// Lily Parker
Based in Melbourne, Lily Parker's dream-pop is hypnotic, catchy and understated with carefully crafted melodies and lyrics that explore philosophical questions and intimate snapshots of personal tales. Influenced by artists such as Lykee Li, Little Dragon and Thom Yorke, her music takes audiences into a world of sensory experiences, with smooth agile vocals accompanied by minimalist keys lines that fill out into lush harmony, using musical colours to paint pictures in the mind.
Q&A, with Lily Parker (singer & keys)Define your genre in five words or less:
Dream PopHow long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?
I've been playing music since I started having piano lessons when I was 8 years old. I started singing when I was fifteen because I wanted to write songs and I've been writing performing solo and in bands ever since, so about ten years or so. I remember being really inspired by a song by Norah Jones called 'Come Away With Me', because it is so beautifully simple and expresses the feeling of the song so well in such few words, which is something I'm always trying to achieve with my songwriting.If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
Hmm travel back in time..so they don't have to be dead, just earlier versions of themselves? Most of my musical hero's are still alive. I'd love to show Katie Noonan my songs, she is such an inspiring, talented and a thoughtful musician. Shes been really successful in the music industry over a long period of time, always working on new projects, collaborations and pushing boundaries. I'd love to be able to do the same thing with my career.What are your favourite venues?
There's a lot of great venues around. In Melbourne I like the Toff in Town and the Workers Club and I love playing at the Northcote Uniting Church, because the acoustics are amazing in there. I'd love to record a solo album there one day.What are your top 5 favourite albums?
Thriller In Rainbows (Radiohead) The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Little Dragon (Self Titled) Rubber Factory (The Black Keys)What is your most memorable gig (playing or watching)?
My most memorable gig was singing in the Sweet Monas choir at Ballarat at the Eureka 150 World Musical Festival, which took place to mark 150 years since the Eureka Stockade. The Sweet Monas is a world music choir that I sung in for about 6 years in Ballarat. We sung just before Hugh Masekela played, which is a fantastic South African artist that I grew up listening to because my dad loved South African music. The crowd was huge, and we got to sing a song with Hugh playing saxophone and improvising over the song, it was a really amazing experience.Where do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc
I draw inspiration from other music that I engage with, and from personal experiences. I sort of do have a process, yes. I usually start with a musical hook or chord progression and I play it until some lyrics come to me, which are usually disjointed. The melody comes before the lyrics, I might just be singing it on 'ah' or a simple lyric. Then I kind of nut out a basic idea of what the song might be about and brainstorm some lyrics. At the same time I continue to work on the chord progression and crafting a melody. Close to finishing, I usually try to cut out words from the lyrics that might not be necessary, to simplify. The main thing is that the music comes before the lyrics for me.