HIS voice has been compared to Sting and Peter Gabriel.
Born Wouter “Wally” De Backer, this 32-year-old talented indie rock artiste is known professionally by his stage name, Gotye (derived from “Gaultier”, the French equivalent of “Walter” in English). The Belgian-Australian multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter has, to date, released three studio albums — Board Face, Like Drawing Blood and Making Mirrors — independently and one album featuring re-mixes of tracks from his first two albums.
He is also one-third of Melbourne indie-pop trio The Basics, which has independently released three studio albums and numerous other titles since 2002.
Having won five Aria Awards and received a nomination for MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act, Gotye’s third album Making Mirrors (featuring 15 tracks), spawned the internationally critically acclaimed hit Somebody That I Used To Know. After just one day of release in Poland, the album was certified platinum.
The single has received five times platinum sales and the No. 1 position on the Australian iTunes store, making it one of the highest-selling singles last year. The single has officially been certified nine times platinum, selling over 630,000 copies, making it the most successful Australian song on the Aria charts of all time.
Meanwhile, the album was certified two times platinum by the Aria Albums Chart, making it the most successful Australian album last year. Since then, the album has been certified three times platinum, selling in excess of 210,000 copies in Australia.