Madeon

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Madeon
Birth name Hugo Pierre Leclercq
Born (1994-05-30) 30 May 1994 (age 20)
Origin Nantes, France
Genres French house, electro house, nu-disco, pop
Occupations Songwriter, producer, musician, DJ
Years active 2009–present
Labels popcultur, Columbia
Associated acts Muse, Coldplay, Two Door Cinema Club, Ellie Goulding, Lady Gaga, Pendulum, Porter Robinson, Zedd, Martin Solveig
Website madeon.fr
Notable instruments
Novation Launchpad and keyboard Image-Line Fl Studio

Hugo Pierre Leclercq (born 30 May 1994), known by his stage name Madeon, is a French house/electro house/nu-disco/pop producer from France.[1] He gained popularity by means of his video "Pop Culture", which was published to YouTube and subsequently received millions of hits in its first few days of broadcast on the Internet.[2] His first EP The City was released in 2012.

Biography[edit]

Leclercq started composing music at the age of 11,[2] producing trance under the name of "DJ Deamon" and hands-up under the name of "Wayne Mont" until 2010 when he began producing house music under his current name, Madeon, which is an anagram of his previous nickname. He won a remix competition for "The Island" by Pendulum the same year.[3]

He went on to remix other electronic artists' tracks the following year. A clip of him performing his mash-up "Pop Culture", uploaded to YouTube on 7 July 2011, propelled him to international fame.[4] It featured samples from thirty-nine songs mixed together on-the-fly using a Novation Launchpad. The clip quickly went viral and reached over six million views in just a few days.[2]

During live performances, apart from the Launchpads, he also uses Novation's Zero SL MKII, FL Studio, and Ableton Live.[5] His first live performance was in Paris in April, 2011 where he was a support act to Yelle,[2] and his UK debut was at The Nest in Dalston, London where he performed alongside the likes of Jacques Lu Cont.[5]

Leclercq has been featured several times on 15 Minutes of Fame, a segment of Pete Tong's radio show on BBC Radio 1, with both his debut single "Icarus" and his remix for Deadmau5's "Raise Your Weapon" given their first full play on the show.[citation needed] His live recorded performance debut was for Pete Tong's BBC Radio 1 gala event in Hull on 27 January 2012, where he played a 20 minute-long set.[6]

A debut EP was scheduled to be released at the end of 2011,[2] but then cancelled in favour of multiple singles.[7] The first single, "Icarus", was released on 24 February 2012 on his independent label popculture.

As a sign of his rapid rise to international fame, in 2012, he was invited to play four major American festivals, the Ultra Music Festival in Miami,[1] Coachella in California, Lollapalooza in Chicago, and Electric Daisy Carnival in New York,[8] as well as several UK dance music festivals, including the Dance Arena at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012; he also provided support for Swedish House Mafia's headlining set at the Milton Keynes Bowl. [9] Leclercq was listed at number 54 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list in 2012.[10]

Three of his songs have been used in media franchises: "Icarus" was featured in the US show Dancing With The Stars in May 2012 and 21 May 2013 (finals with Aly Raisman) and on the in-game soundtrack of Forza Horizon; "Finale" was featured in EA Sports' FIFA 13 and the opening cinematic of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale; "The City" appears in Need for Speed: Most Wanted and "Technicolor (Club Extended)" in Need for Speed: Rivals.[citation needed] "Finale" and Leclercq's remix of "The Night Out" by Martin Solveig were featured on the official soundtrack of ESPN's 2013 Winter X Games event in Tignes, France and both received several plays on air.[11] "Finale" continues to be used as the bumper music for X Games broadcasts.

He toured with Lady Gaga as an opening act during her Born This Way Ball.[12] Leclercq has cited The Beatles and Daft Punk as his greatest musical influences.[2] Madeon released a new single on 3 August 2013 titled "Technicolor."[13] Madeon worked with Lady Gaga on three tracks, "Gypsy", "Mary Jane Holland", and "Venus" on her 2013 album ARTPOP.

On 25 February 2014, Leclercq released a track available for a free download on his website called "Cut The Kid", claiming that it was created circa 2011 or 2012.

