Feel The Spark with Parker: An Interview
Whenever I’m listening to electronic music these days, I’m listening for something unique, something that I haven’t heard over and over again. This involves clever genre mixing through a fluid narrative and inspiring resolve. When I first listened to Parker‘s new EP, Spark, I was blown away from the story telling. Throughout the EP, there are elements of indie, electronic, house, pop, trap, drum & bass, dubstep, moombahton, and chillstep that blend together like nothing I’ve heard recently. His music is super uplifting and fun – this guy knows how to play with energy and anticipation.
The Spark EP is the debut EP from newest SLVYVLL (Borgore, Getter, etc) signee, Parker. The second track on the EP, Spark, premiered on Skrillex’s Nest HQ. He’s surrounded by great company, and has been critically acclaimed by some of the greats in the industry today. From what I’ve heard from his debut EP, I’m excited to hear what comes next from this upcoming producer/DJ.
I had the opportunity to interview Parker below. You know the drill, click play on the soundcloud embed below and read the entire interview for the FULL Parker experience.
Where are you from and how has that shaped the musician you are today?
From San Jose Bay Area! I love it there so much. Nothing beats it! If I didnt grow up there… I probably wouldnt be where I’m at today!
What instruments did you play when you were younger?
I played guitar and sang in middle school!
Are there an instruments that you currently wish you COULD play?
Piano… Sounds weird because you would think I know how to play the piano from making melodies in Ableton but nope. I hope to one day master the piano!
Tell us the story of how you started creating music on your computer?
Well, I always wanted to at a young age. I would listen to a bunch of styles growing up, but within dance music. Happy Hardcore/ Hardstyle really helped me create melodies that I was singing into my phone. Then, I finally decided to install Fruity Loops, which was my first DAW. I would play the recording of my voice and put down the midi in FL. It all kinda started from there!
What was your favorite studio moment when producing your new EP, Spark?
The phrase “play that shit” before the drop got me extremely hyped and had me imagining playing it live. At that point, that really pushed me to finish that song and the rest of the tracks right away!
Tell me the story of how this upcoming management company found you and why you decided to work with them.
Long answer to this one, but I’m going to try and explain it as quick as possible! Around 2014 I went to EDC under a old project. I didn’t know a single soul, but Borgore and Steven (my current manager) really made me feel comfortable and not alone. We kicked it the whole weekend and held a tight relationship outside of the music industry after. Steven is the best. I wouldn’t be here without him. I came to him with “Parker” when it was a fresh idea with a TON of music. He was sold at that point. I trust him with my career and I trust his vision with Parker. ANY up and coming artist out there, if u want to work with someone, they should believe in your project just as much as you do! As well as the entire team that you eventually work with <3
Tell me the story behind your logo. Who is that? Your logo pillow looks quite comfortable.
The logo was an idea I had to resemble a little kid drawing of a happy super hero. I wanted it to resemble happiness. When we were young, we didn’t have a worry in the world. We were always happy. That little parker dude along with the music works so well together. If you listen to the music, it should fill you with happiness! And yes, I sleep with my pillow.
What do you like to do when you’re simply hanging out – aside from music?
I love to hang with my dog OR play video games with friends. I love my dog so much. He’s literally the best, cutest thing in the world. Gaming is the best thing to take your mind off things. Both really help me get by when I want to just hang out!
Who are your musical influences?
There are so many, but if I were to stick to just house music, the artists that really pushed me to start producing full time are Avicii, Skrillex, Zedd, Porter Robinson, Sander Van Doorne, and Afrojack. I remember always watching Avicii on youtube back in 2011. It was the most inspiring thing ever. That really pushed me to be where I am now, and I STILL watch those videos to this day. It’s so important to go back to old roots for creativity!
Who is one of your favorite acts right now to watch live?
This may be very random but Martin Garrix. I’ve been a huge garrix fan since Keygen. Anytime there would be a stream of his set, I wouldn’t miss is. The reason why I love his sets so much is because he keeps it so original. 95% of the music he plays is his own and the crowd goes wild EVERYTIME. It’s all very unique to me.
What are some of your favorite venues to play and why?
I recently played Beta Nightclub in Denver, and that was INSANE. Hands down the coolest venue with the best sound. The crowd was crazy. They had no chill, and it was absolutely incredible. I really hope to be playing that club again very VERY soon!
What DAW do you use and why?
Ableton! Because, Ableton is life. It’s so easy to navigate. I can bump tracks out in a couple hours from how quickly I work.
Do you have a typical music production process? If yes, can you explain it?
I always start with the melody first. Then the drop/build. Intro and outros last. I mix down my songs as I’m working on them. I know some people mix everything down once the idea is done, but I like to mix during the process of creation!
What is one of your favorite or go-to VST Plugin?
I love Spire because there is so much you can do with it. The sounds are so thick sounding!
Do you have a key production tip for our young producers out there?
My biggest tip for young producers is to always finish their music. Doesn’t matter how new you are or how bad you are at the start. Finish it. You learn so much about your work/ flow/arrangements, which is so key to music production. Also, never give up. Sounds generic, but I’ve had countless records where I wanted to stop working on them because I was stuck. But I kept pushing through, and they ended up being some of my best work!
Do you have a favorite in-studio snack?
This is so funny… I usually Don’t eat anything when I’m producing. I am usually starving when I’m producing, but I never eat until I finish the track. By the time I’m done and remember to eat, I pig out – hahaha!
If you were a Spotify playlist, which one would you be?
100% dancePOP because my new track Afterglow just got put in there, and I’m still so excited!!!
What is next for Parker?
So many exciting things happening.. I have some HUGEE show annoucements coming next year that I think people will be blown away by! Also a ton of new music. I have another small EP next month, which I’m very excited about! Also, new merch which people will love.. A LOT OF GREAT STUFF IN THE WORKS!