the flesh, ideally shoulder-to-beer-soaked-shoulder with thousands of fellow apostles. And I met him really briefly at a festival in, I think it was Belgium, just recently, which was a trip because I’d always wanted to meet Mike Skinner. I think that song started out as something completely different that he was working on, which me and a friend programmed the drums for. It had been four years since the last album and no one announces a festival slot, and a world tour, without something new to promote. In December 2018, Tame Impala was announced for the Saturday headline slot at Coachella, which had just been vacated by Justin Timberlake. So playing my music other people is kind of a process of bringing the song back down to earth. Just appreciating myself as an artist, which is something I didn't do. In a decade, the psychedelic rock torchbearer and musical flagship of Perth, Australia, polymath Kevin … "There's no one in the world that I've felt as creative with as I do when I'm alone". Exactly. テーム・インパラ (Tame Impala) は、オーストラリアのミュージシャン、ケヴィン・パーカー(Kevin Parker)によるサイケデリック ミュージック プロジェクトである [1]。ケヴィン・パーカーによるソロプロジェクトではあるが、ライブではバンド編成で演奏される。 “I just go to the studio every day and do my thing.”. Does it just differ from song to song? I mean, I don't tell them to fuck off. That's important to me. It’s funny because the song, it’s this kind of high-tempo thrash pop-rock, I don’t even know what genre it is. I think Gaga too, that’s probably not something that makes her feel artistically fulfilled. At least to my knowledge. It just does. I'd wake up at nine in the morning and go until midnight and then go to sleep. PARKER: What’s funny is I didn’t know who anyone was. But this might be the last album that I do like that. That’s all that matters. He is, admittedly, on earth to spread a kind of salvation. The only thing stopping you is you choosing not to have that. So it just reminded me of all the people that I never got back to [Laughs]. I played some kind of synth on it, I think. "It was around the time I was so inside my own head and just completely lacking in perspective," he says. And we programmed a bunch of other stuff. And then a short while after that I just decided to not get hung up about it. "And so those songs came out and then I just realised that I wanted them to sound different." I was there with the rest of the A$AP gang. It was really good. But yeah, Rocky came through a few days before, and it was such a good vibe. I don’t know. Yeah. Kevin Parker's fourth album is his best – and most painful – yet. When did you hear about that? 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. He wrote every chord, recorded every hi hat, mixed every vocal line. I listened back to it and it just spoke to me for some reason. PARKER: He was, he told me he was too — “I’m really happy we’re doing this because I’m a fan.” He’s an extremely articulate guy, extremely. I just put a lot of care into it. "I thought it was totally slamming hip hop, boom-crack drums," he says. Did I really feel those things? It was a demo that I'd recorded in about six hours almost a year before. It’s been attempted many times before, so it’s kind of a challenge: “We gotta try and do this, and do it well.”. It's important that they disagree with it. PARKER: No, no. Something we both care about deeply is making relevant music. Fuck yeah, let’s do it!” You know? It's a song for the sake of the song right, you know? The last sort of two or three weeks of making the album was just nonstop. Can you unpack that a little bit for me? Hence, the mellow vibe. It was lonely work at times, but it was his work. I feel like there's a kind of a magical, mystical way of me making music that will just be, you know, easy. I’m joking, obviously. Tame Impala’s sound has evolved over the years, as have his admirers. It's taken a lot to drag me out of that. When he joined bands later, using music as a way to make new friends, he struggled to draw the lines between fun and work. Although if he was, it would explain all the Kevin Parker-as-Christ art his fans make, and why they self-identify as 'Disciples', and why they caption selfies taken with him as their "lord and saviour". When I reach Parker over Skype in early May — him starting off his Friday morning, me wrapping up my Thursday night — it is not yet fully clear what a prescient move he made by getting the hell out of California. It's a song that makes the blood pump and stills the heart, all at the same time. I’d love to — that song was fire, so I hope that there’s some way we can. 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! For me it’s everything in a song. I've always loved disco and I've always loved primitive house music. I wasn’t posting it because I was like flagging it for everyone, like trying to rally up support. And, duly, two singles arrived: blissed-out funker 'Patience', and 'Borderline', which sounded like ELO covering Pharrell. Being afraid of people judging me, which everyone has, but I had it particularly hard. Uh, yes? That was one of the first big mainstream pop things you worked on. But you could have that. It was so much fun. How long does it take before you're comfortable enough to just snap into it? Alongside his own band’s accomplishments, he’s become an in-demand producer frequently tasked with lending his unique sensibility to songs by A-list pop and rap stars. The hardest thing to do in that time would be to just sit down and finish the song because I just wanted to do something else, or something would take my attention, or I was bugging out about it. A year or so before this rekindling, Parker's father had discovered he was smoking weed with his friends and banned him from ever seeing them again. It's always the most exciting when there's risks being taken. STEREOGUM: So it’s a question of how small you want to make the slices? I really gave a shit. At the end of the day, I think it was right at the time when SZA’s career was taking off. 