Gotye has yet to start working on a follow-up to 2011's "Making Mirrors," the album that spawned his massive hit "Somebody That I Used to Know," but the Aussie singer says he's finally "ready" to write new music.
"I haven't started writing anything yet actually," Gotye laughed, chatting with Billboard on the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet Thursday (Sept. 7). "My second album, 'Like Drawing Blood,' was released in 2006 in Australia, but I was still touring it and releasing it for the first time in Japan in early 2009. So I lived with that record for a long time."
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The past year, however, has felt like "three or four years compacted into one," Gotye explained, so he's ready to move forward, perhaps with a new record. "I'm actually still feeling quite fresh -- I'm ready to write new stuff. This for me has been a fast experience of putting an album out."
Hype over Gotye's "Somebody" has started to die down, following the song's rise to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April, and the 32-year-old musician says he's only just "had the chance to process" his new-found fame. "I still take a step back sometimes and get a bit freaked out by it," he added. "It's lovely to have a big hit song -- it's great."
Natasha Pincus, the director and producer of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," joined the star on the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet. Although the video for "Somebody" was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2012 awards show, it lost out to Rihanna, who took home a moonman for "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris.
Gotye's video, which features New Zealand singer/songwriter Kimbra, also lost to One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" in the fan-voted Most Share-Worthy Video category and was topped by Beyonce's "Countdown" for Best Editing.