Q&A Scene: Tash Parker ~ PARKER

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

I started writing this song in New York on tenor ukulele and finished writing it in the Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney.  It’s about finding myself again after being in a long relationship.  It’s a meditation of self discovery and strength that helped me step into the unknown.  A reminder that I am always exactly where I need to be in life and to just let go and trust.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

I’m always most in love with whatever song I’m currently writing.  The one I started last week that doesn’t have a second verse yet is on repeat in my mind right now.

In terms of my favourite completed work, I would have to say my new single and video for Can’t Keep Waiting.  I feel it truely represents my ability and sensibility as an artist and musician but also shows how much I love to work collaboratively.  The creation of this song and video was a true collaboration between myself, Hans Van Vliet (producer), Becki Whitton (mixing mastering engineer), Jaymis Loveday (technology artist and director of photography) and Briony Law (sculptor). I feel it is easier to love what you make when you share the experience with others and allow the work to be about the connection and not ego.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

I love this question! I use visual metaphor to articulate sonic experiences so to translate the music synesthetically to taste would have to involve what the food looks like more than what it tastes like.  Some kind of blue coloured bubble tea comes to mind.  It’s not too sweet, a bit mysterious, has fun textural surprises and you can enjoy it any time of the day.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

That time I filled my nose with putty and climbed into a fish tank to mime the lyrics to Can’t Keep Waiting comes to mind.  We also used a sous vide to warm the tank water to a perfect 37 degrees.  No suffering for art necessary.  Just a lot of giggles.

What, or who, inspires you?

I’ve been fascinated with underwater worlds for the past few years.  Hans and I used visual references from the deep sea to help create the sonic palette for this collection of songs I’ve been working on.  I’ve been researching, watching a lot of documentaries and reading some incredible books in the last year on this theme.  Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith is a book about the evolution of consciousness in cephalopods.  I learned they are the closest life form to an alien as their consciousness developed completely independently from mammals.  Isn’t that wild!!! Now I’m reading The Cosmic Connection by Carl Sagan.  He would have loved the idea that we’ve been living with alternate intelligent beings all this time.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

The second half of She’s The Star/I Take This Time by Arthur Russell. I released a cover of this half of the song a few years ago because at the time I was writing a lot of songs about heartbreak and when I heard it I realised that it articulated exactly how I was feeling.  There is a clarity of emotion to that song but a complexity to its expression.  My version was an interpretation as there were no lyrics available to reference and it’s hard to understand exactly what he was singing.  I like the way ambiguity enables more opportunity to connect with a song or an artwork.

What’s next for you?

I’m so excited about how many new songs and visual projects I have to share next year.  Hans Van Vliet is currently working on a music video that is also a video game for my next single.  And I am collaborating with Jaymis Loveday and Norwegian artist Gina Thorstensen on a VR project.

What’s your scene?

Watching a sunrise with friends.

PARKER ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO ‘CAN’T KEEP WAITING’ + ARTIST RESIDENCY & EXHIBITION ‘YOU, ME AND THAT OTHER THING’ AT SAWTOOTH ARI on NOW!

Gifted visual artist, songwriter and musician PARKER has today announced her iridescent new single Can’t Keep Waiting, a once-in-a-lifetime song, one that soundtracks a grand leap into the unknown and away from everything comfortable and safe, set for release today, October 4.  PARKER has also announced a cinematic video clip to accompany the track, made in collaboration with director and technology artist Jaymis Loveday (Emma Louise, Ball Park Music) and sculptor Briony LawPARKER has just completed an artist residency at Sawtooth ARI gallery alongside drawer and sculptor Jo Lane, in order to prepare their upcoming exhibition You, Me and that Other Thing, an exploration into human connection.  The official opening of You, Me and that Other Thing will took place on Friday October 4 from 6PM at Sawtooth ARI in Tasmania and is running for one month, and will include a screening of the Can’t Keep Waiting video clip.

Can’t Keep Waiting is transcendental, meditative; at times it feels almost ambient, with heavy, industrial percussion and repetitive synth patterns.  But one thing that pulls the track into a truly close, emotive space is PARKER’s soft, intimate yet commanding voice.  Evocative of Massive Attack and the lyrical and vocal prowess of Lana Del Rey, Can’t Keep Waiting is epic and overflows with the power of primal human emotion. Can’t Keep Waiting is about gathering the courage to be honest with myself.  It’s about letting go of all that is safe and familiar in life in order to evolve and grow,” explains Parker.  “I believe it’s in the moments when we feel completely lost that we find the opportunity to discover something new about ourselves.  Nothing is permanent, everything can change.  Each moment we have the ability to create ourselves anew.”

Already receiving multiple accolades, including Best Concept at Clipped Music Video Festival in Sydney, Best Music Video at the Los Angeles Film Awards, New York Film Awards and Top Shorts, not to mention selection for screening at the Austria International Film Festival, the clip for Can’t Keep Waiting is a triumph of a true marriage between sound, visual art, and cinema.  Made by PARKER, in collaboration with Jaymis Loveday and Briony Law, the clip sees clay mounds, turning gracefully to human forms, dissolving in a deep-seascape with very little light from above.  PARKER displays a clear and intricate understanding of her art, as she describes the clip, “The clip concept for this song was born out of a video installation work I made called Dissolving Self.  Dissolving Self was a projection installation of a video art work.  The video was a of a clay cast of my face dissolving in water set on a loop that made it look like it was falling apart and then rebuilding.  I showed the work to my friend Jaymis Loveday and he suggested we make an extension of the work by creating full body casts and miniature models using a larger tank and cinematography techniques in the filming.  Brisbane based sculptor Briony Law worked closely with me on the sculpting of the plaster landscapes and made all of the body casts and moulds for us to create the figures.”

You, Me and that Other Thing is the title of the upcoming exhibition that will see PARKER and Jo Lane explore the many facets of human connection.  The exhibition will consist of three parts: historic works where inspiration has already manifested, a transition piece, and the work from an experimental performance of unity. PARKER and Jo Lane have spent the last two weeks in residency at Sawtooth ARI, working side by side in a dedicated studio space where the exhibition will take place. Giving her audience a taste of what to expect from the exhibition, PARKER enthuses, We will create a body of work together around the theme of human connection combining Jo’s skills in drawing and sculpting and mine in sound and video.  The Exhibition will combine a collection of our existing works and the new work we make during the residency.”

 

PARKER is Tash Parker.

Can’t Keep Waiting is out now and the You, Me and that Other Things exhibition will take place today at Sawtooth ARI at 6pm (October 4)

FRI 4 OCT | SAWTOOTH ARI, LAUNCESTON TAS | 18+ | FREE ENTRY

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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