And to all this, what happened to Gotye after “Somebody That I Used to Know” and where is he now?

We know it’s crazy, but just for a moment, let’s go back to the now distant 2011. A lot happened during that year: the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Arab spring was at its peak, Messi won his third ball of gold and figures such as Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Taylor, Leonora Carrington, Amy Winehouse, Capulina and Rita Guerrero lost their lives. However, there was a song that certainly takes us back to that time, because it played in , Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”.

On July 11 of that year, the australian artist released this single officially and it was a real madness, there was no way to escape that song – for better or worse. However, despite the fact that this great song brought a lot of success and fame to Wouter André De Backer –as he is actually called–, the one hit wonder phenomenon was his blessing and curse, because after this song, he practically disappeared from the mainstream.

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The Basics and his career before worldwide success

This musician’s career began in 2002, when he formed the band The Basics with his friends in Brisbane, Australia.. Little by little they gained fame in the independent scene and were one of the groups of the new wave of pop rock in that country. However, Wally –as many nickname him– always had a great musical interest, which is why a year later He released his first solo album, board facebut instead of using his name, he decided to release it under the Gotye pseudonym.

As he continued with the grouping, Wally was working on his own music., where he moved away from pop to experiment with other sounds such as electronics and rock. In 2006 he released his second recording material called Like Drawing Bloodthe lime began to make noise within the industry thanks to singles like “Heart’s a Mess”, “Coming Back” and “Learnalilgivinanlovin”, as they gave him quite positive reviews that they profiled him as a true promise of Australian music that he cared not only about his songs, but also about the visuals.

However, after this album and dedicating several years to The Basics, Gotye began to write the songs that would be part of his next studio album, Making Mirrors. The first preview was “Eyes Wide Open”, where he showed that once again he would use a huge diversity of genres and instruments and that, of course, I created expectations to hear what he was composing. But the second single that promoted this plate would be the one that would catapult it worldwide.

The overwhelming success of “Somebody That I Used To Know”

As we mentioned before, in July 2011, Gotye premiered “Somebody That I Used To Know”an alternative pop song full of melancholy where he tells us the story of a man who is in a rather stormy love relationship and now, after so much damage, sees the woman he dated and loved as a stranger. But in a story there are always two versions, and the part of the woman sang it Kimbra, a New Zealand artist who, like Wally, was just on the brink of success.

As if this weren’t enough, they also released a video clip for this song that featured the direction of Natasha Pincus and which both artists star in and which was undoubtedly a key part of the madness that would come later. Furthermore, indirectly some celebrities like Ashton Kutcher and Lily Allen promoted the song by sharing it on their Twitter accountsgetting his thousands of followers to listen to the Australian’s music.

After several weeks of its premiere, the single went 11 times platinum in Australia and went to number 1 in 18 countries. In short, this single has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling digital singles of all time. To top it off, the singer-songwriter went on tour in Korea, Japan, North America, Europe, the Middle East and ended up in Australia, with shows that were sold out (in Mexico we were looking forward to seeing him, because his concert at the Palacio de los Deportes was cancelled)..

Starting with “Somebody That I Used To Know”, much of the planet knew Gotye’s voice. This great artist appeared in the most important television programs such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Saturday Night Live Y glee, and even Three Days Grace and other artists released their covers. with this role, reached his first number 1 in the United States, being the first Australian artist since Savage Garden to score this achievement. And to crown the success of the song, Wally took home two Grammys in 2013 in the categories of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year.which was given to him by the Prince himself.

So what happened to Gotye and what does he do now?

So, as you can see, it was painting to be the beginning of a huge career driven by a song that many of us had in our heads. However, from one moment to another, Gotye disappeared from the mainstream but… what happened to him? Well, here goes the answer. In 2014 she gave some charity shows, but that same year she released spirit level, his own independent record label. Months later, he said in a press release that he would not release new music as a solo artist, although he did maintain the possibility that the project could continue in the future (spoiler, it didn’t happen and he dedicated himself to other things).

Wally continued as drummer and singer for The Basicswith whom he released the albums The Lucky Country (2014), The Age of Entitlement (2015) and BASIC (2019), but which also had a short break. In addition, he appeared as a guest artist on tracks alongside emerging artists such as Bibio and Martin Johnson. On November 22, 2016, he made his debut with his group Ondioline Orchestra in New York, in a show in which he paid tribute to Jean-Jacques Perrey.the legendary French musician who was a pioneer of electronic music and who would initially attend the tribute, but died days before at the age of 87 .

By 2017, Gotye was back with a new record label, Forgotten Futureswhose first release was Jean-Jacques Perrey et son OndiolineorA compilation of rare and previously unreleased recordings by Perrey, and from then on, he became a kind of protector and promoter of the music of the also producer. A year later, collaborated with the artist Les Campbell on a complete album Y worked on a mashup of his songs “Heart’s A Mess” and “Eyes Wide Open” with the electronic duo Broods.

In July 2020, Wally released a live show titled Live at The Songroomwhich he recorded two years earlier for a web series with his fellow The Basics –with whom a new version of “Somebody That I Used To Know” was released– and in which the winner of the Australian version of The Voice, Monty Cotton. However, despite stepping out of the spotlight, has stated that he intends to release a fourth studio album. In fact, he said that he wanted to pay homage to Perrey on this album, but he just doesn’t show any signs of life. So as you will see, he never left or disappeared, but after the overwhelming success, he preferred to take a break from all the media pressure.

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And to all this, what happened to Gotye after “Somebody That I Used to Know” and where is he now?