Gotye is so surprised by his chart-topping success that sometimes he feels overwhelmed - but he wouldn't trade it for anything.
"Here and there I feel a bit overwhelmed by all the challenges, and the feeling of constantly having to do something for my career," the Belgian-born Australian musician says.
"But at other times I love the fact it's always new experiences, and there's probably not much more you can ask for."
Gotye, 32, was speaking during an interview on ABC's 7.30 program on Tuesday, ahead of a world tour with his 10-piece band that kicks off shortly and will end in Australia in December.
His electronic pop music has become so ubiquitous that he sometimes feels sorry for radio listeners having to hear it so frequently.
He modestly says his music is sometimes "overplayed and saturated to the point of absurdity, where I feel it's an annoying presence in peoples lives they would prefer not to have".
If he's learnt one thing, though, it's that simple music is generally what connects with the mainstream.
"I look at the songs I've spent months tinkering with," he says.
"And they might be OK songs but they're often less successful than the ones that have one clear idea married to some chord progression or choice sample that creates a certain mood."