(pronounced "go-ti-yay" or "Gauthier") is the alias of Australian electronic pop trickster Wally de Backer
. Born in Belgium and raised in Melbourne, de Backer
began making music in his bedroom as a teen, and for several years fronted the rock band Downstares. After the group dissolved, he gravitated toward cut-and-paste electronic music, and in 2003 issued the first Gotye
. Like Drawing Blood
followed two years later, notching the cult hit "Learnalilgivinanlovin" and earning J Award consideration from the influential Aussie radio station Triple J. De Backer
concurrently served in the Melbourne pop trio the Basics
. In 2011 Gotye
released Making Mirrors, featuring a duet with vocalist Kimbra, "Somebody That I Used to Know." The song became a global hit in 2012, charting in Billboard's Hot 100 and Rock Songs charts.