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? You know what, I'm running out of people that I haven't worked with that I would like to, just because of how it's worked out. I really like the acoustic ones I’ve heard, like acoustic covers, ’cause I’m not capable of doing an acoustic song. I didn't actually intend for that to be on the album. And he does occasionally withdraw from the world for extended periods of painful self-examination, after which he drafts a group of acolytes to spread his message. Let’s go ’til five in the morning. There's no one telling you to just release it? I was like, 'I'm not doing an album by myself again'. He likens it to Lego, the idea of "creating something from nothing." You could probably mark quite clearly where I started learning drums because I stopped playing with Lego. I can’t work on music at low volumes — it’s like, why am I doing this? Everything we were doing was a new experience. If I'm feeling good about it, I can't wait for people to hear it. I didn't go out to dinner. So it is somewhat ironic when a member of security demands Parker’s … Honestly my favorite ones are just like when I’m drunk and listening to people’s ones they’ve put on YouTube. Not like a beat like a rhythm, but like where to hit and where not to hit. That song was about one minute long until midnight, 21 November. STEREOGUM: I don’t know that much about the art of production. I think someone used that guy’s photo as a picture of me for something like a year later. PARKER: Yeah, we did a studio session together. Then again, nothing about Kevin Parker, or his alter ego Tame Impala, is exactly certain. My feelings in that song are not how I feel every day. I would love to just be lying on the couch the entire time my album is being made and have someone else carry out my wishes. There was tons of pressure on him to deliver his breakout album, or his album that’s going to take him to the next level. And I used to be the biggest Streets fan. 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. He developed an almost chronic shyness, for which music became a kind of balm. STEREOGUM: What are some things you saw eye-to-eye on or connected on? Silence. Which at the end of the day is the same whether you’re playing drums or programming them. Esquire participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. PARKER: He actually made contact a lot sooner. PARKER: I guess I was just using all my producer power to make us, a rock band, not sound like a rock band. Has that changed anything for you? And that was that. So there was no back-and-forth. PARKER: I think someone in my record label or management flagged it. But it has to be on my terms. But it won't stop me trying. It didn't occur to me that he actually made decisions that were because he was weak. When you see Tame Impala live – and I cannot stress this enough, when he hits the road later this year, you must see Tame Impala live – he will be flanked by other men, on drums and synths and guitars. [pause] Yes. The only people we knew were, like, Noel Fielding and, I dunno, Kings Of Leon or something. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site. Not if I'm feeling good about it. Tame Impala have risen to become one of the hottest alt-rock bands of the moment. So it’s not worth going after.” But no, it was a happy ending. Kevin Parker probably isn't Jesus. STEREOGUM: How did John Mayer become involved in the SNL appearance? If you play that, there’s a soundalike of “Someday” in there. 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. 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. "There's probably something in that for sure," Parker says. Which is what makes it difficult". I never have. Watch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon highlight 'Tame Impala: Borderline' on I mean COME ON guys at least put some effort in. And he is a self-confessed anxious, self-critical loner who's rarely happier than when he's stood on stage in front of thousands of people. It's funny, because every night I walk on stage, you know, in the few minutes before I step on stage, I'm like, 'Oh my god, what am I doing?' Which takes a lot of work, and you have to have high attention to detail. ‘Cause I’m not. We were just starting out, young guys from Perth, all fairly socially inept, so everything was pretty intimidating — which I wish it hadn’t been. Here's the devastating plot twist: I said everything I've just told you when I finished [last album] Currents. We’re kindred spirits. 'Glimmer' was one of those because it was just me. It’s funny because that’s the song he ended up sampling for “Sundress,” which was like six or seven years later. So I've been coaching myself to embrace the idea of people thinking something that I do is trash. Could I ever feel those things again? I guess it was like 2018 or something? Same emotion. Do you actually feel this way, or is this just the post-album emotional hangover? I gave a shit. When I'm alone, there are just different things that come to me. In our interview, we hopped and skipped across his career, discussing various superstar collaborations and bizarre twists in the Tame Impala story. The psych project mastermind made the comments to Australian radio station triple j … PARKER: There’ve been some really nice ones. So he wasn't going to play them. PARKER: It’s kind of just the amount of care you put into it, really. No, I'd love to