It’s a miracle of technology.” The phrase relegated to the elderly seems rather appropriate here.
Nestled comfortably in BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge, fun. performed a live collaboration yesterday with Paramore’s Hayley Williams who sat thousands of miles away in the legendary Capitol Records studio in Los Angeles.
Typically, when artists contribute parts to a song, they send recordings back and forth via email. An engineer is involved and time is spent mixing and tweaking before the track is sent back and forth a few more times. This was something far more adventurous. While fun. strummed away live in London, Hayley sung live in L.A. And, the song they performed is currently #1 on the Billboard Top 100: Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.”
Williams is currently in Los Angeles working on the new Paramore album, while fun. are in the midst of a European tour.
A respected musician for over a decade, Gotye hadn’t crossed into mainstream consciousness. That all changed with “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which has catapulted him into stardom and awarded his collaborator, Kimbra with celebrity status. Just when it seems the hype can’t get any bigger, white-hot acts like Fun. cover his track. It looks like Gotye’s rocket ride just hit the thrusters.
-Jay Tilles, CBS Local