Recorded in August 2013, just days after the release of Racine Carrée, Stromae’s set for RTBF DJ Experience is a great showcase of the variety of Stromae’s musical tastes. The show, recorded in Brussels, invites local personalities to present a live DJ set for an audience. Stromae’s set is energetic, unpolished, and raw, showing Stromae and his team flush with the initial euphoria of the release of his second album, but before the full impact of its meteoric success had hit.
The set, divided into two parts, lasts over an hour. Here are just a few of the highlights:
–Racine Carrée tour musician Simon LeSaint as the main DJ
–Stromae’s manager and friend Dimitri Borrey (who used to DJ in his own right but now usually appears as Stromae’s omnipresent but silent sidekick) takes a turn as DJ for a little bit. He’s enthusiastically front and center for the entire set, hollering into a microphone and showing off his dance moves right up there at the front of the stage with his buddy.
–Samples from 2009’s Mixture Elecstro, released only on Stromae’s website and unavailable now
–Mashup of “Papaoutai” with The Temptations’ “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” followed by another “Papaoutai” remix
–Stromae sings karaoke-style with “Formidable”
–A group of Stromae’s colleagues and friends, including members of his creative label Mosaert, mill about towards the rear of the stage. Now and then Stromae leads one or the other forward to be enthusiastically introduced. One of these friends is Julie, a former DJ at NRJ radio. Stromae introduces her with “S‘il vous plaît, un maximum de bruit pour Julie ! C’est elle qui a joué mon morceau chez NRJ.” “Please give it up for Julie! She’s the one who played my song at NRJ.” And by “my song” he means his first international megahit, “Alors on Danse.” It was played on the air for the first time on NRJ radio in Brussels in 2009.
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Stromae’s DJ Set for RTBF Experience Part I
Stromae’s DJ Set for RTBF Experience Part II
RTBF (Radio Télévision Belge Francophone) is the public broadcasting organization serving the southern, French-speaking part of Belgium.