say there was an enlightening, 10-day silent meditation trip, but it really wasn't. And in that way it's always a letdown but that's part of it. For years, it was assumed that Tame Impala was a collective noun. PARKER: I don’t know, man. He is a sought-after collaborator who literally cannot write music with anyone else in the room. But I know in my heart that the music would suffer. It's not like it was explained to you. I think he loathes and detests that format. So if I were the Strokes I might go, “Hey.” But the reason it sounded like me is because it’s the art form, making a knockoff of the song and making it sound as much like the song you’re trying to knock off as you can without it being a copyright infringement. Fuck yeah, I’ll get the guy from Tame Impala and John Mayer on bass and guitar. What's your role when you're in a room with, say, Mark Ronson? PARKER: I just did the drums. STEREOGUM: A few years ago Triple J sent a Kevin Parker impersonator to the red carpet at the ARIAs. STEREOGUM: How did you find out about this? Despite a recent surge of infections on the other side of the country, Australia has largely had the pandemic under control for months. Exactly. It’s about making the choice of where to put a beat. He is perhaps Australia's most famous rock star, but has spent most of his career hiding behind a band that doesn't really exist. We would literally be hanging out in our backyard listening to old music constantly. There was four of us, really, ’cause it was BloodPop. Yeah. It can be extremely lame. Tame Impala Interview: The majestic new album The Slow Rush sees Kevin Parker absorbing sounds and production techniques from everything available to him… The majestic new Tame Impala album The Slow Rush sees Kevin Parker absorbing sounds and production techniques from everything available to him. Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Talks Todd Rundgren, Expecting the Unexpected, and Why Being a Tame Impala Fan Takes Dedication That's difficult. It’s been in limbo for two or three years now. 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. Rather than not go outside, I went, OK, I'll go to the shops or try and do some grocery shopping. The scaling up of your live shows has happened in conjunction with you taking ownership of Tame Impala more, accepting your rock star-ness, at least more than you used to. So the last bit of the song is meant to suggest this idea that when you forgive someone who's dead, you don't forgive them because they were suddenly able to explain themselves. There’s some bits and pieces on top of it that I played, which was funny because I hadn’t played along to a recording of that song since InnerSpeaker, which was like 2010. How different was the creative process from your own? My main regret in those days was that I was the opposite of a brash young kid not giving a shit. But yeah, he used that song in his tour video, and we were told he was a fan. Her label got in contact and asked if they could have the stems because Rihanna wanted to do something with it — which, I was amazed. Which is different in how you go about it, but mentally it’s exactly the same. He has this energy, or perhaps, a lack of energy, that bequiets a room. Which is kind of like me now. Like when A$AP Rocky got in touch the first time, I didn’t know who he was. He is a perfectionist, verging on control freak, who thinks his best music is born in moments of unbidden inspiration. He still does. STEREOGUM: Years ago you guys did some work with SZA, but it never emerged. Yeah. You hear it all the time. That hook you sing, “I was gonna call you back” — was that something he had already that you built off of, or what? I didn’t know what it was, ’cause I knew he had stopped making Streets albums in like 2009 or something? He wanted to have new songs to play, but they weren't ready. That's not to say it wasn't fun and fulfilling. Being the best thing he's ever made, it's a lovely Valentine's Day gift to the world. We were particularly closed off. I was in shock. I kind of jam with myself all the time in the studio. I was trying to make it sound less like a rock band. "From the moment I think of a song, it's a series of let downs. We just have really similar perspectives on music and taste. I'm not going to tell them to ram it. @sonyatvaustralia #Lawsuit #nowitsmyturn, A post shared by Tame Impala (@tameimpala) on Apr 27, 2017 at 8:01pm PDT. Apple Music's Zane Lowe speaks with Tame Impala frontman, Kevin Parker, about their new album, The Slow Rush. I've always just checked myself to not make Tame Impala that. 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 Could those unbidden melodies be his mind's way of filling up the space where voices suddenly weren't? And it makes all the difference. But hey, fuck it, I'd love to work with Daft Punk. In December 2018, Tame Impala was announced for the Saturday headline slot at Coachella, which had just been vacated by Justin Timberlake. Oh, no, there's always that concern. STEREOGUM: Nowadays you work with so many famous people, but you mentioned being a shy kid when you were starting out. PARKER: I saw something. 