In what may be the most unexpected, and possibly most epic, East meets West collaboration yet, PSY revealed to Italy’s L’Uomo Vogue that he has teamed with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler for a new track.
The K-pop rapper, who is the magazine’s October cover star, said, “When I was in middle school, I literally cried when Aerosmith were singing ‘Crazy’ or ‘Amazing’ or whatever. They were my lifetime role models, and now I am collaborating with Steven Tyler, what the fuck, man? (laughter) I love my life.”
PSY added that fans may hear new songs as early as November and that he has “a lot of relations with a lot of U.S. artists,” possibly hinting more Western collabos are coming soon.
The 35-year-old also cited other classic rock acts as inspiration, namely Freddie Mercury. “His songwriting skills, I cannot even approach,” he said of the late Queen frontman. “But his showmanship, everything I know about the stage, I learned it from his videos. I had a huge rock band mania; Queen, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses.”
In May, the “Gentleman” star tweeted a photo with the Aerosmith frontman when they met in Singapore for the 2013 Social Star Awards.
— PSY (@psy_oppa) May 23, 2013
Tyler responded to the K-pop star saying it was “a pleasure” and “an honor.”
Since breaking out in summer 2012 with “Gangnam Style,” PSY has horsey danced alongside the likes of Madonna, Britney Spears and MC Hammer. He hasn’t released new songs with Western superstars, but did enlist Diplo, 2 Chainz, Tyga and Afrojack for a remix EP in March. As well, a studio version of the MC Hammer mashup he performed at the 2012 American Music Awards was released in November.