Describe Gotye here. He's somewhat tall, Belgian-Australian, male...Wouter "Wally" De Backer, better known by his stage name Gotye, is an indie/alternative rock singer song-writer best known for his #1 hit "Somebody That I Used to Know" though other songs of his have charted such as "Eyes Wide Open" which got to #96 on the Hot 100 and "Hearts A Mess" charted #8 on Triple J Hot 100 of 2006. His singing style has been compared to Sting and Peter Gabriel, while his music videos were once described by Todd in the Shadows as, "Like happier versions ofToolvideos."
Album Title Drop: In Making Mirrors, he does one with the song of the same name.
Maybe we're only making mirrors.
Animated Music Video: "Hearts A Mess", "Learnalilgivinanlovin", "Bronte", "Thanks for Your Time", "State of the Art", "Eyes Wide Open", and "Seven Hours With A Backseat Driver".
Ascended Fanboy: Prince had the honour of handing Gotye his trophy for Record of the Year (for "Somebody That I Used to Know") at the 2013 Grammys. Prince prefaced the announcement by stating, "Oh I love this song," when glancing at the envelope's contents. Gotye started his acceptance speech by thanking Prince: "Many years listening to this man's music, growing up, and a big reason I was inspired to make music. Thank you."
Bizarre Instrument: From near the ending to "Save Me", he has found out how different an auto harp sounds when each plucked note is quickly sampled and played back on a MIDI keyboard, as opposed to being played on the actual instrument.
Hear that low, piano-like sound in "Eyes Wide Open"? It isn't a piano. It's a recording of this.
Gender Bender: There was a rumor that he was gonna get a sex change. Gotye said, Do I have to? Maybe it’s fun keeping it open.”
Genre-Busting: His stuff is rather hard to pin down with just one descriptor.
Innocence Lost: A possible interpretation of the backing visuals to "Seven Hours With A Backseat Driver".
Last Note Nightmare: The album version of "Giving Me A Chance" end with a brief silence after the track ends, then a quiet sonic mass builds up to a sample of the, "Don't worry" from "Dig Your Own Hole".
More Popular Spin Off: Gotye is, well was at least until their hiatus ends in 2014, in a Rock band called The Basics, but chances are you only know about them because of Gotye who despite being the drummer could be called the Face of the Band.