'Posthumous Forgiveness', which is kind of the lynchpin of the new album, is about the relationship with your father, right? "I'll do whatever it takes make music I think is inspired. We have old-fashioned tastes, but care about nothing more than making relevant music. We knew who people were. Your first gigs start soon. That kind of search, the quest — we were both on this quest to recontextualize old music and make it relevant. This sounds a very overblown way of saying it, but it took international success for me. Hopefully one day, but I’ve been saying that now for years. Which is obviously never true. KEVIN PARKER: He just got in touch and said he was doing this project. That’s just what this was. It's a little bit daunting because I never consider my music as something that needs to be performed live for it to fulfil its potential. But it took me a long time. I think Kanye West said a while ago that people hating you is the same as people loving you. It’s just choosing where to put beats and where not to put them. There was so much pressure on him to deliver an album that was going to perform the way it did after Birds In The Trap. So I did the best damn fuckin’ stems printing I’ve ever done. So I just sang the first thing that came to my mind. Tame Impala have covered Edwyn Collins’ 1994 single “A Girl Like You” for Australia’s Triple J Radio in Perth. Him being my father, I worshipped the ground he walked on, I never assumed that he could ever put a foot wrong because he was my dad. Which is different to making music that I think is good. That’s especially true for a notorious studio rat like Parker. Almost like a palate cleanser. In our interview, we hopped and skipped across his career, discussing various superstar collaborations and bizarre twists in the Tame Impala story. [Laughs] I don’t know, I don’t know. You know? I feel like my perspective of being in the studio changed after that. He knew early, too, that he wanted to do everything himself. "There's so much more I want to do but it has to be good. I hate doing stems because you have to send the song out in pieces, basically. And then when I would be on my own, that's when I could finally start being creative.". So I love it when someone’s reinterpreted them as kind of barebones. Do you feel trepidation when you share something you've worked on alone with other people? ‘Cause his first lyric is like, “You’re calling my phone thinking I’m doing nothing better, I’m just waiting for it to stop ringing so I can use it again,” which I thought was hysterical. ", Back to the studio it went, to be reworked, polished, remixed and remastered, until he got it close enough to the platonic version that existed in his brain. Pre-order it now here, Styling: James Sleaford | Styling assistant: Rosalind Donoghue, Grooming: Andrea Gomez Anzola using ClarinsMen. He’s not afraid to axe an entire part of a song, which I think is amazing. I think that could be really good. I mean, yeah, first TV thing, we were just kind of like “What the fuck is going on?”. Granted, in the flesh, you might wonder. There was no band. He’s been doing his thing for a good solid decade now; Tame Impala’s debut album InnerSpeaker reached its 10th anniversary a couple weeks after our call. For me, the music I imagine making is for people listening to by themselves. He had no producer, no engineer, no session musicians, sometimes not even friends to ask for feedback. A couple of his albums were such important albums to me growing up. So when I was recording this album, I intentionally did that. Is there an art to printing stems? I've never snapped into it. Which was odd, because a year earlier, things had looked rosy. They have exactly the same software. He bounced between them for a decade, at which point they briefly reunited only for things to fall apart again. I mean, it's no more uncomfortable than just meeting new people. In hindsight, he even regretted putting those singles out. So he ended up taking the drums from a different song and using them in that one. And probably is. Is that part of that? 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. But the awkwardness endures. I find that slightly surprising, because there's definitely a disco, dancefloor feel in The Slow Rush. "In a way, from the moment I think of a song, it's just a series of letdowns.". [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.] ‘Cause you know, John’s a good interview, and he’s obviously a great guitarist. But I know that as soon as I do play it to someone my expectations will lower a bit. Now Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker has weighed in, and he’s a fan. I know producers release their stems and say, “OK, remix my shit,” but when you talk about “stems printing” — I didn’t realize that’s something that could be high or low quality. The tour was nice and all, but shouldn't Parker be in the studio? That's seven months after your Coachella slot. But no, Kevin Parker is almost certainly not Jesus. He is a festival-headlining pop artist who makes dense psychedelic rock music. What was your contribution? 2020年2月14日、待ち望んでいたTame Impala(テームインパラ)の新アルバム“The Slow Rush”がリリースされた。 2016年度グラミー賞の最優秀オルタナティブミュージック賞にノミネートされ、Tame Impalaがワールドワイドな人気を獲得するきっかけとなった前作“Currents”から5年。 'Glimmer', especially, sounds like a house record. 964 votes, 25 comments. And I get really hard on myself. For Parker, getting high is a way to escape the twanging of his brain, which can get in the way of his creativity. To be honest, this is another thing that I dragged myself kicking and screaming into doing. A new tour is pending. Not at all. So he was probably stoked to be there with Kevin Parker. My manager reminded me just the other day, actually, when I was finishing up this album. And then I walk offstage feeling like a pop star in the best possible way. I haven't written a single chord progression in the company of another person that made it in the actual song. It's one of the parts of everything that I do that is just unabashed fun. Did somebody send you a completed track and say “What did you think?”