Posted: 1 May, 2015
Kevin Parker lets loose some Tame Impala treasures & here are the highlights...
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Kevin Parker from Tame Impala did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit yesterday that has BLOWN UP the Interwebz.
Tame Impala’s new album Currents is looking to drop later this year. We’ve already heard the singles ‘Cause I’m A Man’ and ‘Let It Happen’, and up until now the boys have kept quiet about what’s to come.
But yesterday Parker hit us with all the juicy details in the fan-directed online thread. And here are the gems:
1. Tame Impala only recently started making money from International record sales.
“You want to know a story? Up until recently, from all of Tame Impala’s record sales outside of Australia I had received…. zero dollars. Someone high up spent the money before it got to me. I may never get that money.”
You read correctly. Apparently some mongrel business-suits ripped the boys off and left them high and dry. And it’s more common than you think. The music industry, like any business, is run on money after all.
“Blackberry and some tequila brand or something put my song in an ad. Then [with that money] I bought a house and set up a studio. I know what you’re thinking…”Wait so…when I bought an album I was helping some businessman pay for his mansion on an island somewhere, and when some dude bought a mobile phone he was helping to pay an artist? WHYYY?”,” wrote Parker.
“I’ll tell you why, IT’S MONEY. It doesn’t always go where you want it to go.”
2. Kevin <3’s Kanye.
Out of allllllll of the contemporary artists out there for Kevin “Prince of Psychedelic” Parker to admire…he chooses Kanye West. He does give his reasons! But the jury’s still firmly out on this one…
“I have to say I am very inspired by Kanye West. There’s something about his overt confidence in the face of judgement and doubt, that for someone as self-questioning as me to break off a bit of that and ingest it, it only propels you forward as an artist… Second-guessing and hesitation and doubt are such inhibitors for artists, especially these days. I can’t help but think that Kanye has found the antidote.”
3. The new album Currents is more 'Pop' than 'Psychedelic'.
Now 'Pop' music (short for Popular Music) is a bloody vast genre of music, and pretty much anything in the music charts today can be umbrella'd under the guise. But it's pretty rare to find a rocker that's totally fine with the label...
“I’ve always thought all Tame Impala was total pop (whatever pop is these days). I guess because I don’t hear the oceans of reverb and distortion… which can influence ones perception of the “genre” of a song no doubt. Like I heard this full on piano ballad R&B cover of ‘Backwards ‘once, and I was like “Whoa! Is that my song??” There’s a lot of different stuff on the new album, it definitely has the most variation of any album I’ve done in the past.”
4. Who does he turn to when the mood gets a little sexy?
"...Frank Ocean comes to mind." Hell yeah he does! But so do these sweet baby-makin' jams...
5. He waved a gigantic dildo at fans from a moving van with Mac Demarco.
The life of a rockstar is...unique.
“Mac is a great guy. He and his croneys are loose units. I left Coachella in their van and they were waving a HUGE dildo out the window at passersby. Then we ended up in his Jacuzzi somehow.”
6. Even Sean Lennon thinks he sounds like John Lennon.
“Funny story though: we were playing a show with Sean Lennon’s band and we decided it’d be fun for him to come and sing backups for ‘Desire Be’. I said it’d work because we have the similar voices. He smiled and said “Yeah. You sound like my dad!” Honestly, I NEVER heard it myself. For a long time I assumed it was just something someone said and then people ran with it. Then I was travelling in the car with my brother who I hadn’t seen in a long time, and he was playing me one of his recordings. And I went “dude you sound like John Lennon!” and he said “yeah didn’t you ever hear dad sing? He totally sounded like him” suddenly it made more sense.”
What an honour!
And you can definitely hear it in The Beatles trip-out "Tomorrow Never Knows":
7. His music taste is supreme.
“I have no number 1 [favourite album]. Any of Air – Talkie Walkie. Supertramp – Breakfast in America. Michael Jackson – Thriller. QOTSA – Rated R.”
8. He might rock a Splendour Sideshow with Mac Demarco!
“OOOOHHH I DON’T KNOWWW MAYBEEE. Srlsy though… maybe.”
ARGH! Can you be anymore vague?!
Hit the Triple M Super Splendour Sideshow Guide for updates!
9. His Rap alter ego is worth it...
"[My Rap name would be] Defs Worthit"
10. HE DROPPED A NEW TRACK ON US!
New Tame Impala - 'Disciples'