Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" Video Mashup Samples 130 Covers and Parodies
It's actually quite the inspiring piece of work. Dude took more than 130 of the countless "Somebody That I Used to Know" covers and parodies on YouTube, sampled them, cut them up, and blended them into a moving, funny, and altogether impressive 5:53 video.
It's not really a celebration of his own song. More like a celebration of all these wonderful responses to the music. And it still comes out supercatchy.
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We here at Crossfade caught up with Gotye (real name Wally De Backer) and spoke with him about what it's like to see so many people take your art into their own hands, and so publicly.
"Sometimes, I've been overjoyed and having great laughs and fun," he admits. "And other times, I've felt like it's kind of absurd and annoying and kind of weird."
For sure, it's got to be crazy. But for the most part, De Backer says he loves the sheer variety of interpretations that came pouring out.
"I had so much fun making that mashup. I think it actually manages to kind of cover the tone of all the responses I've had from that range of people," he says. "There are moments in the mashup when I'm like, 'This is a really poignant, beautiful little piece of music here.' And there are other bits that are like, 'This is very obviously, like, shit.' And that's kind of on purpose."
And if seeing your own YouTube clip in a handcrafted "Somebody That I Used to Know" video mashup from the man himself weren't exciting enough, De Backer has actually reached out to most of the people in the video, taking time to meet them at stops on his tour, talk music, get funky, sometimes exchange bizarre gifts.
"I'm meeting Barry, the guide who takes you through the video. He's coming to the show in Orlando. So yeah, I can't wait to meet him, actually. I think he's bringing me the t-shirt that he's wearing in the video."
Rock on man. That's what we call keepin' it real.
Gotye. With Givers and Jonti. Sunday, October 7. Klipsch Ampitheater at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $25 to $60 plus fees via livenation.com. Call 305-358-7550 or visit bayfrontparkmiami.com.
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