Stromae Quotes

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Paul Van Haver, better known as Stromae is a Belgian musician who sings in French. Stromae is best known for the songs 'Alors on danse' and 'Formidable'.

Born March 12, 1985

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Best 68 Quotes by Stromae

“At the time I learned drums, I wanted to be the drummer of Hanson. I wanted to be this guy because he was so young, and he was already drumming in the band, you know, so I just wanted to be like him. And later, I discovered hip-hop music at boarding school.”

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“Being a star is not a job, and that's really important for me say.”

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“Being famous is a bit dangerous sometimes.”

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“Being honest and spontaneous is important when making music. But I'm also really logical when I compose.”

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“Everyone should have a suit that's really well fitting - if a suit just doesn't fit, it looks ridiculous. It can purposely be too large or too small, if that's what you want, but it has to fit with your image and personal style.”

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“Hip-hop, pop, dance - the common point is melancholy. That's international, and I like this word because it's not only about sadness or happiness - it's both at the same time. And that's human, and that's life.”

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“I always have the same problem when I try to buy something straight off the rack: If I put on a medium, it's perfectly fitted in the torso, but the sleeves are too short. If it's a large, the sleeves are long enough, but it's too baggy. So made-to-measure suits are especially important for me because I'm 6'2'' and so skinny.”

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“I always need a reason to do something on stage. I am not judging anyone: there is not a good way; there is not a bad way. You just have to justify everything.”

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“I do my music for me, second for my entourage, and at the end, for the people. It's healthy to work that way.”

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“I do not want the things I do to be easy and predictable. I want them to be real.”

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“I don't want to have success to have success.”

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“I get the feeling that my songs aren't that dark. There is a cynicism but humour also - it's not depression upon depression upon depression. It's a blend.”

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“I have some English words on the first album, but any time I try to do it, you miss something. You think it's just a simple translation from French to English, but it's so different as far as the understanding.”

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“I let Brel into my world. What I like about him is the simplicity of his language. It's not so simple to be simple.”

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“I love the word "melancholy' because that's the best definition of life, I think.”

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“I make dance music because I love to dance. But I want to think at the same time.”

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“I prefer the word 'musician.' I'm a musician and a composer. I have a problem with the word 'artist.' I don't know if it's the same in English, but words like 'artist' and 'star' put people on a pedestal, which is not really good for my brain.”

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“I prefer to consider Stromae as a collective project. Stromae is not me. Or at least it is not only me.”

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“I prefer to talk about our problems, to be proud of them, in place of trying to hide them. Because you can't. And I prefer to dance, to smile on it, to laugh on it.”

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“I think a lot of people want to blame their fathers for not being good enough when they were growing up. I think it can be an excuse for not coming to terms with your own problems.”

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“I think it's good to eat a bit of everything, but when you eat too much junk food, it's bad for you and for your brain. You don't understand why, but you feel sad. It's because of the junk food!”

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“I think it's important to be sincere. And I could be the most sincere just staying in my mother language actually. And that's the reason why I stay composing and writing in French.”

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“I think that's our problem in Europe: we used to be a bit negative on everything. That's good sometimes, but when it's too much... It's not good.”

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“I want to have not only the good side of life but the bad side of life. And the both combined is just my music. It's funny at the same time as it's sad.”

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“I was raised in Brussels as a Belgian but, at the same time, feeling that I wasn't necessarily from here.”

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“I'm a composer like every maestro on this earth.”

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“I'm just part of the people.”

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“I'm more the kind of man who never makes decisions. But impulsivity is not the opposite of courage; I think it's possible to do both.”

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“I'm not making music for intelligent people or dumb people. I'm just making music for people.”

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“I'm not making music for old people or young people. It's for everybody that wants to listen to it.”

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“I'm not so radical about Twitter, but I think it's sometimes dangerous if you think that Twitter is real life.”

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“I'm sure that a U.S. citizen, if I try to sing in English, he can feel that I'm not really sincere, there is something wrong. And I'm sure that even in French, they could feel the sincerity more than in English.”

