Gotye's huge hit 'Somebody That I Used To Know' almost never happened

9 January 2013 / 3 years 9 months ago

Source: The Straits TimesOne of the biggest songs of the past year almost never made it out of the recording studio.Australian-Belgian artist Gotye found global fame through the viral tune, Somebody That I Used To Know, but he tells Life! in an exclusive interview that he almost gave up on the song.The 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist says: "I felt like I dragged it over the line on the recording. I had a sense that it had some strength about it when I was first writing it. But as it dragged on, it just became a matter of whether to finish it or not."I heaved a sigh of relief when it was done, so I wasn't thinking about how it would be received commercially or how people would connect to it. But it's good that I finished it and I didn't give up on it at any stage."The song went to No. 1 in more than 20 countries around the globe and became the most downloaded song in the United States, registering 6.7 million downloads, beating established pop stars such as Maroon 5 and Nicki Minaj. It is also the biggest-selling single of last year on the British charts.It also helped that the music video became an Internet meme, spawning countless spoofs, tributes and cover versions that spread like wildfire throughout social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Reddit.Gotye is one of the main acts on the line-up of the upcoming indie music festival Laneway, to be held at The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay, on Jan 26.Somebody That I Used To Know features vocals from New Zealand singer-songwriter Kimbra, who is also one of the top draws at the 14-act, 12-hour long Laneway festival.

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