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.
“Somebody That I Used to Know” is a song written and recorded by Belgian-Australian singer and songwriter Gotye, featuring New Zealand singer/guitarist Kimbra. The song was released in Australia and New Zealand by Eleven Music on 5 July 2011 as the second single from his third studio album, Making Mirrors (2011). It was later released by Universal Music in December 2011 in the United Kingdom, and in January 2012 in the United States. “Somebody That I Used to Know” was written and recorded by Gotye at his parent’s house on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and is lyrically related to the experiences he has had with relationships.