While it may seem like gotye has hung up his stage name and stepped away from music, he is far from done. De Backer has been busy on a variety of different projects that fans are able to keep up with thanks to the power of social media. Gotye’s most current project is a tribute to Jean-Jacques Perrey called the Ondioline Orchestra. This group performs in Melbourne and has won an Australian Helpmann award for their work.
The musician formerly known as gotye was born Wouter Andre De Backer in Bruges, Belgium in 1980, but his family moved to Australia when he was 2. He started making music in 2001 and recorded his first EP, Boardface. He made only 50 copies of this album and hand-wrote the track listing, putting his nickname Gotye on the front and back of the CD sleeve. He sent the recordings to a list of music industry contacts and radio stations around Melbourne and received positive feedback, giving him the confidence to continue with sample-based musical experiments.
In 2011, the breakup anthem Somebody That I Used To Know from his album Making Mirrors became an international hit. It went number one in 17 countries, including the U.S, and earned a slew of awards for the Belgian-Australian artist. De Backer is credited with revitalizing electro-pop and won a Grammy in 2013 for his efforts.
De Backer has stated that he plans to continue recording new material in the future but is not sure when he will release it under his stage name. He has also stayed active with his band The Basics and performed at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in California.