Gotye had quite a good 2011: his latest album, Making Mirrors, came in at number one on the ARIA Australian album chart within its first week of release, and he became the first Australian artist since Silverchair to simultaneously hold the top spot with the album and its top single, “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
That single, which also features New Zealand’s breakout singer Kimbra, has launched Gotye's career into superstardom, going eight times platinum and reaching the top spot on 13 national music charts including those in Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, The Netherlands, and the UK.
Riding the wave of success, the Belgium-Australian musician – whose real name is Wouter “Wally” De Backer – will cross the Pacific for a series of performances across North America, including two extremely coveted spots: both sold-out weekends of the Coachella music festival in Indio, California and a 14 April gig on Saturday Night Live.
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"I didn't anticipate it," the 31-year-old, five-time ARIA winning musician told the BBC of his international success. "Not at all. Not the chart success. Not having a pop single around the world. Not at all."
According to the BBC interview, Gotye nearly scrapped the single that launched his worldwide fame when he “hit a brick wall after the first chorus.”
“It took me a few weeks to decide if I should write the second verse from a female perspective,” said Gotye, who enlisted the help of Kimbra to vocalise the verse. "But I stuck with it, and I was really proud once it was finished.”
Gotye’s sold out North American tour will kick off tomorrow in Washington DC.
Check out the video for “Somebody That I Used to Know” below: