Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Can’t Keep Waiting”?
“Can’t Keep Waiting” is my first single release from a new collection of songs. It’s the beginning of a story I’ve been waiting to share with the world. A journey of finding the courage to step into a new version of myself. I started writing this song in New York with a freshly broken heart and finished it in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney just after I finished my degree in Fine Arts.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Finding myself completely lost in life was the initial spark for this song. I wrote it in third person to myself. Stepping outside and looking in at who I had become and what I had been avoiding. At the time I was so afraid of making my own music and art and was so busy making excuses about everyone and everything else preventing me from having the time and space write and create. I finally got real with myself and this is one of the first songs that came out.
Was it easy to marry the artistic undertones with the music on your new visuals?
Absolutely! Connecting visuals with music is my jam!! I wrote this song and we produced it at the same time that I was studying video art at uni. Both the song and video concept were from the same suite of work. I was exploring the same philosophical ideas with songs and visuals trying to find the clearest way to translate what I was thinking and feeling into artwork. I don’t delineate my music from my visual arts practice. They are two elements exist in a perfect symbiotic relationship. Kind of like coral.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
So fun!!! It took 1 year and 5 trips to Brisbane from conception to finish. Here is a list of all the crazy fun things we got to do during the making of this clip.
Get super fit for the 3D full body scans
Buy really nice invisible undies (to wear for the 3D scans)
Sculpting in Virtual Reality
3D print action figure versions of myself
Choreography session with an amazing dancer Jacob Watton (to develop the poses)
Fish tank finding adventures with Briony Law
Body casting (some of which needed to be made twice because I was laughing so much that they came out too happy looking)
Climb into a fish tank shove an extraordinary amount of putty into my nose and learn how to sing under water.
Watch Jaymis operate awesome robot cameras
Eat a lot of Korean fried chicken on our lunch breaks.
How was the recording and writing process?
I recorded the vocals for this song 3 times before we settled on a final version. I originally wrote the song a few keys higher on ukulele. When I took the l demo to Hans we shifted the song into a weightier part of my voice which allowed for us to write the end section together. We used a visual narrative to describe the emotion of the song and how we were going to add the instrumentation and production to it. In this song we imagined starting on the bottom of the ocean floor, trudging with heavy lead boots in the verses and then stepping off into the abyss in the chorus.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
I don’t really work by myself. When I’m on my own is more like a journaling process. I work quickly and sketch ideas out in a very simple way then share them with who ever I am working with as soon as possible. I love working with others to make art and music.
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
You sure can! I have a stack of new songs ready to share. I have another music video ready and two more in development for next year. I am also writing and recording at the moment with Hans Van Vliet and Becki Whitton and working on some collaborations with a few other local artists.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I’ll keep it a surprise but there will be another single and video coming out early next year.
Any plans to hit the road?
I will be touring in 2020
What else is happening next in PARKER’s world?
I have an exhibition of my visual arts on at Sawtooth Gallery in Launceston at the moment. It’s installation and video based work I made in collaboration with drawer and sculptor Jo Lane. We are planning another show in Melbourne mid next year.