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Born on May 21, 1980, in Bruges, Belgium, singer-songwriter Gotye grew

up in Australia. In his youth, Gotye learned to play numerous musical
instruments, including piano and drums. But it was after he began to
experiment with electronic music, samples and found sounds that Wouter
truly found his voice, and his audience. Since taking on the stage name
Gotye and releasing his first EP in 2001, his success has been meteoric,
landing him at the top of record charts around the world.
Early Life

Wouter De Backer, best known as Gotye, was born on May 21, 1980, in
Bruges, Belgium, to Flemish parents. When Gotye was 2 years old, his
family relocated to Australia, eventually settling in Montmorency, Victoria.
When he began school in Australia, his parents chose to call him "Walter,"
or diminutively, "Wally"—the English equivalent of his Flemish first name.
In his youth, Gotye was exposed to various musical instruments and
learned to play many, particularly piano and drums.
While attending Parade College, an all-boys high school, Gotye formed a
band called the Downstares, in which he played drums. At the end of high
school, however, the band split up, forcing Gotye to find new means of
musical expression. It was around this time that he began to experiment
with electronic music, found sounds and sampling.
The Birth of 'Gotye'

In 2001, at age 21, Gotye recorded a four-track EP and made a limited
number of copies, creating a unique sleeve for each. He decided to name
the project Gotye (pronounced like the French "Gauthier") in homage to a
pet name that his multilingual parents had often used for him. He sent the
recordings to radio stations around the country and handled all of the
promotion himself.
Inspired by the positive feedback he received, especially from Australian
radio station Triple J, Gotye produced two subsequent self-produced and
self-promoted EPs, which also received positive feedback and gained
regular radio rotation. In 2003, these early recording were grouped
together and released as an album, Boardface.
Gotye has released three studio albums independently and one album
featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums. He is a member of the
Melbourne indie-pop trio The Basics, who have independently released three
studio albums and numerous other titles since 2002. His voice has been
compared to those of Peter Gabriel and Sting.[4][5][6] Gotye's 2011 single

"Somebody That I Used to Know" reached number one on the Billboard Hot
100, making him the fifth Australian-based artist to do so and the second
Belgian (after The Singing Nun in 1963).[7] He has won five ARIA Awards and
received a nomination for an MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act. On 10
February 2013, he won three Grammy Awards at the 55th Annual Grammy
Awards Show: Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for
"Somebody That I Used to Know" and Best Alternative Music Album
for Making Mirrors. Gotye has said he sometimes feels "less of a musician,
more of a tinkerer."[8] Gotye has released three studio
albums independently and one album featuring remixes of tracks from his
first two albums. He is a member of the Melbourne indie-pop trio The
Basics, who have independently released three studio albums and
numerous other titles since 2002. His voice has been compared to those
of Peter Gabriel and Sting.[4][5][6] Gotye's 2011 single "Somebody That I
Used to Know" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making him
the fifth Australian-based artist to do so and the second Belgian (after The
Singing Nun in 1963).[7] He has won five ARIA Awards and received a
nomination for an MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act. On 10 February
2013, he won three Grammy Awards at the 55th Annual Grammy
Awards Show: Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for
"Somebody That I Used to Know" and Best Alternative Music Album
for Making Mirrors. Gotye has said he sometimes feels "less of a musician,
more of a tinkerer."[8] Gotye has released three studio
albums independently and one album featuring remixes of tracks from his
first two albums. He is a member of the Melbourne indie-pop trio The
Basics, who have independently released three studio albums and
numerous other titles since 2002. His voice has been compared to those
of Peter Gabriel and Sting.[4][5][6] Gotye's 2011 single "Somebody That I
Used to Know" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making him
the fifth Australian-based artist to do so and the second Belgian (after The
Singing Nun in 1963).[7] He has won five ARIA Awards and received a
nomination for an MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act.