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Gotye's Early Life:

Gotye was born Wouter "Wally" De Backer in Belgium May 21, 1980. Gotye derives from the French variant of Walter (or Wouter), Gaultier. He moved with his family to Australia at the age of two. Gotye demonstrated musical talent from an early age particularly in playing the piano and drums. He became a part of the group Downstares with three high school friends. The band broke up when he graduated from high school, but one member Lucas Taranto continues to perform with Gotye.


In 2001 Gotye began recording his first music as a solo artist. He began releasing homemade four track CDs that he delivered to radio stations and music industry personnel. Ultimately these projects became the foundation for his first album Boardface released in 2003. During the same time Gotye began recording with Kris Schroeder in a duo called The Basics.

'Like Drawing Blood':

Over the next few years Gotye experienced a number of disruptions in his personal life. The album he worked on ended up being titled Like Drawing Blood in reference to how it felt getting the recordings completed. In 2006 the album was released and it proved to be Gotye's breakthrough in Australia. Like Drawing Blood was nominated for an ARIA Award as Best Independent Release as well as being nominated for the Australian Music Prize. In 2007 Gotye won the ARIA for Best Male Artist.

"Somebody That I Used To Know" and International Stardom:

The success of Like Drawing Blood gave Gotye the stability to focus more deliberately on his music. "Somebody That I Used To Know," the first single from his upcoming album, was released in July 2011 in Australia and quickly went to #1. It was followed by a #1 debut from the album Making Mirrors in August. Gotye won three ARIA Awards including Single of the Year. In early 2012 "Somebody That I Used To Know" hit #1 in the UK and began climbing the charts in the US.
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