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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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  • SSBN623

    coyote, wolf may be listenin'

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  • Ronnie11

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

    12 Nov 6:13am 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 11:24pm Reply
  • arcanjoBEP

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

    3 Nov 11:15pm Reply
  • Miniartx

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

    13 Oct 3:46am 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 6:14pm Reply
  • underthewestway

    hipster one-hit wonder

    7 Oct 3:10am Reply
  • natsumitsuji

    Somebody That I Used to Know - 10/10

    26 Sep 10:26am Reply
  • bubblegumbottom

    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

    23 Sep 5:02am Reply
  • Nekrovoor

    pointless, talentless, copycat bullshit

    14 Sep 12:48am Reply

    I hope he releases another dense non-poppy album to piss off the fans he made off his newer singles.

    6 Sep 4:17pm Reply
  • SweetsInBlood

    Now he's just somebody that the world used to know.

    23 Aug 10:20am Reply
  • Lucastrike

    He should do a comeback in 2015.

    21 Aug 6:16am Reply
  • jealouis

    Giving Me a Chance. <3

    16 Aug 5:48am Reply
  • Szafira12

    Do you remember him? Now he's just somebody that you used to know.

    8 Aug 7:19pm Reply
  • timmyc1983

    He's been recording with his band The Basics who are set to release a new record in a few months. He has also been working on new material for Gotye but nothing has been recorded or planned yet...

    2 Aug 7:01am Reply
  • WallasOliveira

    I need more, sir. Please, come back!

    27 Jul 6:18pm Reply
  • KeyWiz

    André Villas-Boas... IS IT YOU? :D

    22 Jul 10:20pm Reply
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    15 Jul 10:53pm Reply
  • tradatda91

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

    11 Jul 5:17am Reply
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