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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 ofGotye(pronounced "go-t'. yay"). The name derives from the French pronunciation of his real first name. It was originally anickname 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 recordedsounds to form original songsthat are as likely to channel ...read more

Belgium born Wouter DeBacker (Wally), born 21 May 1980 Bruges, is an Australian solo artist that goes by the stage name ofGotye(pronounced "go-t'. yay"). The name derives from the French pronunciation of his real first name. It was originally anickname 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 recordedsounds to form original songsthat are as likely to channel ’80s New Romantic pop or ’60s Motown soul as they are to beexperiments in kooky turntablism or progressivetrip-hop landscapes. The results are songs that both reference andincorporate 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 theNorth-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 listenerspoll 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]. “LikeDrawing Blood” has been certifiedPlatinum.

In September 2006, Gotye was nominated for an Australian Recording Industry Music Award (ARIA award) for bestindependent release forhis album Like Drawing Blood. Also in 2006 Gotye won ‘Most Outstanding New Independent Artist’ atthe 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 andwas featuredas album of the week. « hide

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LPs
Making Mirrors
2011

3.5
328 Votes
Like Drawing Blood
2006

3.9
148 Votes
Boardface
2003

3.4
36 Votes
EPs
Eyes Wide Open
2010

3.8
10 Votes
Compilations
Mixed Blood
2007

3.8
5 Votes

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