It’s safe to say that Madeon was a very early starter. Now known for his house/nu disco/pop releases, when the 19-year-old (known to his mum as Hugo Pierre Leclercq) first started making music he was just 11-years-old. These early trance tunes were made under the monikers Deamon and Wayne Mont. Then, in 2010, he hit on a nu disco/house and poppier-tinged tip and switched all productions to the name Madeon.
It wasn’t until 2011 that his early-start efforts came to fruition. In the summer of that year he decided to upload a vid of him performing his mash-up tune ‘Pop Culture’. This pastiche featured him mixing together samples from 39 pop songs in three minutes, all done on-the-fly using a Novation launchpad. Within days the clip went viral and Madeon’s name — and fast fingerwork — was all over every dance forum, chat room and social media network.
Since then things have hit fifth gear for Madeon. He’s performed alongside Jacques Lu Cont in London and done live shows all over the world. He’s also bagged several slots on Pete Tong’s 15 Minutes Of Fame slot on BBC Radio 1 where he aired his debut single ‘Icarus’. And, of course, the gigs have been steadily flowing.
Now, with reverberations still happening from the August release of his electro house tune ‘Technicolour’ (released on his own Popcultur label), Madeon’s back in the studio. He recently worked with Lady Gaga, on her album ‘ARTPOP’, but now he’s busy working on his own material