Gotye (pronounced 'gore-ti-yeah') is the recording name of Australian multi-instrumental musician Wouter De Backer (born 21 May 1980, in Bruges, Belgium), also known as Walter (or Wally) De Backer.
De Backer is an ARIA Award-winning singer-songwriter. As Gotye, he has released two studio albums independently and one remix album featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums. He is also one-third of Melbourne indie-pop band The Basics, who have independently released three studio albums and numerous other titles since 2002. Born in Belgium in 1980, De Backer moved to Australia with his family at a young age. His parents chose to use the English variation of his name, Walter, when enrolling him in school. From early on, De Backer displayed a passion for music, learning various instruments, piano and drums most notably. 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 today. Downstares played shows mainly in the North-Eastern suburbs of Melbourne and were noted for their song-writing maturity and assured live performances. De Backer was the creative force behind the group, and their music reflected his diverse musical tastes, with Depeche Mode and Kate Bush among his favourite artists. De Backer graduated from Parade College in 1998 and was accepted to study Arts/Law at Melbourne University, and a Diploma in Modern Languages (Japanese). He would later discontinue the Law degree and Japanese studies, and complete a Bachelor of Arts, studying mainly cultural studies.