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
FRA
[15]
BEL
(VL)

[16]
BEL
(WA)

[17]
UK
[18]
SCO
[19]
US
Dance

[20]
2009 "Gold" Non-album single
2010 "For You"
"Shuriken"
2012 "Icarus" 74 22 23 The City - EP
"Finale" 197 62 67 35 28
"The City" 183 74 71 74 20
2013 "Technicolor" Non-album single
2014 "Cut The Kid"
"Imperium" TBA

Remixes[edit]

Year Title Artist
2010 "Smile Like You Mean It" The Killers
"DJ" Alphabeat
"Friday Night" David Latour
"The Island" Pendulum
2011 "Que Veux Tu" Yelle
"Raise Your Weapon" Deadmau5
2012 "The Night Out" Martin Solveig

Mash-ups[edit]

Year Title
2010 "Wolfgang Gartner Anthology"
2011 "Pop Culture"
2012 "Radio 1 Minimix"
2013 "Triple J Mix"
"Encore" (Unreleased)

Production[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2011 "Tokyo Cries (Discothèque Remix)" Glenn Morrison Non-album track[21]
2012 "Sunshine" Picture Book At Last EP[22]
"Stay Awake" Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days [23]
2013 "Panic Station (Alternate Version Mixed by Madeon)" Muse

(Mistaken as a remix)[24]

The 2nd Law
"Mary Jane Holland"
"Gypsy"
"Venus" (co-producer)
Lady Gaga[25][26] ARTPOP
"Changing of the Seasons" Two Door Cinema Club Changing of the Seasons EP
2014 "Always in My Head"
"O"
Coldplay Ghost Stories

Songwriting[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2013 "Venus" Lady Gaga Artpop
"Gypsy"
"Mary Jane Holland"

Unreleased[edit]

Title Artist
"Shuriken" (VIP Mix) Madeon
"Ubelkeit"
"Imperium"
"Komon"
"The City" (VIP Mix)
"Raise Your Weapon" (Madeon VIP Mix) Deadmau5
"Monarch" Madeon
"Stage"
"Song 2" (Madeon Remix) Blur
"Tinnitus" Lady Gaga
"Technicolor" (VIP Mix) Madeon

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ultra Music Festival - Fri., March 23, 2012". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Doyez, François-Luc (5 November 2011). "Madeon, l'électro kid". Libération Next (in French). Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "'The Island' Remix Competition Winners!". Pendulum.com. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Madeon Bio, Music, News & Shows". DJZ.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Madeon performs London debut with Launchpads". Novation. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Madeon - BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra Live in Hull". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Any news when your EP is out?". Twitter. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Coachella - set times". Coachella.com. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Milton Keynes Bowl : Line-up Announcement Part 1". Swedishhousemafia.com. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Top 100 DJs / 54. Madeon". DJ Mag. Retrieved 3 Feb 2013. 
  11. ^ "Scene - X Games". Retrieved 23 Mar 2013. 
  12. ^ Madeon: 'I've Been Jamming With Lady Gaga' | MTV UK
  13. ^ Madeon - Technicolor (Original) by Madeon on SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds
  14. ^ インフォメーション | Sony Music
  15. ^ "Madeon - French Charts". lescharts.com/ Hung Medien. 
  16. ^ "Madeon - Belgium (Flanders) Charts". ultratop.be/nl/ Hung Medien. 
  17. ^ "Madeon - Belgium (Wallonia) Charts". ultratop.be/fr/ Hung Medien. 
  18. ^ "ChartArchive - Madeon". Chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  19. ^ Peak positions for Singles in Scotland:
  20. ^ Chart Highlights: Carly Rae Jepsen Plants 'Kiss' On Pop Songs | Billboard
  21. ^ "Glenn Morrison - Tokyo Cries feat. Christian Burns (Glenn's Discoteque Remix)". Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  22. ^ "Sunshine (Extended Mix)". Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  23. ^ "Ellie Goulding: 'Stay Awake' (Prod. Madeon)". Prefixmag.com. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  24. ^ Twitter / madeon: Hey! To clarify : I see the
  25. ^ https://www.facebook.com/ladygaga/posts/10151861281694574
  26. ^ Lady Gaga : découvrez l'interview évènement! - Fun Radio

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