. I met him around the time he released his song “Fuckin’ Problems.” I had heard he used “Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?” in his tour video, which I was pretty impressed by. They're not asking for it, but you are able to give it. Last December, Parker released 'Posthumous Forgiveness' as an album single proper, but before that there'd been a nearly seven-month gap when fans had heard nothing new. He should have been, and he wanted to be. Oh, and what kind of kick drum you use, obviously. Because there’s zero second guessing. 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。 There was a song, 'Is It True', that was only half-finished at about midnight. Because he had such a big pressure. STEREOGUM: With “Sundress,” was that strictly a sample, or did you have some creative input on that track? What songs are closest to how you first imagined them? It's a kind of stillness, a preternatural calm that seems to soothe the people around him. It was like a problem to solve, a puzzle to piece together. So I always wanted to make music with other people. Some people hate doing that and I'm one of them. I got the awesome opportunity to talk to our boy Cam all about his new EP! But it’s the kind of thing where we were always going to be musical buddies. 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. But none of them, really. Matt Fink ( Under the Radar ): The last time I talked to you, you explained that your songwriting process eventually breaks down over minute details that most listeners will never even be able to hear. So 'Posthumous Forgiveness' is one-sided in that way. Like hold up on the distorted guitars, you know? But I didn’t meet him until like a year later, whenever “Fuckin’ Problems” came out. Fans got edgy. Nothing was half-baked. I like to think that if I could make Tame Impala music with other people I would. There’s no bullshit. Tame Impala ‘s Kevin Parker thinks Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion ’s hit track ‘WAP’ is a “perfect song”. There was no working on any music at low volume. And if they have a nice voice, it’s nice to hear what my songs would sound like if I was a good singer. But we’re both retrophiles and audiophiles and all that. Like I honestly thought it was hilarious. Not always taste-wise as in being into the exact same artists, but we just think the same things are sick. You have to shake the snow globe up. Yeah. And also trying to find some way to harness that and use it as an energy. No, that would be my own brain. But, look, he's not Jesus, OK? But it didn’t show. Because it's just them caring about 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. It’s everything. Those songs, those rapturous, transportive songs, were his, the fruits of his mind and his fingers and nothing else. 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. I hate my voice too much, and my producer brain just immediately wants to flood it with sounds and noises and drum sounds and shit. I’m honestly not a great singer, but I do what I have to do to make it sound good. STEREOGUM: Like you were willing to try more things? And that’s not indicative of a regular Australian person. It’s classic Mike Skinner ’cause it’s kind of funny, it’s kind of true and poignant at the same time. 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. I guess it was something that I got from growing up, too, realising that adults aren't necessarily any better than children. PARKER: Mark was producing the album, so he’s not into that as a format anyway. When I'm working on something that I've written myself, and no one in the entire world has heard it, I feel like the first person who does is gonna burst into tears of joy and tear off their clothes and run into the ocean. I was also, I think I was a bit offended by the choice of, like, everything. Ultimately, they opted to quarantine Down Under. Which is what I fuckin’ love about him. [5] In the recording studio, Parker writes, records, performs, and produces all of the project's music. What’s the determining factor on how you approach it? It would also make sense of their fervour, which seems religious in its intensity, as though they're experiencing his music as something more than music, something transcendental. Converting something that I do by myself into something that five people stand on stage and perform in front of people is fun. Which is something very close to my heart because I’m rubbish at getting back. How tough was it touring with only two new singles? Is it important to have that sense of chance when you're writing songs? Like it came from a part of me that wasn't calculated, where I don't know where that came from. So yeah, there I was in the studio with Rocky, playing along to my own song for the first time. I just have a different, I guess, way of thinking. How did it change? Like they found a picture of Kevin Parker and it was that guy. He has a new approach to life, as well, which embraces success rather than fleeing it. As a record, it bangs. Some of this sheen could be attributed to the I'm not gonna say anyone because I don't want to jinx it, you know? PARKER: Yeah. I mean, it's funny cos that that one, the putting the chords on loop and going to sleep, I didn't think of that as an experiment. At the beginning of this decade Tame Impala were a beardy psychedelic rock band operating out of Perth, Australia, one of the more isolated cities in … Has success brought more confidence or do you worry about how things are going to be received? Choosing what rhythms to play. I was working on a bunch of stuff, just kind of playing some clips of music that I had. STEREOGUM: And then he came out and performed with you at Coachella. Occasionally he’ll be bummed out by a calendar reminder on his laptop alerting him to which city Tame Impala should have been playing that