Gotye (it is pronounced just like Gaultier, btw) is performing tonight at Bill Graham, and there are still tickets available, guys! As you'll recall, they had to postpone his earlier show and move it to a much larger venue now that his song "Somebody That I Used to Know" is such a mega viral hit. Anyway, he chatted with SF Weekly today, and he had a few interesting things to say.
Among them, he's kind of into weird stuff like Ween, and wishes he were weirder, as an artist. Also, some LA DJ tried to compare him to Sting, and he wasn't that into it.
There was a dude who interviewed me in L.A. who kept saying, like, "You have so many influences, you sound like so many things ...the Police ..." I'd say DJ Shadow's been a huge influence, same with the Avalanches in terms of sample-based composition. Godley & Creme, their '80s work I really love as far as off-center, intelligent eyebrow-pop that's really interestingly produced. I think I hear more of that coming out of my songwriting than Sting. It's flattering to be compared to those guys, but when you hear it again and again you're like, 'Come on. I'm just a guy singing with a high tenor. It's such an obvious comparison, I'm sure you can think of something else.'