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Gotye

Belgium born Wouter DeBacker (Wally), born 21 May 1980 Bruges, is an Australian solo artist that goes by the stage name of Gotye(pronounced "gor-tee-yeah"). The name derives from the French pronunciation of his real first name. It was originally a nickname given tohim by his mother.

Wally plays drums, percussion and piano, and he writes, sings and produces tracks at his home, currently in Victoria, Australia. Gotye’ssound is a melting pot of samples from sources far and wide, mixed with Wally’s vocals and home recorded sounds to form original songsthat are as likely to c ...read more

Belgium born Wouter DeBacker (Wally), born 21 May 1980 Bruges, is an Australian solo artist that goes by the stage name of Gotye(pronounced "gor-tee-yeah"). The name derives from the French pronunciation of his real first name. It was originally a nickname given tohim by his mother.

Wally plays drums, percussion and piano, and he writes, sings and produces tracks at his home, currently in Victoria, Australia. Gotye’ssound is a melting pot of samples from sources far and wide, mixed with Wally’s vocals and home recorded sounds to form original songsthat are as likely to channel ’80s New Romantic pop or ’60s Motown soul as they are to be experiments in kooky turntablism or progressivetrip-hop landscapes. The results are songs that both reference and incorporate styles and sounds of the past, but bear a distinctlycontemporary outlook.

Wally has been making music since his teens, first in moody local rock band Downstares, a fixture at underage shows in the North-Eastsuburbs of Melbourne for a few years. When that band dissolved Wally started focusing on his solo project, cut’n’paste tunes that eventuallywould come under the moniker of ‘Gotye’.

He is also one-third of Melbourne indie-pop band The Basics.

As Gotye, his public exposure, like many alternative Australian musical acts, comes largely from youth radio station Triple J.

His first single, “Learnalilgivinanlovin” from Like Drawing Blood, was released in August, 2006.

Gotye’s second album Like Drawing Blood was featured by Triple J in May 2006 [1] and was voted Number 1 in the listeners poll of the BestAlbum of 2006 [2]. The album was also nominated for a J Award that year [3]. 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[4]. “Like Drawing Blood” has been certifiedPlatinum.

In September 2006, Gotye was nominated for an Australian Recording Industry Music Award (ARIA award) for best independent release forhis album Like Drawing Blood. Also in 2006 Gotye won ‘Most Outstanding New Independent Artist’ at the inaugural Australian IndependentRecord (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 ARIAalbum chart.

In 2008 Like Drawing Blood was named iTunes UK Album of the Year.

In 2009 Gotye - “Hearts A Mess” came in at #77 in Triple J Hottest 100 of all time, voted by the Australian public.

Gotye is set to release a third studio album in August 2011 - Making Mirrors. This album has been previewed by Triple J and was featuredas album of the week. « hide

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LPs
Making Mirrors
2011

3.6
305 Votes
Like Drawing Blood
2006

3.9
136 Votes
Boardface
2003

3.5
31 Votes
EPs
Eyes Wide Open
2010

3.8
10 Votes
Compilations
Mixed Blood
2007

4.2
3 Votes

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