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Gotye has released three studio albums independently and one album featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums. He is a founding member of the Melbourne indie-pop trio The Basicswho have independently released four studio albums and numerous other titles since His voice has been compared to those of Peter Gabriel and Sting. Gotye has said he sometimes feels "less of a musician, more of a tinkerer. As a youth, De Backer displayed a passion for music, learning various instruments, most notably piano and Harry Axt - Pulpfunktion EP. In his teens, De Gotye Featuring Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know formed the band Downstares  with three of his high school friends, including Lucas Taranto who still plays in his Gotye live shows.
Inhis parents moved into a new home, leaving their old family house in Montmorency so he could continue his studies Gotye Featuring Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know the University Various - Fathom: Antipodean Beats Melbourne where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.
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. InDe Backer recorded his first tracks primarily using samples.
He drew on his cultural history for inspiration when naming his new project; Wouter translates into French as Gaultier or Gautier or Gauthiera pet name used by his mother who gave French classes when Gotye Featuring Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know was a child.
He chose his own spelling of this variation and named the project Gotye. He sent the CDs out to every radio station and recording industry contact he could find in the phonebook, then followed each up with phone calls to ensure they were delivered. Feedback on the first release was mainly positive with Melbourne street press and Australian alternative, youth orientated Soleares Por Villalón - Various - Jerez Canta Por Soleá Y Seguidillas station Triple J taking notice,  giving him confidence to continue with further sample-based recordings.
Around this time, Gotye met fellow singer-songwriter Kris Schroeder at a party in Mt Eliza, and the two began performing together under the name The Basics. They formed an enduring songwriting and performing partnership and became regulars on the live music scene, giving De Backer an outlet for his passion for live performance.
The Basics have continued to tour and record alongside Gotye, releasing four albums between and De Backer went on to produce two more four-track Gotye collections which were met with positive reviews, with several tracks Estas En Mi - Orquesta Riverside - Una Noche En Tropicana onto the rotation at youth radio station Triple J. The CDs were made in the same style as the first, with De Backer hand crafting each one and tenaciously chasing up every opportunity to get an audience for his work.
Interest in the Gotye project was growing, and De Backer was eventually offered a distribution deal by the label company Creative Vibes for an album, which would essentially be a collection of the tracks from his three earlier releases. The album art is a painting of De Backer's father that was salvaged from his home garden where it was discarded.
His album was released as Boardface in late He took up work at a local library, while continuing to perform with The Basics and record his own Gotye tracks.
Over the next few years, De Backer moved several times, each time shifting his home recording studio to a new location with new acoustic qualities. The culmination of this was the second Gotye album, Like Drawing Blood —named in reference to the difficulties De Backer experienced in recording his music Gotye Featuring Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know ever-changing environments. His first single, "Learnalilgivinanlovin", was released in August In"Hearts a Mess" came in at No.
InLike Drawing Blood came in at No. Like Drawing Blood was officially released in the U. After the success of Like Drawing BloodDe Backer was able to establish a permanent home, still in Melbourne's south east. Inhe set up a recording studio in a barn at his parents' farm and set about recording tracks for his third album. He released a new single, " Eyes Wide Open ", online and on 10" vinyl in mid-October The title was inspired by an artwork his father painted in the s, discovered by De Backer among old bills and newspapers in his parents' barn; it was later edited in Photoshop to become the album artwork.
On 19 Mayit was announced that the album would be released on 19 August, with its launch the following day at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Graphic Festival which would feature animators and a piece orchestra as part of Gotye's performance. Directed by Natasha Pincus, the video has now been viewed over 1. On 6 October the video was awarded the Melbourne Design Award.
The video was the Number 15 most viewed video of all-time on YouTube and the Number 4 most liked video of Gotye Featuring Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know [ when?
The visuals were animated and directed by Ari Gibson at Mechanical Apple. Also on this date, Gotye released a video title "Making Making Mirrors", which is a short documentary about the recording process of " Making Mirrors ". In its first week of release, Making Mirrors was already at Number 1 on the Australian ARIA albums chart, making Gotye the first Australian act to simultaneously hold both the Number 1 single and album since Silverchair in The album became an international success, charting in the Top 10 in 17 countries and reaching Number 1 in six.
It charted on the U. Billboard Number 7 and in Canada. On the same day the nominations Gotye Featuring Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know revealed, the winners of the Artisan categories were announced, with Gotye and the album personnel winning all three.
The visuals were animated and directed by Benjamin Drake and Eddie White. The next week it fell from the top spot but on 26 February it reached the top spot for a second time, where it remained for a total of five weeks. These collective performances helped the single to reach Number 1 on the Billboard Hot for the week ending 28 Aprilgiving Gotye his first U.
Number 1 single; the first Australian artist to reach Number 1 in the U. Gotye announced a world tour in May covering many parts of the world where he had not previously played.
Although the band formed a political movement named "The Basics Rock 'n' Roll Party" ahead of the Victorian electionDe Backer denied reports that he intended to enter politics himself. In —, De Backer became friends with electronic music pioneer Jean-Jacques Perreyand worked with Perrey to preserve his recorded legacy. The sextet made their debut performing two shows in tribute to Perrey at National Sawdust, in Brooklynon 22 November In a interview with Australia's BroadsheetDe Backer said, "You can dial in an incredibly wide range of sounds on the ondioline, and the unique mechanics for playing it allows you to create sounds very sensitively and with a musical deftness I just feel isn't present on most other electronic instruments from the '40s — or decades since.
In AugustGotye co-wrote an original verse and was sampled in the Broods single "Eyes a Mess", which did so to his early hit single "Heart's a Mess", released in The Australian newspaper identified Gotye in its "top 50 most influential Australians in the arts" list; the selection was largely based upon the success of the "Somebody That I Used to Know" song  and the publication described the composition as "one of the most successful songs in Australian music history".
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