Song Collaborators Face-off in Music Awards
My Nguyen May 3, 2012
Melbourne-based Wally de Backer who goes by the stage-name Goyte, and New Zealand singer, Kimbra, interwoven vocals originally vies for your attention in the song, Somebody I That Used to Know. Part of the dynamism of the song is rooted from the sparse arrangement and compelling, haunting lyricisms that is fully embodied in Goyte and Kimbra’s dramatic exchange.
Ironically, the antagonism found in the song is brought into the real world when it was announced at this year’s APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Music Awards that Kimbra and Goyte will be facing off as nominees contending in the same category. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Kimbra’s single Cameo Love will be competing against Goyte’s track that she contributed her vocals to.
Goyte also made it into the news last week over his alleged criticism of the Glee cover of Somebody That I Used to Know.
He told NME: “At first I was quite hesitant. One by-product of how quickly I’ve gone from being an artist who no-one’s really heard of to someone who seems fairly mainstream, certainly with that song, is that I’m quite unsure about things like that.”
The singer also retracts from the comments he made that appeared earlier last week and says that the accusations that claims he had slammed the cover were untrue.
He elaborates on NME: “It was constructed out of some soundbites of me talking at length about other things, it wasn’t me addressing what I think of the cover. I was talking about other things like production aesthetics and reverb and somehow that got taken out of context that I wasn’t into it. I thought it was a good storyline and quite clever to attach it to estranged brothers like that.”
Goyte also told the music magazine that in the beginning stages of production for the song, he had considered using a male vocalist. But when Kimbra came along, the idea was thrown in the back burner.
Goyte is currently touring in the US.
Photo courtesy of WilloToons via Flickr.