By PNP Staffer, Murray
Having just turned 17, Madeon burst onto the EDM scene with his live mix, “Pop Culture”. It garnered over 2.5 million views on youtube the day it was posted. The house-y mix includes of 39 tracks, and true to its name covers a wide spectrum of pop hits from Michael Jackson to Daft Punk (like any one’s done the latter before).
His rise in 2011 was meteoric.
Weeks before his youtube hit, he performed his first show in Nantes, his hometown.
Before that he had a handful of remixes, one of which won’s Pendulum’s remixing competition for The “Island”. Another is one of my favorite tracks, his poppy spin on The Killer’s “Smile Like You Mean It”.
Since then, he’s been on BBC Radio 1 with Pete Tong (a right of passage for EDM producers), released tracks solely his own with labels like Sony Music’s Columbia label, and performed at EDC Las Vegas and Ultra in Miami. I’m guessing his favorite achievement yet has been to opening for Lady Gaga.
In a fascinating interview Madeon did with the PR group Ooh Brilliant, we discover that he is pensive, intense and pretty mature for his age! Many of his decisions have been strategic: Pop Culture was intended to emphasize the flexibility and tangibility of his live performances (so not “pushing play”). At 11, he says that he divorced the hipster mentality and embraced pop music. As it were, he and Daft Punk are a match made in ‘influence-by’ heaven.
His tracks are very accessible, in line with what pop music means for him: “you don’t make it to express yourself, you make it to express everyone else.”
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