night, but overall he’s been in good health and good spirits. Because he wasn't courageous or he was only looking out for himself in a particular situation. It was. He’s just really into what he does and is so dedicated. “The music sounds like a band, which I … STEREOGUM: Working with Ronson is also what led to the Lady Gaga record you worked on. In those moments, I wish I was just a pop artist who had people buzzing around doing all these kinds of things around me. The communal uplift of 'The Less I Know The Better', or 'Lost In Yesterday', almost makes me understand why people go to those speaking-in-tongue megachurches. Kevin Parker chose wisely. But it also led to a strange relationship with creativity. Which may be this pot of gold at the bottom of the rainbow that I'm chasing. I hate finding myself in that situation, it makes me uncomfortable. Like, “Oh fuck yeah” — because an American rapper was using my song. I don't just mean on my own, but working that intensely. Now, a pop psychologist might see these unbidden melodies as a form of mental self-protection. I heard a soundalike of “Someday” by the Strokes on the new Ricky Gervais After Life trailer. She’s obviously a busy person, so no, I didn’t chat with her. We love drum sounds. I just suggest something on a whim and it happens. It’s this fuckin’ guilt that I carry around with me. anyway in a lot of settings. It's usually the stuff that I do in between working on the music that I'm passionate about, like, just fucking around the studio is kind of what I do. I still am. Have you done work besides, you know, massive international success? In that same interview, Parker said that his biggest takeaway from making both the previous Tame Impala album, 2015's Currents, and this one was to trust his gut instincts. Everything. I think the label got in touch with them, or maybe because I put it online and it became this kind of public thing, they got in touch with us and they were super apologetic. There's a part of me that wants to run back to the dressing room and there's another part that's like, 'Come on, Kev', just dragging myself on stage. Like, if I just made an album in a week. From about midnight to eight am was when I completed the rest of the song which was writing, recording and mixing. Around the time that he died, I was still pretty young – he died around 10 years ago. Hence why, though I'm fairly confident that he's not actually the Messiah, it's hard to be sure. All the songs that I've worked on with people have been things that I've started on my own and brought to them. Tame Impala's Kevin Parker on His Pop Ambitions: 'I Want to Be a Max Martin' Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker used to prefer solitude. PARKER: Oh, many, many have been visited. The most important stories and least important memes, every Friday. STEREOGUM: Mayer’s a big fan of yours. It's different every time. We were immediately really pumped for it. I was writing lyrics up until the hour that I finished it. If I made an album in one week, some of my fans would consider it my best album. The Number Ones: Genesis’ “Invisible Touch”, The Number Ones: Simply Red’s “Holding Back The Years”, Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments, Eve 6 Guy Is Spilling The ’90s Alt-Rock Tea On Twitter, Boy Band Why Don’t We Sample Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979” On New Single “Slow Down”. He had his own room set up, and we’d be writing lyrics in one room and recording some music, and we’d send bits of music in to BloodPop’s thing, and he’d chop it up and sort of play around with it. I knew I had to do it that way. This content is imported from YouTube. Slow Fitness Is The Best Way To Train In 2020, Louis Vuitton's Master Watchmaker, Michel Navas, Netflix's 'The Eddy' Is A Slow-Burn Gritty Drama. "I've never been able to separate making music with other as a social time from it being a creative time," he says. I don't think I left my house in LA in about two weeks. “Because if we were going to go back to Perth we were going to have to fly — two flights, three airports, which were all potentially coronavirus areas.” Faced with the prospect of borders potentially closing, the couple figured they had to move quickly or not move at all. I can imagine the squad of writers and producers all working together was a culture shock for someone who famously records his own music in isolation. It’s one of those things that… I literally can’t deal, or whatever it is. So I think it was only ever going to be really homegrown with Mark producing it. It was still just like all he wanted to do was make an awesome album. It's just me telling myself that this is how my journey as a music creator will be better and make sense. But in terms of people who were big on Fallon — I didn’t know who Jimmy Fallon was. At the time of our call, he’s been more or less in his element, spending his days alone in the studio working on recording projects he’s not at liberty to discuss. “Honestly for me, it’s kind of business as usual because my studio is like two blocks from my house,” he says. 