Gotye, pronounced “Gauthier”, is the alias of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA-based Alternative Electro-Pop artist Wouter 'Wally' De Backer. Born in Bruges, Belgium, on May 21, 1980, De Backer moved to Sydney with his family at a young age and and then to Melbourne where he began making music in his early teens.
After spending years fronting a local Rock band, the talented singer + songwriter Wally De Backer decided to go solo and in early 2003 released the first Gotye album, "Boardface", a downbeat lo-fi gem, weaving lush orchestral samples, african percussion breaks and '80s-inflected synth hooks into an idiosyncratic medley of melancholy.
He first found fame in Australia, three years later with his second offering, "Like Drawing Blood", which was constructed almost entirely from samples of old vinyl. It eventually climbed into the top 20 of the Aussie ARIA chart and went platinum.
In August 2011 Gotye released "Making Mirrors", the album featured more physical and acoustic instruments, meanwhile, he continued to raid local second-hand shops for obscure vinyl to sample. It became a worldwide sensation peaking at #1 in Australia and inched into the top 10 in Canada, U.S. and several European charts. Moreover, the lead single, "Somebody That I Used to Know", a collaboration with New Zealand singer Kimbra, went to #1 throughout almost every major music market around the globe. In U.S. the track hit #1 on the Billboard's Alternative Songs, Rock Songs and Hot 100 charts. The second Amrican single, "Eyes Wide Open", peaked at #22 on The Alternative Songs list.
Gotye was among the big winners at the 55th Grammy Awards with three trophies: Record Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Somebody That I Used To Know" while "Making Mirrors" was elected Best Alternative Music Album.