Wouter "Wally" De Backer (born 21st May 1980), also known professionally by his stage name Gotye, is a Belgian-Australian multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter. Gotye's voice has been compared to those of Sting and Peter Gabriel.
He has released three studio albums independently and one album featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums. De Backer is also one-third of Melbourne indie-pop trio The Basics, who have independently released three studio albums and numerous other titles since 2002. His 2011 single "Somebody That I Used to Know" peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making him the second Belgian and the fifth Australia-based artist to have this honour. He has won five ARIA Awards and received a nomination for an MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act.
• Boardface (2003)
• Like Drawing Blood (2006)
• Making Mirrors (2011)
I've loved Gotye for a few years now, perhaps since 2007? I was obsessed with "Hearts A Mess" when that was out and subsequently his album Like Drawing Blood. It's only recently I discovered the brilliance of his first album, Boardface. He is so unique - there is nobody else like him out there. In fact, I named the fanlisting for two reasons: one because he has a song titled "A Distinctive Sound" that I enjoy; and secondly because it is a literal statement, Gotye's sound is like no other's. A lot of his songs have interesting messages, such as one of my favourites "Thanks For Your Time", which speaks candidly about being placed in a queue whilst on the phone to various companies (and encountering the dreaded automated voices!). Wally's voice is gorgeous and he is a superb instrumentalist and lyricist. It's great that he's getting international attention now because he definitely deserves it, but I just hope that people look beyond that 'one' song and discover there's much more to him :) (And more importantly, hopefully they still like him!!!). Gotye is truly a remarkable musician and I hope to see him perform live one day.
• Official site