Wouter "Wally" De Backer (born 21 May 1980), known professionally as Gotye (GOH-tee-ay), is a Belgian-born Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. The name "Gotye" is a pronunciation respelling of "Gauthier", the French cognate of Gotye's given Dutch name "Wouter" (English "Walter", hence the nickname "Wally").
Full Name at Birth
Wouter Andre De Backer
Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, musician
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Gotye's 2011 single "Somebody That I Used to Know" (International)
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Born in Bruges, Belgium, in 1980, De Backer moved to Australia with his family when he was two years old. They first resided in Sydney, New South Wales before settling in Melbourne, Victoria.His parents chose to use the English variation of his name, Walter, when enrolling him in school.
As a youth, De Backer displayed a passion for music, learning various instruments, most notably piano and drums. In his teens, De Backer formed the band Downstares with three of his high school friends, including Lucas Taranto (who still plays in his Gotye live shows). After high school, the members of Downstares went their separate ways, leaving De Backer with no musical outlet.
In 2001, his parents moved into a new home, leaving their old family house in Montmorency, Melbourne, so he could continue his studies. Two friends moved in with him and the house became affectionately known as The Frat House, where friends would regularly drop by and hang out. The first seeds of Gotye were planted when De Backer was given a large collection of old records. An elderly neighbour, having heard Downstares rehearsing over the years, gave his then-recently deceased wife's LP record collection to De Backer.
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Frank De Backer (engineer of computer systems and software)
Tash Parker, The Basics
Indie rock, Alternative Rock, Indie Pop, Trip Hop
Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Synthesizer
Fairfax, Universal Republic, Independent, Samples 'n' Seconds, Inertia, Lucky Number, Eleven, Creative Vibes
The Basics, Kimbra, Spender
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