Gotye brings world tour to Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Thursday
October 03, 2012
Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gotye will bring one of the biggest international hits of the past year to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Thursday.
But Belgian-born Wally de Backer, the man behind the stage name, has said he knows his fans are delving further into his music than "Somebody That I Used to Know," the smash hit that has made the Top 10 in more than 30 countries, reached No. 1 in 18 countries and amassed 328 million views on YouTube since July 2011.
He told British music magazine NME that he would find it interesting if he saw a "divide" between how he's perceived by the public and by his fans who have delved further into the music.
"If I was to become a one-hit-wonder, I'd be in some good company," he said.
Gotye, adapted from the French equivalent of de Backer's birth name Wouter, began as a bedroom project in 2001 and led to his debut album "Boardface" in 2003. Beginning in 2002, de Backer has also served as drummer for Melbourne-based rock band The Basics.
Since releasing "Eyes Wide Open" and "Somebody That I Used to Know," the first singles from his third studio album "Making Mirrors," Gotye has become a worldwide success. He racked up at last year's Australian Recording Industry Association music awards, with six wins for him and his collaborators, and has was nominated today for five 2012 ARIA awards.
On his website bio, he calls himself a "music-making mutant," and his style is certainly unique. He has sampled records, cassettes and video to produce elements for his songs, but incorporated some more natural sounds in the tracks on "Making Mirrors."
For "Eyes Wide Open," for example, he used Australia's Winton Musical Fence -- five metal strings attached to fence posts built by local musician Graeme Leak -- to pound out the main bass line.
In a July interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, de Backer discussed his experimentation process and how he reached out for new sounds with field recordings.
"I think I have kind of multiple end points in mind," de Backer told reporter Leigh Sales. "I'm wanting to try to find sounds I haven't ever heard before and make music that sounds at least somehow peculiarly different to anything I've heard before, and yet I also really relish using existing pieces of music as the building blocks for what I do. So I love sampling records and cassettes and collaging pieces together, and I love that searching and discovering process which actually defines a lot of the music I've made."
Gotye launched a world tour in May 2012 that will take him to Asia, the Middle East, throughout North America and back to Australia before it's all said and done. Tonight, he'll play the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville before making his way to Tuscaloosa.
At Thursday night's 7 p.m. concert, he will perform on a bill with fellow Australian musicians Missy Higgins and Jonti. Higgins is a star in her own right in her country, having won seven ARIA Awards and scored three straight No. 1 albums.
A quick look at Ticketmaster's website shows tickets in the tiered seats are still available for $30.72 and $48.62 including fees. Tickets can also be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater box office and by phone at 800-745-3000.