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“I'm sure, ever since I was really young, that happiness is not a bottle of champagne and a girl and a limousine and a swimming pool.”

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“I'm trying to focus on my job. I don't think that being famous is a job. My job is composing, singing, performing, but not being a star.”

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“I'm trying to stay normal, that's all. But it's hard.”

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“I've learned how to trust someone else's ideas with mine.”

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“If I was just trying to imitate an American or English singer, it would sound fake. I'm sure of it.”

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“If we can listen to English music without understanding nothing, and dance on it, and feel the groove, feel the feelings, I'm sure everybody can do exactly the same for each language.”

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“It's a fact that Anglo-Saxon supremacy impacts other cultures. That is plain and simple.”

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“It's good to think about real life, no? Because real life isn't just dreams and happiness.”

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“It's my job to be ridiculous.”

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“It's not the subject that's cliche; it's cliche or not. But in fact, this is the way you're talking about it.”

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“It’s still a compliment when you’re backed by younger and older, but it’s actually unexpected. It’s surprising, but for me it’s in fact the most beautiful compliment.”

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“Maybe I just look at things as a humanist: I like looking at people in a realistic way more than looking at them in a positive way.”

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“Music is like a medicine.”

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“Music is more than words. It's a visual experience, too, and people really feel my music because of the way I move and put on a show.”

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“Music is the only place that I can have no taboos. In real life I have a lot of taboos, and I can't talk about everything easily.”

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“My father is black - was black. My mother is white.”

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“No genre of music is better than another, whether it's country, hip-hop, trap, classical, whatever. It's all music.”

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“Success is a gift, but it's a handicap at the same time, I think.”

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“That's what's interesting: When you release an album, everyone hears it their own way.”

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“The first time I performed on stage, that was almost the first concert I went to, so that was pretty interesting and a bit weird at the same time.”

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“The last thing an Englishman wants to hear is a man from Brussels trying to imitate his language - you want to hear a different point of view. You may not be able to understand the details, but you can understand the feeling.”

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“The prime minister in Belgium gave our album to Barack Obama. I was really surprised that he decided to give a CD of us.”

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“The way we always want to compromise between everything, I think that's really Belgian. I think I'm really Belgian for that, because I never make choices. That's my problem, actually.”

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“There are artists in Belgium who try to imitate American artists. But it's like, if you're Belgian pretending to be American, you won't be better than the American because you aren't American. You have to do your own stuff.”

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“There are so many reasons to be sad in the club.”

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“There is always a good part in everything.”

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“To me, 'Alors On Danse' is the definition of clubbing. Because everyone is just trying to forget their problems, but actually, it's so sad, clubbing. We try to sell happiness in clubs, but you can't.”

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“We are all human, and we are all able to listen to music that we cannot understand. I used to listen to English music like Notorious B.I.G., and I didn't know what he's talking about in all of his tracks, but I'm a fan. It's rhythm and a groove that makes me dance, so I'm convinced that my music can work in the U.S.”

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“We are proud of our ridiculousness. That's what made our surrealism. Proud and ashamed of everything at the same time. I think that's my definition of Belgium.”

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“When I listen to an American singer, I wanna listen to his music in his language, because he's more spontaneous - he's more natural - and I need his point of view. And our point of view here in Brussels is French and Flemish.”

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“When I'm on stage, that's a job. It's acting, it's faking, just making fun of yourself, telling bad jokes - I'm pretty good in this - dancing, just to entertain.”

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“When you're supported by people, you always imagine it's people your age who will support you.”

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“Who decided that when you dance you don't have to think?”

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“Who do you want to be: the radical man who can make a choice in one second, or the man who never takes decisions? That's the question: who's the best? Actually, there is no best.”

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“You should be able to wear exactly what you want to wear.”

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"On Jacques Brel" Quotes

“People like Brel were sensitive and vulnerable; on stage, they dared to take risks.”

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