When "Alors on Danse" became a massive summer hit across Europe and several other countries around the globe, many people were surprised by its overnight success. Perhaps most surprised was Belgian producer Paul Van Haver. Now known to the world as "Stromae," Van Haver had revived the anthemic and fun qualities of 1990s dance music with a modern hip-hop twist. Audiences couldn't get enough of it.
"Alors on Danse" was produced in Reason along with all of Stromae's music. The now iconic bass line? That's the NN19. The drum beat you've probably bopped to is coming from the Redrum. The NN-XT provides the synth hook that has audiences numbering into the tens of thousands singing out. And in this special interview, Stromae shows us how the track is constructed inside Reason.
Published: January 2011
An early childhood interest in composition and formal education in music led to Paul Van Haver to take on the artist name "Stromae" - which is an inversion of the word "Maestro." His early work was strictly hip-hop oriented but Stromae found a name for himself when he created a new eclectic mix of hip-hop, dance, and folk-french music. His breakout single, "Alors on Danse," was a world-wide hit in 2010.
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