19 April 2012
It is no secret that most singers in this day and age seek help in the songwriting department- generally from an elite group of people who churn out hit after hit.
But it was a relatively unknown songwriter that was paired up by Interscope records with their then new talent Lana Del Rey.
Justin Parker, a former professional footballer whose career ended after a knee injury, was the one that penned the haunting music behind Lana's runaway hit Video Games.
He said of the experience, "I wrote the chord sequence for the verse at home in Lincoln and thought 'that sounds like a Lana song to me'".
"She was amazing, she followed every chord. She wrote the lyrics and it was all written in three hours. There's a melancholic side to her and we've both had dark times so it was a natural progression for the song to feel that way."
Parker also co-wrote Del Rey's official single, Born To Die, but despite Lana's unprecedented success he doesn't hold much hope for the future.
"It's probably downhill from here. I've got more options but people aren't exactly knocking on the door."