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Melbourne, Australia (2001 – present)

Wouter “Wally” De Backer (born 21 May 1980 in Bruges, Belgium), better known by the stage name Gotye, is an indie pop singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Victoria, Australia.

Backer was born in Belgium, but moved with his family to Melbourne, Australia when he was two. Originally a member of the indie band Downstares, Backer began performing under the name Gotye in 2001 when the band disbanded. Aside from his solo work, De Backer has been a member of the indie band The Basics since its formation in 2002.

Gotye’s second album Like Drawing Blood was featured by Triple J in May 2006 and was voted Number 1 in the listeners poll of the Best Album of 2006 . The album was also nominated for a J Award that year. Two tracks from that album, Learnalilgivinanlovin and Heart’s A Mess, were ranked 94 and 8 respectively in Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2006. Like Drawing Blood has been certified Platinum.

In September 2006, Gotye was nominated for an Australian Recording Industry Music Award (ARIA award) for best independent release for his album Like Drawing Blood, and won ‘Most Outstanding New Independent Artist’ at the inaugural Australian Independent Record (AIR) Chart Awards.

In 2007, Gotye won the ARIA for best male artist. As a result of the publicity of the nomination, Like Drawing Blood re-entered the ARIA album chart and was named iTunes UK Album of the Year in 2008.

In 2009, Heart’s A Mess came in at #77 in Triple J Hottest 100 of all time, voted by the Australian public.

Amidst the lead-up to Gotye’s third album, Like Drawing Blood re-entered the ARIA charts in mid 2011, peaking at its highest ever position of 13.


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  • towardsecstasy

    Fofinho do meu core, saudades.

    29 Jul 11:46pm Reply
  • arcanjoBEP

    he sounds like a male bjork sometimes

    22 Jul 3:31am Reply
  • gabrielirwin

    Save Me ♥

    15 Jul 4:47pm Reply
  • arcanjoBEP

    i am so damnly in love with him, omg

    12 Jul 9:15pm Reply
  • nekobolo

    People who think he's a one hit wonder don't have a clue about the gold they're missing. Their loss. [3]

    30 Jun 8:46pm Reply
  • skywake

    Only non-Australians think Gotye is a one hit wonder. Hell, in terms of the sheer number of them there were more hits from Like Drawing Blood than Making Mirrors here. Kinda disappointing to see people ignore entirely the tracks on that album TBH. Hearts a Mess, Learnalilgivinanlovin, Thanks for your Time were all quite a bit better than the one that a few celebs happened to tweet about......

    5 Jun 4:56pm Reply
  • SmellyApple1

    Without an official video, such a wonderful song could remain almost unnoticed, like many his works .-.

    4 Apr 11:02am Reply
  • AntoFeatVGTO

    Eyes Wide Open ♥

    24 Mar 1:00pm Reply
  • MrShayton

    Хочу, чтобы он продолжил свою музыкальную карьеру.

    5 Mar 2:47pm Reply
  • leneheart

    14 Feb 8:58pm Reply
  • KevinVillage

    especially his song, someone i used to love

    10 Feb 9:06pm Reply
  • KevinVillage

    i love goatse!

    10 Feb 9:05pm Reply
  • Chris-Blitz

    His stuff is great once you delete somebody that i used to know from the track list...

    29 Jan 11:15am Reply
  • AkitaGiga

    People who think he's a one hit wonder don't have a clue about the gold they're missing. Their loss. [2]

    28 Jan 6:11pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    coyote, wolf may be listenin'

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Ronnie11

    Somehow i loved eyes wide open more than Somebody that i used to know..Great track

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • arcanjoBEP

    please bitchez, gotye doesnt realease an album every year, like rihanna, obviously she is getting less known. besides, I'd rather wait years to listen a new good music album than llisten iggy azaleas, or arianas songs.

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • arcanjoBEP

    The album is pretty decent dont know why people are throwing shade. [2]

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Miniartx

    Now he's just somebody that the world used to know. [2] lol

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • arcanjoBEP

    Oh my word what is with all this negativity!!!!?? I adore you Gotye and that's all the loving you need <3<3<3<3<3<3 [2]

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
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