THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Gotye

 |   |  2 min read

Gotye: Eyes Wide Open
THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Gotye

With his third album Making Mirrors, Belgian-Australian singer-producer and multi-instrumentalist Gotye -- Wally De Backer -- rode the wave of approval in his home country. The album topped the charts on release at the same time as he held to top spot on the singles chart with the exceptional Somebody That I Used to Know, which featured Kiwi expat vocalist Kimbra.

That song -- likened in Elsewhere's album review to a kind of dramatic post-break-up version of the Peter Gabriel-Kate Bush hit Don't Give Up -- has also had seriously big video hits also, and went to number two on the New Zealand charts.

Gotye took time out to answer the Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire -- and lo and behold, look at his answer to our first question which is . . .

The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .

Don’t Give Up- Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush

Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .
Wham!

Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana, Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?
John Oswald - Plunderphonics (or “all of the above”)

If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .
Town crier

The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .
I’ve Been Over The Rainbow, from the Wozard of Iz soundtrack (music by Mort Garson, vocal...I don’t know)
Oh Ma, The Sea Is Rising - Machine Translations
The Four Horsemen - Aphrodite’s Child

Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home?
An iron-on Downstares teeshirt, chopped to bits for a rag

The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .
Perfecting Sound Forever - Greg Milner

If you could get on stage with anyone it would be . . . (And you would play?)
Paul McCartney, somewhere between the late Sixties and early Seventies. I’d be on drums (maybe BVs)

office_spaceThe three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .
Hmmm....nah. Nothing that would provide much insight there
Here’s three films I like
Hidden (Cache) - dir. Michael Haneke
Edward Scissorhands - dir. Tim Burton
Office Space - dir. Mike Judge

The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)
Bon Iver- Bon Iver. I bought it first, impulsively, on CD. Then had to buy the vinyl (which came with free download). Three versions, and it’s worth it!

One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .
Shaddapa You Face - Joe Dolce

The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .
Violator - Depeche Mode

You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .
“Love”

David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing . . .?
Travelling the world on a shoestring, relying on the kindness of strangers

And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”
Everything getting better with the age

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   The Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire articles index

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Guy Wishart

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Guy Wishart

Auckland singer-songwriter Guy Wishart has been missing in inaction for far too long. But we forgive him, for the past four years he has been living in India and Thiland. Those with long... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Grace Brebner

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Grace Brebner

In the middle of this month -- June 21st touchdown, June 25th a concert at Auckland's Town Hall -- the Beatles made direct contact with New Zealand. The reception here 50 years ago was much... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . Lizzy Mercier Descloux

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . Lizzy Mercier Descloux

So who was it rocked into downtown New York in the mid Seventies with her head full of Rimbaud? Who fell in with the CBGB crowd, had Richard Hell as a partner who saw her as his muse, and whose... > Read more

GUEST WRITER MADELINE BOCARO sees Patti Smith in NYC acknowledging her classic album Horses 40 years on

GUEST WRITER MADELINE BOCARO sees Patti Smith in NYC acknowledging her classic album Horses 40 years on

Jeez . . . "Do you know how to pony?"    We are here at the famous Beacon Theater in New York City, Patti Smith's adopted homeplace to find out. And the ghosts are all... > Read more