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. What's the process of turning music you've made on your own into something you can take on tour? I’ve caught that bug. Which is kind of like my M.O. And I hate being stoned in public, right? We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article. Do you know if it’s going to come out? The idea of me writing pop songs that I didn't sing was extremely alluring to me. Which can go catastrophically wrong. He still can't really write with other people, can't split fun time from creating time. But it kind of struck me how I discovered something about my dad after he was dead. Are those "letdowns" what led to the gap? The idea that my albums only occupy a small area of the world of music kind of annoys me. Obviously on the scale of things to feel guilty about it’s obviously not something that I should, but it is. That sounds depressing but it's not". And usually you just kind of press a couple buttons and give them whole sections, but I gave them every little bit of it. So I think in Travis’ sort of grand vision of everything, he’s like, “Oh we’re doing SNL. Going on to bands I was playing in when I was 21, even then making music with my friends was still just a time that I relished as time I got to hang out with my closest friends. 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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. Distorted guitars and hip-hop sometimes go well, like Kanye and Mike Dean, and they can also be a disaster. It was still fun, though. And then, when the time came to tour it, he'd teach his mates how to play the songs he'd written. Because with programming things, it has nothing to do with how good you are at playing the drums. 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. A soundalike is a thing. “The health system in Australia is really good,” Parker reasons. Well, 'Is It True', weirdly enough. Like making brush strokes on a canvas and feeling satisfied with them. I think I looked away as fast as I could because of how cringey it was. Thus far hospitalization has not been necessary. "There's no song that sounds exactly like I imagined it, because when you imagine it, it doesn't really exist. It’s kind of like ever since then, now I see that as like the ultimate studio environment. Which is different to music that is good". Is it tough to collaborate when you've got that urge towards solitariness? This was notable for a number of reasons, one of which was the novelty of someone playing a guitar at a music festival in 2019, but also because, surely, it meant new music. And the more albums [I make], I realise how important that kind of shaking it up is. It was quite abrupt.". Everyone was telling us, “Don’t bother going after them because in China copyright law is heaps more loose. PARKER: We bonded on everything from like ways to mic a drum kit to weird ’60s songs. It just struck me that he was just a regular old person who does shit things sometimes. He speaks to Esquire about forgiveness and perfectionism. It makes me dream, you know? The Tame Impala stuff I’m playing the drums, and with hip-hop I’m programming them. STEREOGUM: When you’re programming drums for a rap record, do you approach it differently than if you’re working on a Tame Impala record? "Months later I listened back to it and I was like, ah, kind of sounds like Seventies rock. But the biggest thing was as soon as I realised that I was doing people's enjoyment of the music a disservice by being kind of shy and just being severely understated. He posted a few years ago about Currents being his favorite album of the past few years. PARKER: Yeah, something like that. It's completely abstract," he says. It's really important to me to feel like I'm on the verge of it all turning to shit. We did a bunch of stuff, but as with all things, I’m not sure if any of that will surface. But he's definitely been reborn. I thought that was cool. Elsewhere in the interview, Parker also clarified whether Tame Impala is considered a band or a solo project. Not just better for me, this will make it better for everyone. That’s the difference it comes down to. On the album, 'Borderline' has taken a new form, one closer to the version that had first materialised in Parker's mind. I was like, 'You're fucking worthless, you're pathetic', but I guess the fact that it is me doing it all, there are more ways that it can grind to a halt. There was him, alone. And you know what? “We were like, what do we do, what do we do?” Parker recalls. STEREOGUM: Did you ever talk to her or meet her or discuss the track at all? 'Let's sit down and let's write those chords that you have to write to finish this song.' Their ocean-crossing summer tour has seen them play venues from beach-side festivals to muddy British fields; a clear indication of their undisputed status as a formidable live act. A band, in the time-honoured meaning. Parker has the ability to induce a kind of collective mania which makes you doubt the veracity of your memories. I spend by far the most amount of time on drums and rhythms of my songs than any other part. And maybe the music wouldn't suffer and maybe it would just be better because I wouldn't be – I have all kinds of thoughts like that, with this album at least. STEREOGUM: So maybe some of you YouTube strivers out there have been visited by Kevin Parker unawares. When I became a teenager I got the shyness thing pretty hard. STEREOGUM: One of your other biggest crossovers into the pop realm was when Rihanna covered your song. Tame Impala、第63回グラミー賞ノミネート作収録楽曲のサイケデリックなMVが解禁 SPECIAL 特集記事 INTERVIEW インタビュー記事 Tame Impala was recently nominated for 2 Grammy awards — “Best Alternative Album” and “Best Rock Song” for the single “Lost In Yesterday.” This marks the third nomination in the Alternative category for Parker, having previously been nominated for Currents and Lonerism . It was almost like karaoke. It hasn't changed my songwriting, but I guess everything else it has. And he was really into it the whole time as well. Take 'Let It Happen', the breakout single from his breakout 2015 album, Currents. STEREOGUM: Before this Saturday Night Live performance you worked on Travis Scott’s Astroworld album. There's no one in the world that I've been around with where I've felt as creative as I do when I'm alone. In the time since that album dropped, with a boost from creative and commercial level-ups like 2012’s Lonerism and 2015’s Currents, Parker has gone from an obscure retro psych enthusiast to one of the gods of the modern festival-scene. His parents – both emigrés, his father a Zimbabwean accountant, his mother a free spirit from South African – divorced when he was four. But I think Travis just wanted him to play. You just forgive them because they're human and they fuck up, you know? 