Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker: ‘Collaborating with Kanye West was an absolute saga’
Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has been discussing his contributions to Kanye West’s recent album ye.
Parker revealed how he was previously invited by West send over any material the Tame Impala man was currently working on. In response, Parker sent a production sampled of ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’, by 60s psych-rockers Vanilla Fudge.
When he didn’t get a response from West, Parker assumed that his work had been refused. However, when tuning into the livestream of West’s new record, he heard his samples had been used. What ensued was further confusion when Parker believed he was featured on West’s track ‘Ghost Town’ but instead he ended up being credited for the song ‘Violent Crimes’.
“That was an absolute saga,” he told the Evening Standard. “It was uncannily poor timing. That’s the thing about being a rogue contributor: you’re not in the driver’s seat, so you don’t really know how things are gonna pan out. From working on it, to it actually emerging into the world, there’s a lot in between.
“It’s definitely therapeutic to let go of control and just be someone hitting tennis balls off a cliff,” he added.