Stromae performed at the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands on August 16, 2014. Here’s an English translation of a short interview he gave in French there.
Stromae: I’m fine.
Interviewer: Your success this past year was enormous. Are you able to adjust to the speed of this success?
Stromae: I don’t know if you can get there. It’s impossible, because I think it’s not a natural human state. Because it’s too much, and because, it’s great, but it’s a lot. It’s not for no reason that I’m going on vacation in three days.
Stromae: Because I need to find myself again, to recharge myself and all that…
Interviewer: Yes, I can imagine.
Stromae: Yes, we did a lot, a lot, yes.
Interviewer: The United States.
Interviewer: What’s going on there right now?
Stromae: What’s happening is we’re starting out. We went there to do a concert in New York. And, well, I was pretty happy because it was clear that it was half English-speaking and half French-speaking. I thought we were only going to have French-speakers so I felt reassured. And then I tell myself (actually, I don’t tell myself), we’re going to go on tour in September for 15 dates over there in the United States.
Interviewer: That’s really special.
Stromae: But it’s not like here in Europe. It’s really some real development. We’re starting out, we’re trying to make ourselves heard. And that’s it.
Interviewer: What’s going on with you in 5 years? Do you have a plan?
Stromae: I think that in 5 years, give or take, there will be another album I believe. A third. Yeah. But in between… So, we expect to finish the tour in September 2015, October at the latest, and after that I’m resting. I’m trying to live normally. And then I’ll compose, I’ll try things, and then doubtless it’ll be 2017 or something like that. Yeah, 2017, 2018, I don’t know, album three. Yes.
Interview: It’s good to have the possibility of getting some rest for a while.
Stromae: Exactly, it’s a luxury. I tell myself, so, enjoy, take advantage of it, instead of telling yourself “No, you have to surf, you have to keep going.” No, I just have to rest, so that I know what the real priorities of life are too, because the force of doing that every day <makes “chugging” motion with arms> makes you believe that’s real life, but in fact it’s not. You’re fooling yourself.
Interviewer: Of course, you should stop when it’s too much.
Stromae: Exactly. You have to re-center yourself. It’s important to work, but the family is also important.
Stromae: So that’s it, I don’t see them very much, so I have to see them again a little bit.