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. That sounds really depressing but it's not. I didn't watch TV. Guesting On … I really wanted to have [the album] finished for that touring season but it was wrong of me to choose timing over quality. We didn’t know who anyone fuckin’ was. Then, nothing. PARKER: At the end of the day, it’s the same. And then fuckin’ two months later he was at my house in LA, shooting a video! And then, around the time that Currents was going platinum and being nominated for Grammys and winning ARIAs (the Australian equivalent), Parker slowly began to disabuse people of an assumption that he'd spent years cultivating. It's an eight-minute psych-rock wig-out, driven by a military drum beat that frequently judders apart like a scratched CD. This dichotomy is encapsulated in his songs, which can feel both intimate and enormous. It was more just like, 'I'm just gonna do this because it seems like a good idea'. That might actually just be because he's a softly spoken Australian who's partial to a joint and who's written some of his best songs stoned out of his tree. What’s the vibe with him in the studio? I was working on some other different pieces too that he didn’t use. But that's why I desperately wanted to have the album out because I wanted to play new music. At the precise moment a young man's social world is meant to expand, Parker had his ripped away. “I think five years ago,” says Kevin Parker, the man who to all intents and purposes is Tame Impala, “the thought of sitting in a room being dissected by journalists would have horrified me.” I just thought it was hilarious. In the last few years, the isolated solo artist has became an in-demand collaborator, who's crafted hits for Travis Scott and Lady Gaga and spent a bunch of studio time with Mark Ronson. They were very clear about it, actually. That’s kind of just how I want to approach it, just not being self-aware. Was this one tougher than the previous ones? I wanted people to hear this hilarious version. Meanwhile Los Angeles County continues to set new daily records for confirmed cases. I couldn’t believe it. We only listened to it at like max volume. “I was gonna call you back, I swear.” [Laughs], PARKER: Around that time everything was new. I'm one of those people that's infinitely curious about things, as well. 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. Let's start with an indisputable fact: Kevin Parker is not Jesus. And she said, 'You fucking said that last time'. Which is wild to think about. I guess it's like artistic fulfilment. Ahead of the album's release, Tame Impala's auteur Kevin Parker sat down with Zan Rowe and opened up in an in-depth interview about the many aspects of his third full-length album. ‘Cause we played a medley of my song and another song, and the other song was one that John Mayer played on. PARKER: I think he got him to play on a couple of his songs, and Travis just wanted him to be there. With Gaga, that’s what drives her is feeling like a true artist. I mean, that's kind of one of the whole things of it, being at peace with the idea of people hating it. the AU review sits down in the Austin Airstream at Austin City Limits (ACL) 2013 with Kevin Parker from Perth's Tame Impala. Yeah, he just got in touch and asked me to do something. I’m just rubbish. 86.0k members in the TameImpala community. And then I finished the whole album the next morning. They come to me when I mentally just want to kind of escape, or mentally fill a void. 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. Tame Impala is the psychedelic music project of Australian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker. But I felt like they overstepped. He played me the song he’d been working on, “Sundress,” which had the sample, and we messed around a bit in the studio. And he has that hair and those warm eyes and the little beard, which combine to make him look like he should be sat at the centre of Leonardo's Last Supper. I can't emphasise enough how important it is to me to feel like I'm just outside my safe zone. There's so much more I want to do. Music had already saved him once, in the wake of his parents' divorce, first when he discovered drums at the music school they sent him too and then when he started dabbling with the guitars that littered his father's house. But we’re also both into the way that old music could be used in a modern sense. But even at larger scales, you can sense his aura. Just to see what happened. The Slow Rush is released worldwide in 14 February. STEREOGUM: They so clearly had just re-created “The Less I Know The Better.” Had they approached you, and you turned them down? I always saw being solitary as a necessity, because I didn't know how to make [music] with people. But this wasn’t that. I honestly believe that. "When I was 14, playing in a rock band in high school, I was more excited by the fact that I was hanging out with my friends than I was about being creative. He has amazing insight into things. PARKER: No, they voluntarily compensated me. 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. 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