Gotye – best known for hit single ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ – has formed a political party with his band The Basics.
The artist, real name Wally De Backer, hopes to run in Victoria’s state election in his native Australia in November, reports The Guardian. De Backer has formed the Basics Rock’n’Roll Party alongside bandmates Kris Schroeder and Tim Heath with their three key elements being innovation, education and rock’n’roll.
The Basics Rock’n’Roll Party’s main aims include improving indigenous education in Victorian schools, compulsory first-aid training in high schools and having more access to music in rural areas.
“Politics in this country is treated like it belongs to the elite,” Schroeder said. “We have these career politicians who often come from well-to-do families… and they are groomed into becoming these lifelong politicians that have no other life experience outside of either being in the young Liberals or young Labor, and becoming a member of parliament.”
“Decisions don’t have to be made by these elite, you can just be musicians. We’ve all got higher education degrees so we’re not just musicians, but we haven’t come up through any political ideology. We just care about certain things like indigenous affairs and education.”
In order to be eligible for election, the Basics Rock’n’Roll Party require 500 registered members. The band are currently seeking to meet this target via their Facebook page.