October 14, 2012


ACL Fest 2012: Kimbra "Owes YouTube A Lot"

New Zealand singer/songwriter Kimbra has had quite a crazy year thanks to the a little obscure track with Gotye called "Somebody That I Used To Know." (You may have heard of it.) All joking aside, it’s that huge hit that put the black-haired beauty on the map and has taken her from touring as an opener for Foster the People to headlining her own shows in the U.S., many of which have sold out.  

We spoke to the always fashionaby dressed singer on Day 2 of the Austin City Limits Festival and we were curious to know what it was like becoming an internet sensation.

"It's pretty crazy. It’s a new world we live in, isn't it?" she said. "I think it’s great. I feel like I owe YouTube a fair bit myself in terms of the videos that I've made. We put a lot of time into them. I think a lot of the people that resonate with the music have done so by discovering the videos and having a visual to complement the music."

As far as her next album is concerned, her follow-up to 2011's Vows, Kimbra said it’s all still in development, but some songs might be inspired by the rawness of "Somebody That I Used To Know."

"I just don’t really know yet where it’s going to go. I have a few musical concepts. I’m interested in the idea of exploring more fragility in moments. There was something about, at least in the song I did with Gotye, quite a naked sense about it, both literally and the way my voice was in the song. I think when I make my own music, I tend to check lots of layers on it and shroud it with effects. But I am interested in perhaps laying it down a little more raw for some moments on the next album." We can't wait to hear it.