Gotye Biography & News
In a short time, everybody gets to 'Know' Gotye (Updated January 23, 2013)
What can you say about a musician whose voice has been compared to the likes of Sting and Peter Gabriel? Well, there's a lot to say about Wouter "Wally" De Backer, known by the stage name Gotye. The Belgian-Australian is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose big break came with the hit "Somebody That I Used to Know."
Though De Backer began making music in his bedroom as a teen, it took three independent albums for fans and critics to sit up and take notice. Still, he's come a long way from printing his own CDs, handwriting the track list and coloring in the sleeve by hand. Once he had the ear of Australia's Melbourne street press and a youth radio station taking notice, he eventually got a distribution deal for "Boardface," released in late 2003.
Backer's next release was as eclectic as his living arrangements. He recorded tracks in a makeshift home studio as he hopped from house to house over several years, and the album "Like Drawing Blood" was a reference to the difficulties he experienced in ever-changing environments. The project won him 'Most Outstanding New Independent Artist' in Australia and later won iTunes album of the year in the UK.
Running with the success, Gotye released "Making Mirrors" in 2011, collaborating with New Zealand vocalist Kimbra on "Somebody that I Used to Know." The song took on a life on its own, as it topped the US, UK, Australian and 23 other national charts, and sold more than 13 million copies worldwide. It was performed live on shows such as "American Idol", "The Voice" and "Saturday Night Live," and covered in the "Glee" episode "Big Brother."
Gotye later paid tribute to the stunning number of cover versions of "Somebody That I Used to Know" by releasing a video remix, comprises of segments from hundreds of online parodies and covers, titled "Somebodies: A YouTube Orchestra."
Gotye's 2012 world tour began in August in Korea, then went through Japan, North America, Europe and the Middle East before ending in Australia in December. He's heading to India for the first time in February 2013, and will perform in Delhi at Blue Frog as the finale to Oz Fest.
|Album name||Release date|
|Somebody That I Used to Know||2011|
|Somebody That I Used to Know (D.B. edit)||2011|
|Eyes Wide Open||2010|
|Learnalilgivinanlovin (Passion Pit mix)||2009|
|Like Drawing Blood||2006|
Top 10 Gotye Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|1||Somebody That I Used To Know||3,587,011||395,781|
|2||Eyes Wide Open||832,912||202,306|
|3||Smoke And Mirrors||511,532||149,288|
|4||Easy Way Out||486,487||145,843|
|6||I Feel Better||407,206||122,818|
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Past Tour Dates for Gotye
Gotye Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 01/30/2013 Osaka 21 Big Cat
Gotye Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/14/2012 Sydney New South Wales Sydney Entertainment Centre 12/12/2012 Brisbane Qld Riverstage Brisbane 12/08/2012 Melbourne Vic Sidney Myer Music Bowl 12/06/2012 Hindmarsh SA Adelaide Entertainment Centre 11/23/2012 Dubai DU World Trade Center 11/21/2012 Copenhagen 147 Falkoner Theatre 11/19/2012 Berlin BE Columbia Halle 11/17/2012 Lisbon 11 Campo Pequeno 11/15/2012 Manchester Lancashire O2 Apollo Manchester 11/13/2012 London Lnd Eventim Apollo 11/12/2012 London Lnd Eventim Apollo 11/10/2012 Amsterdam Nhl Heineken Music Hall 11/09/2012 Munich ?? Zenith - Munich 11/08/2012 Frankfurt HE Jahrhunderthalle Frankfurt 11/07/2012 Basel Basel-stadt Musical Theatre 11/05/2012 Warsaw Poland Torwar 11/03/2012 Esch-sur-Alzette L Rockhal 11/01/2012 Antwerp Van Antwerps Sportpaleis 10/31/2012 Paris Ile Zenith de Paris 10/30/2012 Dusseldorf NW Mitsubishi Electric Halle 10/13/2012 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/13/2012 Austin TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater 10/12/2012 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/12/2012 Grand Prairie TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 10/11/2012 The Woodlands TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 10/10/2012 New Orleans LA UNO Lakefront Arena 10/08/2012 Orlando FL House of Blues Orlando 10/07/2012 Miami FL Bayfront Park 10/05/2012 Atlanta GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre 10/04/2012 Tuscaloosa AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater 10/03/2012 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium 10/01/2012 Raleigh NC Red Hat Amphitheater 09/30/2012 Columbia MD Merriweather Post Pavilion 09/29/2012 Camden NJ Susquehanna Bank Center 09/27/2012 Brooklyn NY Williamsburg Park 09/26/2012 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 09/25/2012 New York NY Radio City Music Hall 09/22/2012 Boston MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 09/21/2012 Montreal QC Grand Chapiteau at Quays of the Old Port Montreal 09/20/2012 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 09/18/2012 Detroit MI Fox Theatre Detroit 09/17/2012 Columbus OH Lifestyle Communities Pavilion 09/16/2012 Lakewood OH Lakewood Civic Auditorium 09/16/2012 Cleveland OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica 09/14/2012 Kansas City MO Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park 09/09/2012 Berkeley CA Greek Theatre - Berkeley 09/08/2012 Santa Barbara CA Santa Barbara Bowl 09/07/2012 Las Vegas NV House of Blues Las Vegas 09/06/2012 Berkeley CA Greek Theatre - Berkeley 09/05/2012 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre 09/04/2012 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre 09/02/2012 Troutdale OR McMenamins Historic Edgefield Manor 09/01/2012 Seattle WA Seattle Center 09/01/2012 Seattle WA Seattle Center 08/31/2012 Vancouver BC Orpheum Theatre 08/31/2012 Burnaby BC Deer Lake Park 08/29/2012 Calgary AB Stampede Corral 08/28/2012 Edmonton AB Shaw Conference Centre 08/26/2012 Minneapolis MN Target Center 08/26/2012 Saint Paul MN Myth 08/25/2012 Milwaukee WI Riverside Theatre 08/24/2012 Chicago IL FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island 08/22/2012 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 04/19/2012 Los Angeles CA Nokia Theatre LA Live 04/18/2012 San Francisco CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 04/12/2012 San Francisco CA The Independent 04/10/2012 Seattle WA Showbox SoDo 04/09/2012 Portland OR Crystal Ballroom 04/08/2012 Vancouver BC Vogue Theatre 04/06/2012 Denver CO Ogden Theatre 04/04/2012 Minneapolis MN Varsity Theater 04/03/2012 Chicago IL Aragon Ballroom 04/02/2012 Ypsilanti MI Pease Auditorium 03/31/2012 Toronto ON Kool Haus 03/30/2012 Montreal QC Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre 03/29/2012 Boston MA Paradise Rock Club 03/27/2012 New York NY Webster Hall 03/25/2012 New York NY Terminal 5 03/23/2012 Upper Darby PA Tower Theater 03/22/2012 Washington DC 9:30 Club 02/06/2012 New York NY Bowery Ballroom 02/02/2012 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre
Gotye Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 10/24/2011 Toronto ON Wrongbar 10/22/2011 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 10/18/2011 Los Angeles CA The Satellite