Gotye | Wally De Backer

Gotye | Wally De Backer

Possible the shyest, most modest Melburnian to ever feature on OnlyMelbourne must surely be, the very talented artist, Gotye.

Walter (real Wouter) Wally De Backer better known to all of us as Gotye is a musician and singer-songwriter who grew up in Melbourne. He was born in Bruges, Belgium and in 1980, emigrated to Australia with his family when he was two years old.

His twitter account has the heading:
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Somebody That Used To Know

Featuring Kimbra
409,386,122 views (2013)

Something Few People Know

Gotye waves goodbye to $1m

It's the biggest selling single in Australian history but in a deal brokered well before the song topped charts, it's understood Gotye agreed to split royalties 55/45 with the estate of deceased South American musician Luiz Bonfa who, despite having died 10 years ago, received a co-writer credit on the tune.

DeBacker inked the back-end deal after sampling the guitar hook from Bonfa's Seville (released in 1967) which can be heard at the beginning and occasionally throughout the song.

He has also previously credited Bonfa's tune for providing the blueprint for his breakout hit single, saying the riff sparked the first few lines of lyrics.

It's understood Kimbra, too, gets a percentage of royalties. However, Bonfa and Gotye are equally credited as co-writers according to the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), supporting the claim the profits are evenly split. Article source below.

Re Picture (above) of the thousands of pics found on the web, we rather liked this simple black and white pic, found on his web site!

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