By Bad Seed
Birth name Paul van Haver
Also known asStromae
Born March 12, 1985 (age 25)
Origin Brussels, Belgium
Genres Hip-hop, Electronic music
Instruments Musical keyboard
He was born to a Rwandan father and a Belgian mother. At the age of eleven Paul van Haver already showed an interest in music, and attended l'Académie Musicale de Jette, where he was taught both the drum and music history.
In 2000 he appeared as a rapper called Opmaestro, though he later changed his stage name to Stromae ("Maestro" with the syllables switched). It was with this name that van Haver had success.
When he was eighteen, he founded a rap group called "Suspicion", along with rapper "J.E.D.I." in Eichof. They produced the song and video "Faut k't'arrêtes 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 fast food industry, but his school performance wasn't up to standard. It was later, when he registered at l'Institut National de Radioélectricité et Cinématographie that he released his first album "Juste un cerveau, un flow, un fond et un mic...".
In 2008 he signed a 4-year record publishing deal with "Because Music" and "Kilomaître". In 2009 Paul was 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 ever on NRJ. The audience reacted entousiastically and Stromae's carreer was launched. He rapidly became N°1 in sales In Belgium.
Vertigo a label of Mercury/Universal Music France signed him to a worldwide licensing deal soon after this.
By May 2010 the track had reached N°1 positions in France, the Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Belgium and is currently (May 2, 2010) #1 in the billboard European hot 100 tracks...