In an interview published today, Stromae talks to James Keith of the culture magazine Complex UK. Introducing him as “your favourite artist you’ve never heard of,” Keith takes us through a little history, beginning with Stromae’s early days as the rapper known as Opmaestro, through his astronomical success with “Alors On Danse” from 2010’s Cheese, and into the “queue of rappers, singers and producers wanting to work with the 29-year old Belgian.”
The even bigger success of Stromae’s second album, 2013’s Racine Carrée, has left him reeling to keep up with the dizzying effects of the sudden fame and adoration heaped upon him.
Stromae talks about his Belgian childhood, making choices, and the the themes in his music, and answers questions such as:
- How do you bring together and channel your influences?
- Is the idea that there is good and bad in us all something that runs through all of your music?
- Were there many negative reactions against your video of “Formidable“?
- What was it like working with Kanye West?
- How did it feel when your song, “Ta Fête,” was chosen as Belgium’s World Cup song?
- What have you got planned in the future?