Madeon

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Madeon
Madeon bathed in a violet light.
Madeon in 2015
Background information
Birth nameHugo Pierre Leclercq
Born (1994-05-30) 30 May 1994 (age 26)
Nantes, France
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
Years active2005–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitemadeon.net

Hugo Pierre Leclercq (French pronunciation: ​[yɡo pjɛʁ ləklɛʁ]; born 30 May 1994), better known by his stage name Madeon (/ˈmædiən/), is a French musician, DJ, record producer, singer and songwriter from Nantes, France, currently based in Los Angeles.[2] He initially came to widespread public attention through a YouTube video, "Pop Culture", where he performed a mash-up of 39 different popular songs in real-time using a Novation Launchpad. It received millions of hits in its first few days of release.[3] Leclercq has cited The Beatles and Daft Punk as his greatest musical influences.[3]

Leclercq's first EP, The City, was released in 2012. His debut studio album, Adventure, was released on 27 March 2015, supported by a 22-stop North American tour.[4] On 15 November 2019, Leclercq released his second album, Good Faith, as part of the Good Faith Live tour.

He is currently ranked at number 105 on DJ Mag's top DJs for 2017.[5]

In 2017, he was nominated for two Electronic Music Awards with Porter Robinson for Single of the Year and Live Act of the Year.

Career beginnings[edit]

Leclercq started composing music at the age of 11,[3] producing hands-up under the name of "Deamon" and 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.[6]

He went on to remix other electronic artists tracks the following year. A clip of Leclercq performing his mash-up "Pop Culture", uploaded to YouTube on 11 July 2011, propelled him to international fame. It featured samples from thirty-nine songs mixed together on-the-fly using a Novation Launchpad. The clip went viral and reached over six million views in just a few days.[3] According to a Reddit AMA he hosted in November 2019, he had the idea, purchased the Launchpad, and recorded the song all on the same day.[7]

During live performances, apart from the Launchpads, he also uses Allen & Heath's Xone:K2, Novation's Launch Control XL and Ableton Live.[8] His first live performance was in Paris in April 2011 where he was a support act to Yelle,[3] and his UK debut was at The Nest in Dalston, London where he performed alongside the likes of Jacques Lu Cont.[8]

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.[9]

A debut EP was scheduled to be released at the end of 2011,[3] but then cancelled in favour of multiple singles.[10] The first single, "Icarus", was released on 24 February 2012 on his independent label popcultur.

Madeon toured with Lady Gaga as an opening act during her Born This Way Ball.[11] He later worked with Gaga on three tracks, "Gypsy", "Mary Jane Holland", and "Venus" on her third studio album, Artpop.

In 2012, he was invited to play four major American festivals, the Ultra Music Festival in Miami,[12] Coachella in California, Lollapalooza in Chicago and Electric Daisy Carnival in New York,[13] as well as several UK dance music festivals, including the Dance Arena at the BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend; he also provided support for Swedish House Mafia's headlining set at the Milton Keynes Bowl.[14] Leclercq was listed at number 54 on DJ Mag in 2012.[15] Madeon released a new single on 3 August 2013 titled "Technicolor."[16] On 25 February 2014, Leclercq released a track available for a free download on his website called "Cut the Kid", stating that it was created circa 2011 or 2012.

Many 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" and "Imperium" have been featured in EA Sports' FIFA 13 and FIFA 15 respectively. "You're On" was also featured in Pro Evolution Soccer 2016. "Finale" has also been included in the opening cinematic of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale; "The City" appears in EA Sports' NHL 15, 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 Winter X Games XVII event in Tignes, France and both received several plays on air.[17] "Finale" continues to be used as the bumper music for X Games broadcasts.[18]

2015: Adventure[edit]

Madeon live in Brussels, 2015

In September 2014, Leclercq released "Imperium" as the lead single from his debut studio album, Adventure. On 8 December 2014, Leclercq released the second single from the album, titled "You're On", featuring Kyan. On 9 February 2015, Leclercq released the album's third single, "Pay No Mind," featuring Passion Pit. The album's fourth single, "Home," was released on 10 March 2015. On 24 March 2015, the final single of Adventure, "Nonsense," was released, featuring Mark Foster of Foster the People. On 27 March 2015, Adventure was released.[19] The album peaked at number 43 on the US Billboard 200[20] and at number one on the US Dance/Electronic Albums chart.[21]

