The Recording Academy Texas Chapter recently played host for GRAMMYs On The Road at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, held Oct. 12–14 at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including pop/electronic singer/songwriter Gotye and country/pop duo Native Run.
Gotye discussed writing his hit song "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra, his musical influences and collaborating with other artists, among other topics.
"'Somebody That I Used To Know' is not about one specific relationship," said Gotye. "It's partly autobiographical. Certain lines in it were definitely triggered by memories of different relationships I've had over the last 15 years."
Hailing from Australia, Gotye is the alias of Wally De Backer, who began recording music in his bedroom as a teenager. Citing influences such as Depeche Mode, Joni Mitchell and Godley & Creme, Gotye released his first album, Boardface, in 2003. Like Drawing Blood was released in 2006, followed by 2007's Mixed Blood. In 2011 Gotye released Making Mirrors, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and featured the No. 1 hit "Somebody That I Used To Know." The song has since been covered numerous times by artists including Pentatonix, Native Run and Walk Off The Earth. Earlier this year at the 2012 APRA Music Awards, Gotye earned trophies for Most Played Australian Work and Song of the Year for "Somebody That I Used To Know." As of July, it was the top-selling digital song of 2012 with sales of 3.69 million units. Gotye is currently on tour throughout Europe, Australia and Japan, with dates scheduled through January.
Native Run's Rachel Beauregard and Bryan Dawley discussed the derivation of the band's name, defining their sound and their musical influences, among other topics.
"We like to say we're pop/country but with a serious, serious groove," said Beauregard.
Formed in Virginia and based in Nashville, Native Run (formerly Deep River) draw on influences ranging from William Shakespeare and Bruce Springsteen to Patsy Cline and Keith Urban. Named one of Paste magazine's Best of What's Next bands in 2010, Native Run released Ten Mornings that same year. In May, the duo released a live album, Setting The House On Fire: The Native Run House Show Experience.