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  • Born: Bruges, Belgium
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://gotye.com/
  • Recent Activity: 04.19.16 Gorgeous clip from @nachotururu and Sara López for this new song by Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop https://t.co/ACtJnifgdq
  • Gotye

  • Gotye


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Gotye (pronounced "go-ti-yay" or "Gauthier") is the alias of Australian electronic pop trickster Wally de Backer. Born in Belgium and raised in Melbourne, de Backer began making music in his bedroom as a teen, and for several years fronted the rock band Downstares. After the group dissolved, he gravitated toward cut-and-paste electronic music, and in 2003 issued the first Gotye album, Boardface. Like Drawing Blood followed two years later, notching the cult hit "Learnalilgivinanlovin" and earning J Award consideration from the influential Aussie radio station Triple J. De Backer concurrently served in the Melbourne pop trio the Basics. In 2011 Gotye released Making Mirrors, featuring a duet with vocalist Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know." The song became a global hit in 2012, charting in Billboard's Hot 100 and Rock Songs charts.

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  • 04.19.16 Gorgeous clip from @nachotururu and Sara López for this new song by Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop https://t.co/ACtJnifgdq
  • 04.18.16 Enjoying this song and video from friends @whywerunband https://t.co/rqBBj5MQWC
  • 04.16.16 Enjoying this new track from @darlingjamez https://t.co/ZjqATQS1vH
  • 04.16.16 Love @stuart_mcmillen's work and the way he approaches it. Help him out here https://t.co/zvgiRYuMn3
  • 04.11.16 RT @GotyeHQ: The latest @Gotye newsletter was just sent out into the ether! Read all about it here: https://t.co/qTnEdcnM0O
  • 04.07.16 New music from @spiritlevelco, the label @timshiel and I started. He is Braille Face, he crafts gorgeous ambient pop https://t.co/yvJbuUVkxS
  • 03.21.16 I'm super excited about this new electronic music studio concept for Melbourne: https://t.co/hkodrklFn6 Please share!
  • 03.09.16 I'm singing on @bibio's new track The Way You Talk. Really looking forward to hearing his new record A Mineral Love https://t.co/c8BqxDGGH8
  • 03.02.16 This music machine from @wintergatan is simply astounding https://t.co/Zx2KWN29et
  • 01.11.16 RT @the3basics: .@DavidBowieReal we made this for you: https://t.co/KWfEZ3Z5L5 I hope you enjoyed your time on this Earth. We sure loved h…
  • 12.08.15 .@the3basics' friend @stephenaxlscott has made a sweet cutup cartoon clip for our song Time Poor. Boom! https://t.co/U7L6nVV7LE
  • 12.08.15 RT @GotyeHQ: Listen back to @gotye's interview with @triplejvandl yesterday https://t.co/C88dgzHJ8C