Lady Gaga has explained the process behind her new single ‘Perfect Illusion’ - which she wrote alongside Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, BloodPop, and Mark Ronson.
Speaking to Nick Grimshaw on this morning’s edition of the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Gags revealed that Kevin had far more to do with the song than a bit of production work and desk-manning. It turns out he played a huge role in writing the song, and the initial ideas were his.
“Kevin flew to us from Australia and he came with this idea, that was the beginning of a song called Illusion,” Lady Gaga told Grimmy. She also revealed that she likes to write her lyrics on a typewriter (how very Jack Kerouac of her!). “I work on a typewriter and we would bounce new lyrics back and forth [between me and Kevin Parker],” she added.
“We stripped everything away,’ Lady Gaga explained. “Changed the melody, shifted it. I sat at piano, Kevin was on guitar, Mark was on the bass.”
A list of production credits posted by Mark Ronson also reveal that the opening guitar riff on ‘Perfect Illusion’ comes courtesy of Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age.
Listen to ‘Perfect Illusion’ below.