Most of you have probably heard about Gotye by now due to his single "Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)" (currently 59 million views on YouTube). I was introduced to Goyte's album "Making Mirrors" last fall by Christian Hand (credit where credit is due) and was immediately impressed. The production of the record is astounding.
The other aspect that blew me away was how diverse the songs were. Electronic, indie, rock, all rolled into one...and a crazy transformation to 70's R&B on the track "I Feel Better". Listen Here
Needless to say I was very excited when a ticket popped up for me to see Gotye live at El Rey on Wilshire Blvd. last night.
El Rey is a beautiful 1200 capacity venue built in 1936 originally as a movie house. It was converted to a concert venue in 1994 and is home to a ton of great shows every year.
Gotye's live show lived up to the hype. One characteristic of his album is the heavy use of samples so I was interested to see how it would be handled live.
The band effortlessly played live instruments and sample triggering pads as Gotye moved around on various percussion/instruments while singing. The duel-drumming created huge rhythms that rippled through the crowd.
Unquestionably, the highlight of the evening was during "Somebody That I Used To Know". Gotye informed us that although Kimbra had performed with them the night before on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she had to fly back to New Zealand and wasn't at El Rey. He then asked all of the girls in the audience for help.
When it came time for Kimbra's part, the LA ladies stepped up big time and sang her entire verse with power in what was truly a "goose-bump" inducing moment.
I feel fortunate to have seen Gotye at such an intimate venue because that won't be happening for much longer.