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We sat down with Gotye to ask him some questions about his songwriting, of different relationships and different points in those relationships that prompted ML: How did you end up connecting with Kimbra for the song? me writing these songs and the cliche that "songwriting is cheaper than therapy. What Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' Teaches About Relationships Kimbra) - official video Film clip for the Gotye song Somebody That I Used To. So, does Gotye have any relationship advice? "Can I do it in So in year-old New Zealander Kimbra he found his perfect musical match.
Partners are continually asking questions related to nurturing, soothing, and protection, just like a baby and a parent: Are you here for me?
Will you respond to me? People are hard-wired with a need for emotional contact and responsiveness. The lack of emotional response from our partner is traumatizing, and most people will go to great lengths in order to get a response.
But sometimes couples have never learned how to bid for response in a healthy way.
What Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ Teaches About Relationships
So they resort to silent treatments, nagging, or working late hours. Relationships start off connected and attached. But over time all couples experience times of disconnection. We sat down with Gotye to ask him some questions about his songwriting, his inspirations, and his fans. As a singer-songwriter how do you go about writing your lyrics? Is it something that comes relatively easy to you? I find I tend to have to wait for things to jump out at me, I'm not a scribbler with lots of ideas.
It tends to be actually playing with sounds and samples and instruments that prompts the moment when a lyric and a melody come together and I see the possibility of a song unfolding. Otherwise I don't tend to dream up lyrics on their own. So your songwriting comes from a musical place as opposed to words? Yeah, it's like I need the canvas full enough with the sense of a song or an arrangement, or a mood, to then prompt a concept and a lyric.
So you've been making albums since and you're just now breaking into North America, which I think is a testament to the power of a single song. I wrote it in lateand it took about 5 or 6 months until mid when the recording was actually finished.
The song deals with a breakup, is that taken from a personal experience? Not recently, I mean I've had a few breakups over the years of course, but it's more the memory of different relationships and different points in those relationships that prompted certain images and certain lines that came out in the song. And then those memories were kind of stretched out and embellished and there were elements of fiction added, so it's really a collection of things.
What's it been like to see and hear from people who have connected on such a deep level with that song? It varies, you know. You get so many different emails, and people mixing, remixing, parodying, covering the song.
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Responses at shows have been quite ecstatic at times. It's amazing to see people going absolutely crazy singing along with every song and every word. It's kind of exciting, and kind of freaky as well. Is it vulnerable having such a personal song be so popular with so many people?
I don't feel too vulnerable. As a song to perform it does require a lot of focus and a lot of energy that can be hard to call on night after night. I think to sing it like I really believe it, I need to kind of go through a bit of an emotional rollercoaster to really sing it properly, which can be really tiring night after night. I wouldn't say I feel exposed though, no. How did you end up connecting with Kimbra for the song?
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I was enamoured that he knew music I never had access to, bands like Interpol, Incubus and Mars Volta. Nothing ever happened with him, though. I was more of a dreamer. My first kiss was at a party when I was It was a non-event but I felt crushed when I saw him go off with another girl at the end of the night.
That was pretty tough as a teenager. I am the sort of person who definitely likes being in relationships. I have had some significant long-term relationships and I have been in a relationship with someone for the past year. When I find someone I really like, I want to commit and give it a good go.Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) - official video
But because I have been so career-driven and on tour a lot, I have also spent a lot of time single. It's been good to get to know myself better and get to know what I am looking for next.
I'm definitely interested in having a family and getting married. It is something I would like to do, for sure. Prince heard my music through my friend Janelle Monae and he told her he loved a song of mine called Carolina. To know that he listened to my entire album and wanted to pass on his opinion is amazing. Singer John Legend and I started talking on Twitter around I sang on his album and then we did a writing session together.
It led to him helping me on my second album, The Golden Echo.