Tame Impala is the project of Australian musician Kevin Parker (b January 20, 1986), who writes, records and produces all the material.
Born and raised in Perth, an isolated city on the west coast of Australia, Parker took up the drums aged 11, and began recording on his family's two tape decks.
Tame Impala emerged in 2007 as a Kevin Parker home-recording project. Parker's father was an accountant from Zimbabwe, and his mother came from South Africa. The name Tame Impala, after the fleet-footed antelope, derives from Parker's African connections.
Parker studied astronomy at university. On his way to his last astronomy exam, Modular Recordings, then one of the hottest labels in Australia, contacted him. The label told Parker they wished to sign Tame Impala and upon hearing this, he promptly pulled a U-turn and ditched the exam.
Parker works out of a Perth home studio that's in a beach shack 100 meters from the ocean. He records late at night after having a few drinks. "Things flow easier - the flow is the most important thing for me for recording," Parker told Billboard magazine.
Parker first met Dominic Simper, aged 13, in their music class at John XXIII College, Perth. Simper is now a member of Tame Impala touring band, playing guitar and synthesizer.
Away from Tame Impala, Parker has worked as a producer with the likes of Kanye West, Travis Scott, Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson.
Kevin Parker married Sophie Lawrence, the co-founder of the Australian ice-cream company Denada Co, on February 9, 2019. The ceremony took place at a Western Australia vineyard with a reported 175 guests. The Tame Impala song "Instant Destiny
" details Parker's state of mind when he proposed to her.