In mid-2015, Leclercq embarked on his first headlining tour, Adventure Live, consisting of 22 stops in North America.[4][18] The tour ended on 9 May 2015. Leclercq further promoted his debut studio album on his Pixel Empire US Tour in early 2016, which ended on 21 February 2016.[22]

2016–2017: Shelter[edit]

On 11 August 2016, Leclercq released with his close friend Porter Robinson a new track called "Shelter". Throughout 2016–2017, he toured the US and Europe alongside Porter Robinson on a live show they called the Shelter Live Tour. This back to back set contained tracks made by both artists, often mixed together between themselves. Throughout the tour both Madeon and Porter also would sing their own songs. Their last performance was on 23 April 2017 at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.[23]

In August 2016, the new gameplay trailer of EA Sports' FIFA 17 was released, featuring Madeon's remix of "Song 2" by Blur,[24] which was also featured in a BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix in 2012. Leclercq's collaboration with Porter Robinson, "Shelter" was included in the FIFA 17 soundtrack.

2018–present: Good Faith[edit]

On 13 November 2017, Leclercq announced that he would be releasing his next project in 2018.[25] Further hints about the project were not officially revealed until 20 August 2018, when Leclercq's creative director was interviewed via a Madeon-inspired podcast called the Pixel Empire Podcast.[26][27]

On 30 January 2018, Leclercq stated on his Instagram and Twitter that he had moved to the United States to finish his upcoming album. On 20 March 2019, Leclercq announced his new live show would debut on Lollapalooza 2019. He stated this would not be a DJ set but rather a new live show; fans will be expecting new music.[28]

Later that year, on 28 May 2019, Leclercq announced that he would be releasing a new song on 29 May 2019 through a new website, goodfaith.world. On 29 May 2019, the goodfaith.world website was updated with a video[29] previewing the new song, titled "All My Friends", along with locations of record stores in four cities: Los Angeles, New York, Ålesund, and Nantes. Each record store was issued two copies of the new single on clear 7" vinyl. On 30 May 2019, the full official audio was released on YouTube.[30]

On 10 July 2019, Leclercq premiered the first episode of Good Faith Radio (Beats Radio on Apple Music), where he officially played and released his next single, "Dream Dream Dream".[31] Along with the single, he played tracks by other artists, including some sent by his own fans accompanied by fan-made art.[32] He described the radio show as "...a space I want us to share, I want to introduce you to my favorite things and showcase some of the amazing music and art you create."[33] Along with the radio premiere, it was released on music streaming platforms and a visualizer video was released on YouTube.[34]

The Good Faith Live tour was premiered at Lollapalooza 2019[35], followed by headlining shows in London, Amsterdam, and Paris. A longer North American leg started on October 30th in Vancouver and ended on December 14th in Austin, followed by an Australian tour as part of FOMO Festival in January 2020.

On 29 October 2019, Leclercq revealed that Good Faith would be released on 15 November 2019. In an interview with NPR Music, Leclercq said the album was based on his relationship to joy and his mental health: "I wanted to make music that was celebratory but that hinted at the fact that that joy had to have been reclaimed and fought for a little bit."[36]

Madeon worked again with Lady Gaga on the track "911" from her 2020 studio album, Chromatica, which was released in 2020.[37]

