Stromae in 2011
|Birth name||Paul Van Haver|
|Born||12 March 1985|
|Genres||House, New Beat, electronic music|
|Instruments||Musical keyboard, drums|
|Labels||Vertigo Records of Mercury Records France (Universal Music Group France)|
Paul Van Haver (born 12 March 1985 in Brussels), better known by his stage name Stromae (stʁɔmaj), is a Belgian singer-songwriter. He has established himself in both hip hop and electronic music genres. Stromae came to wide public attention with his song "Alors on danse", which became a number one in several European countries.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Musical career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Discography
- 5 Awards
- 6 Equipment
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Stromae was born in Brussels to a Rwandan father and a Flemish mother. His father was mostly absent during his childhood and was killed during the 1994 Tutsi Genocide. His mother raised him in a French community in the suburbs of Brussels. At the age of eleven Stromae began to show an interest in music and attended the Académie musicale de Jette, where he studied music history and learned to play the drums. This was his first experience with musical theory.
2000–2007: Early career
In 2000 he appeared as a rapper called Opmaestro, though he later changed his stage name to Stromae (a syllablic inversion of "Maestro", a practice called verlan).
At the age of 18, he founded a rap group called "Suspicion", along with rapper "J.E.D.I." in Eichof. They produced the song and music video "Faut que t'arrête le Rap...", though later, J.E.D.I. decided to leave the rap duo. In order to finance his private school education, Van Haver worked part-time in the hospitality industry, but his school performance wasn't up to standard. It was only later, when he registered at Institut national de radioélectricité et cinématographie, that he released his first album "Juste un cerveau, un flow, un fond et un mic...".
2007–2008: Debut EP and record career
During his study at the film school of Brussels, Stromae decided in 2007 to concentrate fully on his musical career. This resulted in his debut-EP "Juste un cerveau, un flow, un fond et un mic…". In 2008 he signed a 4-year record deal with "Because Music" and "Kilomaître".
2009–2012: Breakthrough and international success
In 2009 Stromae worked as a young trainee at the musical radio station NRJ in Brussels. Vincent Verbelen, Music Manager, was impressed by the talent of Stromae's first single 'Alors on danse' and decided to air it for the first time on NRJ. The response from listeners (including influential personalities ranging from Anna Wintour and Jean-Claude Van Damme, to the then French president Nicolas Sarkozy) was one of extreme enthusiasm and Stromae came to wider public attention. In a few weeks from that point, sales of the song established it as number one in Belgium.
By May 2010 the track Alors on danse had reached number one in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Romania and the Czech Republic.
Of his music and its influences he has said: "I was in a little group doing rap music. I thought that rather than copying the French sound, I'd focus on a more American style but give it a European spin. And then I rediscovered 90s Eurodance. For a long time we were ashamed of that sound but in fact there's a lot to discover, it has its roots in everything from house to salsa. I also really admire Jacques Brel – he has been a huge influence on me – but also all sorts of other stuff, Cuban son, and the Congolese rumba, that I heard as a child; that music rocked the whole of Africa." Also, Stromae insists he wanted to collaborate with up and coming rap group Swag+5 featuring rapper T-Jay. In the end, the collaboration did not take place, but Stromae is a big fan of the American based group. The critic Molloy Woodcraft : "He combines 90s electro synths and beats with a laidback delivery to mesmeric effect".
He is one of the ten winners of the European Border Breakers Award 2011. On February 9, 2011, his debut album 'Cheese' (including the hit single "Alors on danse") won the award for Best Dance Album at the Victoires de la Musique.
On May 23, 2011, during the recording of the French TV show Taratata, Stromae did a mashup of Alors on danse and Don't Stop the Party with the Black Eyed Peas. Stromae also announced he would perform as opening support act for the first of two concerts by the band in Paris on June 24 and 25, 2011 at Stade De France. Stromae had previously met will.i.am at the NRJ Music Awards in January. will.i.am told him that he liked "Alors on danse" and said he wanted to collaborate with Stromae.
2013–present: Racine Carrée
The first single "Papaoutai" from his upcoming second album Racine Carrée (English: 'Square root') was digitally released on May 13, 2013. It went on to chart number 1 in Belgium and France, number 2 in the Netherlands, as well as number 7 in Germany and Switzerland.
