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The moniker “One Hit Wonder” is a really cruel one. It has been given to countless artists, bands, and musicians over the years right from the 1950s when popular music entered the public consciousness and singers were expected to have commercial success regularly. Pop and rock music especially is littered with innumerable singers and bands who had one or a couple of mega-hits that took the world by storm and have remained popular for many years subsequently. These artists are casually dismissed as one-hit wonders but it must be painful for them to know that they tasted heady success once and had the whole world at their feet but later it all disappeared and now they lead ordinary lives. The Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter Gotye has sometimes been called a one-hit-wonder because of the amazing global success of his single “Somebody That I Used to Know” in 2011 but nothing could be more unfair to this hugely talented musician. He has kept a very low profile since then and now in 2021 people are asking questions like – Where is Gotye now? They want to know – What happened to Gotye?

Who is Gotye?

 

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Gotye is the stage name of Wouter “Wally” De Backer who is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been creating music since 2001 and has been very influential over the years. Even though he is only 41 years old Gotye has produced a very important body of music and it has been different from the mainstream fare. He is a founding member of the indie-pop trio band The Basics who have released five studio albums so far and in his solo career, Gotye has released three studio albums. All three of Gotye’s albums have received critical acclaim and he surprisingly made the cash registers go crazy all over the world when his single “Somebody I Used to Know” became a blockbuster hit in 2011. That year people couldn’t go anywhere without having this catchy song playing nearby and making them think about their breakup with the one they once truly cared about. In 2013 he won three Grammy Awards for this single and the album Making Mirrors that spawned this hit.

Walking Away from a Mainstream Music Career

 

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When Making Mirrors achieved commercial success and Gotye became known all over the world people thought that the time had come for this talented musician to become the superstar he deserved to be. That’s when Gotye did a complete U-turn and chose relative anonymity over an active commercially oriented career. Surprisingly he has not released a single album since Making Mirrors in 2011 and in 2014 Gotye released a newsletter saying that he would not be releasing any more music under his stage name Gotye. He did give a glimmer of hope to his listeners and fans writing “Wait, maybe there will be. I’m not entirely sure right now. There are many contingencies.” Gotye simply dropped out of the limelight and became so unheard of that since then there have been “Is Gotye dead?” rumours circulating regularly in the music universe. So are the – is Gotye dead rumours true?

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Thankfully they are not! Gotye is not dead but is very much alive. He has been making music since 2011 and continues to do so. Only he keeps a very low profile and the media also has given him relative privacy because he wants it that way. Gotye has continued to make music with his band The Basics over the years and in November 2019 they released their latest album titled B.A.S.I.C. They have also released several EPs and live albums with Gotye contributing tremendously as a singer, songwriter, and musician. The Basics have performed internationally over the years and have done a few shows in America as well where their kind of music would struggle to be appreciated. After the musical pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey died in 2016 Gotye who had created a musical outfit in his honour named the Ondioline Orchestra in 2015 organized shows of this sextet in New York City. In May 2017 Gotye launched a new music label named Forgotten Futures and the first release was a compilation of some of Perrey’s rare and previously unreleased recordings.

A Long Awaited Fourth Album May be Forthcoming!

 

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Its 2021 now and where is Gotye today? Gotye seems to be warming up to release some new music that his fans will enthusiastically embrace. In July 2020 Gotye released a live album titled Live at The Songroom and has been talking about releasing his fourth studio album. According to reports, he is currently in New York City working on his fourth studio album. Knowing how talented Gotye is there is little doubt that if ever released his new album will be of a very high standard. Though Gotye doesn’t care about labels and titles given to him his fans are angry that sometimes he is called a one-hit-wonder. They point out his entire body of work and argue that he is one of the more accomplished and influential musicians of the 21st century. They are right! Gotye is a very important musician and everybody is hoping that he does release his new album and give the world more of his fantastic music!

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