Art has never been the style and style has never been art. The new face of the new lost generation, Stromae, released his first albumÂ CheeseÂ in 2010. In the beginning of that same year, “Alors on danse” exploded onto the international charts for weeks and propelled him to the rank of musical phenomenon. Not being a fan conventions, the young maestro offers a departure from the bling-bling hip- hop wardrobe. With bow-ties and humility, he explains that he “is simply dressed to go to work.” Not without a certain irony, this rejection of “trends” becomes a trend in itself. Always at the center of the movement, the artist is first and foremost his own creator.
The sound of Stromae, moving to his own new beat, offers a more “danceable” version of the technotronic and underground house music of early 90s Belgium. The term refers to a new beat close to acid house and techno along with its precursor, 80s Chicago house music.
Stromae, whose real name is Paul Van Haver, began as young prodigy immersed in hip- hop and electro beats and passionate for drums and percussion. Born to a Rwandan father and a Belgian mother, Stromae now lives in Brussels where he works from his home studio. Composer, lyricist and producer, he writes his own songs and performs them later in innovative ways.
In 2009, on a webcam, he played the role of a music teacher. With posts like “How to compose a song”, he introduced several of his own tracks, including “Alors on danse ” (Lesson No. 8 of the famous “Lessons Stromae”).
Discovered by users, the maestro of rhythm and rhyme would never have imagined that one day he’d cause a contagious frenzy extending from Belgium to Germany and eventually throughout the whole of Europe .
At only 25 years old, with his undeniable talent, his ideas full of resources and a global buzz, Stromae does not just dance: his music speaks to his work, his boredom, his fights; it speaks of love, domestic violence, his life and the life that he has left to live. His poetry has a hard urban edge but his message is positive.
Stromae’s music immerses the audience in a stream of catchy melodies and leaves us to ponder his incisive flow. A new trend is born.
STROMAE TO RELEASE “√LIVE” VIDEO DECEMBER 11TH
Internationally acclaimed superstar Stromae has today announced that he will be releasing a live video worldwide on December 11th. The concert – titled “√Live” – was filmed during his most recent North American tour and features 17 songs performed in front of a live audience, capturing the Belgian artist’s incomparable live performance, hit singles (track listing below) and spectacular LED light show.
The 120-minute long video features a specially designed digi-book hardcover and is accompanied by an exclusive 80-page booklet with souvenir pictures from the 209-date tour. Pre-order a copy of “√Live” here.
Set for worldwide release on December 11th via Epic Records in the U.S and produced by Mosaert, “√Live” makes the perfect holiday gift for any Stromae fan and is a magnificent reminder of his legendary live shows that has recruited everyone from Madonna to Major Lazer and Lorde as fans.
Earlier this year, Kanye West famously surprised and bowed down to Stromae live on-stage at Coachella Festival and on October 1st Stromae became the first ever completely non-English speaking artist to have sold-out at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Stromae has sold-out arenas across 4 different continents, reached #1 in 25 countries and has sold more than 3.5 million copies of his current album “Racine Carrée” (which translates to “Square-Root”).
“√Live” was directed by Luc Junior Tam, Gautier & Leduc, filmed at the Centre Bell in Montreal, QC and will be available worldwide on DVD,Blu-ray Disc, iTunes, Amazon, and Google+ from December 11th.
“√ Live” will premiere worldwide on Vevo starting December 9th.
Pre-order your copy here.
Stromae Takes America
The past month has been a whirlwind for Stromae, who ended a massive tour with an unprecedented sold-out show at New York’s most-hallowed venue, Madison Square Garden on October 1st.
Along the way, Stromae presented videos in a series called Stromae takes America , the last of which, featuring a ramshackle back-of-a-pickup accompaniment to Ave Cesaria near San Francisco, is viewable below.
See How Stromae Surprised New Yorkers in this Pitchfork Video Debut (September 2015)
Continuing his famous Lessons video series, international music phenomenon by way of Belgium, Stromae surprised many a passerby in New York by performing Papoutai in various famous locations around the city, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Times Square, to in the subway.
With many of his North American shows long sold-out, Stromae will be joined by Janelle Monae at the most-famed of New York venues, Madison Square Garden on October 1st. A household name throughout the world, Americans have recently fallen for Stromae-o-mania, with acclaimed performances recently at Coachella, SXSW, and a remix from Kanye West himself.
See the Pitchfork Article here:Â http://pitchfork.com/
Stromae Announces Janelle Monae as Special Guest at Oct 1 MSG Show in NYC (august 2015)
Since the release of his North American debut album Racine Carreeinternational superstar Stromae has gone on to sell more than 3.5 million albums, performed for thousands of fans in stadiums across the globe, and for the first time in pop history, will be the first ever French spoken artist to have headlined the prestigious Madison Square Garden in New York City this fall.
Joining him as special guest at Madison Square Garden is the incomparable Janelle Monae for one night only on October, 1st 2015. Limited amount of tickets are now available for purchase here. The incredible Jidenna will also join Stromae as direct support for the tour (except for the 9/12 show in Miami). For a full list of tour dates, see below.
High profile fans joining his legion of dedicated supporters include Lorde, Madonna, Diplo, Kanye West (who famously made a surprise appearance on stage at this year’s Coachella), Boy George, Tove Lo, Icona Pop, Sam Smith amongst many others. They have all publically proclaimed their admiration for the Belgian artist, whose aforementioned full-length album reached #1 in the Billboard World Album Charts and reached multi-platinum status across the world.
This fall, one of the most truly unique and loved performers of our time, will be returning to North American shores for a headlining tour in continued support of Racine Carree
Stromae Debuts Video for Carmen Via Buzzfeed (April 2015)
Coming off major praise in international and notably American following his sets at Austin’s SXSW Festival, Stromae has debuted a clever new video for “Carmen”.
The song is Stromae’s satirical take on obsessive Twitter culture set to the tune of the Opera classic “Habanera” from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’, with illustrated visuals from Sylvain Chomet, the director who brought us The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist.