How much is Gotye worth?
|Net Worth:||$10 Million|
|Date of Birth:||May 21, 1980|
Who Is Gotye
Gotye was born Wouter “Wally” De Backer in Belgium May 21, 1980. Gotye derives from the French variant of Walter (or Wouter), Gaultier. He moved with his family to Australia at the age of two. Gotye demonstrated musical talent from an early age particularly in playing the piano and drums. He became a part of the group Downstares with three high school friends. The band broke up when he graduated from high school, but one member Lucas Taranto continues to perform with Gotye.
In 2001 Gotye began recording his first music as a solo artist. He began releasing homemade four track CDs that he delivered to radio stations and music industry personnel. Ultimately these projects became the foundation for his first album Boardface released in 2003. During the same time Gotye began recording with Kris Schroeder in a duo called The Basics.
‘Like Drawing Blood’
Over the next few years Gotye experienced a number of disruptions in his personal life. The album he worked on ended up being titled Like Drawing Blood in reference to how it felt getting the recordings completed. In 2006 the album was released and it proved to be Gotye’s breakthrough in Australia. Like Drawing Blood was nominated for an ARIA Award as Best Independent Release as well as being nominated for the Australian Music Prize. In 2007 Gotye won the ARIA for Best Male Artist.
The success of Like Drawing Blood gave Gotye the stability to focus more deliberately on his music. “Somebody That I Used To Know,” the first single from his upcoming album, was released in July 2011 in Australia and quickly went to #1. It was followed by a #1 debut from the album Making Mirrors in August. Gotye won three ARIA Awards including Single of the Year. In early 2012 “Somebody That I Used To Know” hit #1 in the UK and began climbing the charts in the US.
Somebody That I Used To Know (2011)
Pop perfection does not come along often, but Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” is flawless. The song is compelling enough with its intriguing, minimalist opening, tale of a relationship gone bad, and Gotye’s Sting style wail on the chorus. Then we hear the female side of this story, and “Somebody That I Used To Know” is elevated to brilliance. The song is not flashy, but it is instantly memorable and destined to be a classic.
There is an aura of 80s pop that hangs over Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” The spare opening may remind a few pop fans of the intimate percussive feel of classic pop songs by the Thompson Twins. The use of both the male and female voices and words describing a relationship gone bad is reminiscent of Human League’s classic “Don’t You Want Me.” Then there is the dead ringer for Sting on the chorus. However, there is something about the intimacy of this recording that makes it not a copy but an elegant and clever use of influences to create something that stands tremendously well on its own.
Gotye has clearly updated his sound with contemporary digital technology. He says that a number of his “instruments” are virtual representations of real life equipment. The sounds have the slightly futuristic shimmer of electronic music, but they also retain the warmth of their predecessors. The song “Somebody That I Used To Know” first came to the attention of many US pop music fans through its recreation on an acoustic guitar by the Canadian group Walk Off the Earth. The durability of the song has already been proven through a wide range of cover versions.
By the time the song winds down to a close with both singers uttering “Somebody…,” where do our sympathies lie? Or is it simply a relationship that wasn’t meant to be? The lyrical brilliance of “Somebody That I Used To Know” is that it lays bare the pain in the unfortunate end to this pairing, but in realistic form it raises more questions about the protagonists than it answers. Most of us can also relate to the gnawing pain of someone important becoming simply, “Somebody that I used to know.” Gotye has riveted the attention of pop fans worldwide with this song. It has already reached #1 in seven different countries around the world. “Somebody That I Used To Know” has climbed into the top 10 on both the rock songs and alternative songs charts in the US.