Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter, Wouter Andre De Backer, perhaps better recognizable as Gotye, has become one of the most famous musicians in the American entertainment industry. The multiple Grammy Awards winning recording artist has had a successful career in the industry. Born on May 21, 1980, Gotye is one third of the Melbourne based indie pop group The Basics and is also an accomplished solo artist. He rose to mainstream prominence after his single Somebody That I Used to Know, released in 2011, peaked at the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The success of the single brought him three Grammy Awards in 2013.
The Bruges, Belgium native’s name is a respelling of the French cognate of his Dutch name, Gauthier. His birth name, Wouter, was translated to Walter in English when he attended school in Melbourne. In 1982, his family moved to Australia where he indulged in music. Fostering passion for musical instruments, Gotye formed Downstares when he was a teenager. He went on to attend the University of Melbourne and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from there. He has been in a long term relationship with Australian singer songwriter, Tash Parker.
In 2001, Gotye began self recording tracks and distributed the samples to several radio stations and recording studios. This effort proved to be fruitful as he was noticed by the local radio network Triple J which inspired him to continue his struggle. During this time he met Kris Schroeder with whom he formed The Basics and started performing at gigs together. The band has continued to perform alongside the singer to present day. Gotye eventually crafted another set of CDs to send out to radio stations and was called in at Creative Vibes for a record deal. His debut album, Boardface, was released in 2003. Like Drawing Blood was followed in 2004 to positive reviews. The album went on to be certified Platinum in the Down Under. In 2006, he received a nomination for an ARIA Award. The album was released in the United States in 2012. His next album, Making Mirrors, was promoted by the single Eyes Wide Open. The single was followed by his greatest hit, Somebody That I Used to Know, in 2011. The single, which featured New Zealand signer Kimbra, has been certified multi-platinum in Australia as well as the United States. It reached the number one spot on the charts of over forty countries. Upon its release, the album debuted at the top spot in Australian charts and six international charts and has been certified multi-platinum in Australia. The album took home five ARIA Music Awards in 2012 and Gotye also claimed the Best Australian Live Act award. Gotye embarked on a world tour in 2012 where he performed in countries across Europe, North America, Asia and concluded the tour in Australia. That year, he nabbed the Best Australia & New Zealand Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards. A year later, at the 2013 Grammy Awards, Somebody That I Used to Know received the Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The album, Making Mirrors was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. The international success of his albums has earned the artist a net worth of $5 million dollars.
Gotye is arguably among the most prominent Australian musicians in present day. With his hit international single, Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye has become a huge star in the music industry. But this success is not an overnight one, as many may assume. Gotye has been honing his musical career for more than a decade now and his hard work has certainly paid off. The winner of three Grammy Awards and several ARIA Awards is expected to return to the charts soon.