On May 22, 2013, amateur-looking videos appeared on YouTube showing Stromae, apparently drunk and wandering at the Louiza tram station in Brussels at dawn. The videos went viral. A few days later, it was revealed that this was linked with the filming of a professional music video. This was confirmed during an appearance by Stromae on the French TV show Ce soir ou jamais in which he discussed and also performed his new single "Formidable", which is about the story of a drunk man just separated from his girlfriend. The clip was made from edited hidden camera footage taken on May 22. It also shows people taking pictures with their cellphones and three policemen talking to the artist.
On July 26, 2013, Stromae announced on his Facebook and Twitter accounts that he had completed his second Studio album Racine Carrée or √ and that it would be released on August 16, 2013. On August 25, 2013, Stromae joined Major Lazer's show at French festival Rock en Seine, where he performed Papaoutai. In September 2013, Belgian rock band Mintzkov covered his song "Formidable/Wonderful" for a live session on Studio Brussel, with lyrics in English. In November 2013, Stromae received the award for Best Belgian Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
- 2007: Juste un cerveau, un flow, un fond et un mic…
- 2006: Freestyle Finest
- 2009: Mixture Elecstro
- 2009 : NRJ Music Awards « révélation musicale belge francophone 2009 »
- 2010 : Music Industry Awards « hit of the year » for Alors on danse
- 2010 : Music Industry Awards « musical breakthrough of the year »
- 2011 : European Association of brass bands
- 2011 : Victoires de la musique « album de musiques électroniques ou dance de l’année » with Cheese
- 2011 : Ultratop Download Award « most downloaded artist in 2010 in Belgium »
- 2011 : Octave de la musique « artiste de l'année » et « spectacle de l'année »
- 2012 : ADISQ « artiste francophone s’étant le plus illustré au Québec »
- 2013 : Festival international du film francophone de Namur « meilleur clip » for Papaoutai
- 2013 : Prix Rolf Marbot for song of the year for Formidable
- 2013 : MTV Europe Music Awards « best Belgian Artist »
- 2013 : NRJ Music Awards 2014 « Francophone song » with "Formidable"
- 2013 : NRJ Music Awards 2014 « French-speaking male artist »
- MacBook Pro
- Reason (software)
- M-Audio Evolution eKeys 49 MIDI Keyboard
- AKAI Professional LPK25 laptop MIDI Keyboard
- Digidesign Mbox2
- Kazoo (23.25 mm 0.92 inch)
- Sayare, Scott (2013-10-14). "Stromae: Disillusion, With a Dance Beat". The New York Times.
- Stromae feat. Kanye West – Alors on danse on YouTube (2010-09-02). Retrieved on 2012-02-22.
- The Observer, 5 September 2010
- Black Eyed Peas at Stade De France | MSN Arabia Entertainment. Arabia.msn.com (2011-07-26). Retrieved on 2012-02-22.
- MTV EMA 2011 :: 06.11.2011 :: Belfast :: Stromae. Be.mtvema.com (2011-11-06). Retrieved on 2012-02-22.
- Stromae bourré à Bruxelles on YouTube (2013-05-23)
- "Stromae - Formidable (ceci n'est pas une leçon)". 27 May 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
- "VIDEO. Formidable : le clip de Stromae nous a tous buzzés" (in French). lexpress.fr. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
- "Stromae". Facebook. 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- "Twitter / Stromae: It's done. My 2nd album will". Twitter.com. 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- Thijs, Tommy (18 September 2013). "Dit zijn de genomineerden voor de MTV European Music Awards". De Morgen (in Dutch). Retrieved 18 September 2013.
- "2013 MTV EMA: Highlights of the show & winners". MTV. 10 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- "Het officiële Rode Duivels-lied is er!". De Standaard (in Dutch). 17 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
- LD (17 June 2011). "Stromae confirme être en couple avec Tatiana Silva". Cine Télé Revue (in French). Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- Delvaux, Catherine (26 April 2013). "Stromae et Tatiana Silva ont rompu" (in French). 7SUR7.be. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Stromae.|
- (French) Official website
- Stromae's channel on YouTube
- Stromae at AllMusic
- Stromae at the Internet Movie Database
- Stromae on Twitter
- Stromae: Disillusion, With a Dance Beat by Sayare, Scott, 14 October 2013 in The New York Times