Gotye’s submission will be revealed at the project’s launch party in January 2015.

Photo: Cybele Malinopwski

Songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Gotye is the music-making mantle of one man band, Wally de Backer. A few years ago his indie album, Like Drawing Blood, became an underground classic and saw Gotye collect the 2007 ARIA for Best Male Artist.

The multi-platinum follow up – Making Mirrors – sold over 2 million copies worldwide and was a Top 10 album in over 25 countries. It won multiple ARIA’s in Australia and its equivalents abroad and spawned the hit single ‘Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)’. STIUTK has sold 15 million singles, been viewed over 443 million times on Youtube and was the most streamed song globally on Spotify in 2013. It was also the #1 iTunes single in over 50 countries and spent eight consecutive weeks at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

The success of Making Mirrors led to sold out shows around the world in major venues like Radio City Music Hall in New York and the Hammersmith Apollo in London. After a mammoth 2012, GOTYE brought his world tour to a close performing a handful of special homecoming shows back in Australia throughout December.

To cap off an incredible 18 months, Wally de Backer was awarded three Grammys for Alternative Music Album, Pop Duo/Group Performance and the prestigious Record of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Award ceremony in L.A.

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