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Wouter “Wally” De Backer (born 21 May 1980 in Bruges, Belgium), better known by the stage name Gotye, is an indie pop/experimental singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Victoria, Australia.

Backer was born in Belgium, but moved with his family to Melbourne, Australia when he was two. Originally a member of the indie band Downstares, Backer began performing under the name Gotye in 2001 when the band disbanded. Aside from his solo work, De Backer has been a member of the indie band The Basics since its formation in 2002.

Gotye’s second album Like Drawing Blood was featured by Triple J in May 2006 and was voted Number 1 in the listeners poll of the Best Album of 2006 . The album was also nominated for a J Award that year. Two tracks from that album, Learnalilgivinanlovin and Heart’s A Mess, were ranked 94 and 8 respectively in Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2006. Like Drawing Blood has been certified Platinum.

In September 2006, Gotye was nominated for an Australian Recording Industry Music Award (ARIA award) for best independent release for his album Like Drawing Blood, and won ‘Most Outstanding New Independent Artist’ at the inaugural Australian Independent Record (AIR) Chart Awards.

Eyes Wide Open” is a song by the Belgian-born Australian musician Gotye from his third studio album Making Mirrors. It was released as a digital download on 5 November 2010 in Australia and 4 June 2012 in the United States and United Kingdom. The song was written and produced by Gotye. It peaked at #55 on the Australian Singles Chart.


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