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  • Born: Bruges, Belgium
  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: http://gotye.com/
  • Recent Activity: 10.29.15 If you're in Launceston tonight come down to Fresh On Charles. I'm playing with @the3basics at 9:30!
  • 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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  • 10.29.15 If you're in Launceston tonight come down to Fresh On Charles. I'm playing with @the3basics at 9:30!
  • 10.28.15 The track that @jviewz started in my loungeroom with my Wurlitzer Sideman is complete! https://t.co/dMcQeOr9cz https://t.co/LBWz9E9j1h
  • 10.25.15 I'm playing in Fremantle tonight with @the3basics. Come down to the Town Hall at 8:30, it sounds amazing in here!
  • 10.17.15 Brisbane! I'm playing with @the3basics at The Triffid tonight from 10pm. Do come and listen
  • 10.02.15 RT @GotyeHQ: .@gotye sent out his first newsletter for a while yesterday, check out the full update here: http://t.co/1CdZ2LE78g
  • 10.01.15 RT @GotyeHQ: Keep an eye on your inbox, a new @gotye newsletter has been sent into the ether just now
  • 09.27.15 Craziness! Fans of @kimbramusic and Walt Disney's Snow White see here https://t.co/nLLJ7wnMq3 And here: http://t.co/5NkH0fFdER
  • 08.26.15 Check out this awesome drum machine made out of an old AM/FM radio by Mike at Mystery Circuits. I had a little jam :D http://t.co/7MY16VKDU8
  • 08.21.15 I'm playing a whole bunch of shows around all states of Australia with @the3basics in October. Come join us. Tix here http://t.co/00ipZbeYKY
  • 08.19.15 Last year I recorded an album with @the3basics. It just came out! Listen on Spotify here: https://t.co/K9TONOOxHT
  • 08.18.15 If you've been wondering about new music from me, listen here: The Basics' new album is out and sounding fabulous http://t.co/vgzWiZcsVZ
  • 08.11.15 Loving this dark clip for @kimbramusic's superb track Goldmine! https://t.co/FLOe3GNqY9