Third album's a charm for Gotye
With his third studio record, "Making Mirrors," Gotye is finally finding the success he yearned. The single "Somebody That I Used To Know" is one of 2012's most ubiquitous tracks.
But in creating "Making Mirrors," the artist, also known as Belgian-Australian musician Wally De Backer, grappled with insecurity.
"The biggest challenge was just overcoming self-doubt and struggling with the sound of the tracks I was trying to make," De Backer told SoundSpike. "I mixed things a number of times and things weren't sounding the way I wanted them to sound. That was the part that I struggled with the most."
His work paid off. In its first week of release, "Making Mirrors" hit No. 1 on the Australian ARIA albums chart while "Somebody That I Used To Know" reached the top singles spot. De Backer was the first Australian act to do so since Silverchair accomplished the double-crown feat in 2007. In America, "Making Mirrors" charted at No. 7 and has hit gold status.
Even though "Making Mirrors" is a hit, De Backer is still unhappy -- specifically with the song "In Your Light."
"I wrote and rewrote it and now I still don't like it," he said. "Sometimes I can feel the energy of it. Sometimes I feel like I didn't get the energy I wanted from it at all, lyrically or in the recording of it. I feel like I don't believe the exuberance that I wanted it to represent, that I wanted it to capture."
As a whole, the album was inspired by "life" and his travels along the way.
"I just do a bunch of stuff and a whole bunch of different songs come together," he said. "I paste them into something I feel means something hopefully greater than the songs in isolation, through their sequencing or the way they comment on each other or relate to each other. The inspiration, I don't know. Different songs, different stories. Friend's stories. Past relationships. Musings on the way I feel about different things in the world today, today, blah, blah, blah."
He has yet to start writing new material; that'll occur after his world tour, which he is thoroughly enjoying after a questionable start.
"It took a lot of working out at first," De Backer said. "But I'm having a lot of fun with it now, which is great. I had to dissect the songs and work out how to make them make sense on a live stage. It took a lot of rehearsing and a few shows to make sense of it all."
12 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival
30 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Mitsubishi Arena
31 - Paris, France - Zenith
1 - Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpalais
3 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Rockhal
5 - Warsaw, Poland - Torwar
7 - Basel, Switzerland - Avo Session
8 - Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
9 - Munich, Germany - Zenith
10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
12, 13 - London, England - Hammersmith Apollo
15 - Manchester, England - Manchester Apollo
17 - Lisbon, Portugal - Campo Pequeno
19 - Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle
21 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Falconer Hall
23 - Dubai, UAE - Dubai World Trade Centre
6 - Adelaide, Australia - Adelaide Entertainment Centre
8 - Melbourne, Australia - Sidney Myer Music Bowl
12 - Brisbane, Australia - Riverstage
14 - Sydney, Australia - Entertainment Centre
30 - Osaka, Japan - Big Cat
31 - Tokyo, Japan - Akasaka Blitz