[pullquote quote="I've been in LA for the past week working on a song with Mark Foster from Foster The People. "]Taking top honors on charts all around the world, Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring New Zealand-born brunette vocal powerhouse, Kimbra Johnson, has been a steady jumping off point for the careers of both Gotye and Kimbra.
Despite coming in for only a small portion of the hit song, Kimbra’s soulful, emotional vocals (and her attractiveness whilst covered in body paint) has made her into an instantaneous international star.
Currently at South by Southwest (SXSW) supporting her début album Vows (which comes out on May 22nd in the United States), Kimbra told Pedestrian TV that she’s been working with a lot of big names for her new material including Mark Foster from Foster the People, musicians from Mars Volta, and John Legend.
[pullquote quote="I guess now that I'm slightly more known in America it's opened up a whole lot of opportunities with some awesome producers to work with."]Kimbra also said that she’s been working with producers who’ve done stuff with The Flaming Lips, Dr. Dre and Fiona Apple.
“I’ve been in LA for the past week working on a song with Mark Foster from Foster The People,” Kimbra said. “We’re doing a song together for the Converse collaboration and it’s sounding really awesome.”
Becoming an international star, especially one “known” in America, has helped Kimbra continue her pattern of epic collaboration.
“I guess now that I’m slightly more known in America it’s opened up a whole lot of opportunities with some awesome producers to work with,” explained Kimbra. “People like Greg Kurstin who’s worked for Foster The People and Flaming Lips.”
“Also working with musicians like the drummer from The Mars Volta [Deantoni Parks] and all these crazy musicians that I’ve looked up to.”
[pullquote quote="I hit a brick wall after I hit the first chorus, and it took me a few weeks to decide if I should write the second verse from a female perspective." credit="Gotye"]“Mike Elizondo who’s probably best known for his work with Dr. Dre and Fiona Apple, he worked on her record ‘Extraordinary Machine’. Also Keefus Greene who’s worked with Mike Patton, I’ve done a few tracks with him.” Kimbra continued.
“I wrote a song with John Legend that’s not finished yet and it won’t be going on the album but it was really cool to work with him. Herbie Hancock‘s drummer came on board, there’s just been so many people involved with these new songs.”
In a recent BBC article, Gotye said that he was “ready to give up” on the song and that he specifically had trouble writing the female part which has made Kimbra so famous.
“It was challenging to finish,” confessed Gotye. “I hit a brick wall after I hit the first chorus, and it took me a few weeks to decide if I should write the second verse from a female perspective…But I stuck with it, and I was really proud once it was finished.”
Now Kimbra, who might not have made it on the song, is eating sushi in studio with Foster The People.
Sushi in the studio w/ @fosterthepeople listening to an exciting remix they’re working on for me…. Watch this space. Yeah!
— Kimbra (@kimbramusic) March 11, 2012
[Source: Pedestrian TV]