M83’s Anthony Gonzalez has taken his widescreen electronica on the road with the likes of Kings of Leon and the Killers. He’s recorded a double-disc answer to the Smashing Pumpkins’ Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and has even seen his work show up in the occasional Miley Cyrus song.
But after his set at the Coachella festival this past weekend (yes, there were artists besides Holo-Tupac that performed), he’s really dreaming big: He wants to make Katy Perry’s next album.
“I think I saw Katy Perry dancing [to] ’Midnight City’ yesterday night,” Gonzalez wrote on his Facebook page following his performance.
“Katy, let me write your next album!”
For the uninitiated, “Midnight City” is the fantastic single off M83’s dynamic 2011 double album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, and yes, Perry was right in front when Gonzalez played it (here’s photographic proof). And following the performance, Perry tweeted, “M83 ONLY.” But does any of that mean a collaboration between the two might be in the works?
We’re not sure, but when MTV News sat down with Perry last month in London — for the premiere of her “Part of Me” video
— we asked her to name her current favorite artists, and she definitely let it be known that
M83 was at the top of her playlist.
“I’ve been listening to, well, I guess it would have to be M83’s last record, this past record,” she said, before singing a few bars of “City.” “I think I’m going to see him at Coachella. Oh man, I’m so there. I love it so much.”
Of course, she didn’t stop there — turns out, Perry’s also fallen under the spell of Björk’s Biophilia, too. So could the follow-up to Teenage Dream turn into a decidedly cool affair? Perhaps.
“The latest Björk record is incredible [too],” she said. “I was doing some fashion stuff two weeks ago and it was all Björk, and I was like, ’Oh my God, it’s so electrifying.’ I could never be her, because she’s one of a kind. I’d never want to try and cop her style, but I’ll do my own thing.”