On 9 May 2020, Madeon played a DJ set for the virtual Secret Sky music festival. During the set, he previewed a song called "The Prince".[38] The song was released on 14 August that year. Along with the release, Madeon launched an alternate reality game. When it was solved, a 6-track EP named 12122017 was found.[39][40][41] The EP was made in 24 hours on 12 December 2017. Madeon's own anger due to not feeling anything from music led to the creation of the EP.[40]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "welcome to UMPG @madeon !!!". Instagram.com. 12 September 2019. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  2. ^ "MADEON ON GOOD FAITH, MOVING TO LOS ANGELES AND MORE [INTERVIEW]". EDM.com.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Doyez, François-Luc (5 November 2011). "Madeon, l'électro kid". Libération Next (in French). Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b Middleton, Ryan (10 February 2015). "Madeon Announces Spring North American Headlining Tour Supporting 'Adventure'". Musictimes.com. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Here's the next 50 acts who just missed out on Top 100 DJs 2017". DJMag.com. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  6. ^ "'The Island' Remix Competition Winners!". Archived from the original on 13 November 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. ^ "r/electronicmusic - Comment by u/OfficialMadeon on "Hello ! My name is Madeon and I just released my new album Good Faith. AMA!"". Reddit.com. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Madeon performs London debut with Launchpads". Novation. Archived from the original on 25 June 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Madeon – BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Live in Hull". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Any news when your EP is out?". Twitter. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Madeon: 'I've Been Jamming With Lady Gaga'". Mtv.co.uk.
  12. ^ "Ultra Music Festival Weekend 1, Day 2: 11 Things Seen and Heard".
  13. ^ "Coachella – set times". Coachella.com. Archived from the original on 13 April 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Calvin Harris and Madeon added to Swedish House Mafia Milton Keynes lineup - Dancing Astronaut".
  15. ^ "Top 100 DJs / 54. Madeon". DJ Mag. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  16. ^ "Madeon - Technicolor (Original)".
  17. ^ "Scene – X Games". Xgames.espn.go.com. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  18. ^ a b "Madeon Announces "Adventure" Tour 2015". The Future FM Blog. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  19. ^ "Madeon". Facebook.com. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  20. ^ "Madeon - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  21. ^ "Madeon - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  22. ^ "Madeon Shares 'Nonsense' Video Ahead Of 2016 Pixel Empire US Tour". Music Times. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  23. ^ "Porter Robinson & Madeon's Last Ever "Shelter" Performance Has Been Revealed". Youredm.com. 3 January 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  24. ^ "Football, Powered by Frostbite - FIFA 17 Official Gameplay Trailer". Youtube. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  25. ^ "Madeon offers update on "next era" of career". DJMag.com. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  26. ^ "Madeon Teases Clues of 2nd Album via Pixel Empire Podcast". EDMTunes. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  27. ^ "Pixel Empire Podcast Episode 6: The Architects". YouTube. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  28. ^ [1][dead link]
  29. ^ Madeon (29 May 2019). "FOUR CITIES". YouTube. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  30. ^ Madeon (30 May 2019). "Madeon - All My Friends (Official Audio)". YouTube. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  31. ^ "Madeon debuts Good Faith Radio show midweek on Beats 1 Radio". We Rave You. 14 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  32. ^ "GFR Episode 1 - Art Feature by Gabrielle Shreve". Twitter. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  33. ^ @madeon (8 July 2019). "It's a space I want us to share, I want to introduce you to my favorite things and showcase some of the amazing music and art you create. The first episode airs THIS Wednesday at 11am PT. I'll be playing my new single Dream Dream Dream" (Tweet). Retrieved 10 July 2019 – via Twitter.
  34. ^ MadeonVEVO (10 July 2019). "Madeon - Dream Dream Dream (Visualizer)". Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  35. ^ Madeon (5 August 2019). "been waiting for this moment for years i will truly never forget this. Good Faith Live premiere at Lollapalooza. pic.twitter.com/x2rJUAuqfP". @madeon. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  36. ^ "French Entertainer Madeon On 'Good Faith'". NPR.org. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  37. ^ Spano, Brittany (30 May 2020). "Welcome to 'Chromatica': Inside Lady Gaga's Triumphant Dance Floor Return". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 17 June 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  38. ^ Madeon (9 May 2020) "MADEON DJ SET (Secret Sky Festival)". YouTube. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  39. ^ "Madeon Fans Finally Solve Riddle To Accessing Secret 2017 EP". Your EDM. 1 September 2020. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  40. ^ a b "The cryptic maze to uncover Madeon's secret EP has been solved [Listen]". Dancing Astronaut. 2 September 2020. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  41. ^ "Madeon Fans Solve Riddle To Unlock Secret 2017 'Celine 12122017' EP". CULTR. 2 September 2020. Retrieved 20 September 2020.

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