Stromae, whose real name is Paul Van Havern, was born March 12, 1985 in Brussels to a Rwandan father and a Belgian mother. He took his first lessons in music theory at the age of eleven and quickly developed a passion for composition. He invented his nickname by reversing the syllables of the word maestro. In 2007, he recorded a 4-track EP, which attracted the attention of the music scene. He has composed tracks for artists like Anggun, Kery James and Melissa M. In 2009, Stromae released "Alors On Danse" that experienced tremendous success in Germany, Belgium and France. This allowed Stromae to launch his career and record his first album released in 2010. His music, a blend of hip-hop and electro, attracted large audiences and his charisma does the rest.