"Electronic music as a whole is a wonderful musical format because it's vaguely defined. You are not limited by a specific set of instruments, structures, tempos or rules," young French wunderkind Madeon tells DJ Mag. He should know. Hugo Pierre Leclercq shot to prominence just two years ago, in 2010, when a video he posted of himself playing Novation's Launchpad went viral and gained millions of YouTube hits.
Mashing up tracks by Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Justice and many more by playing different buttons on the multi-coloured chessboard that is the Launchpad, he was quickly signed up by Sony. He only released his first track earlier this year, but was fast-tracked onto the line-ups at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Coachella in California, Lollapalooza in Chicago and Electric Daisy Carnival in New York.
"Playing Milton Keynes Bowl with the Swedish House Mafia for 60,000 people was also one of the highlights of my year," he says. Still a teenager, Madeon has just been announced as the warm-up DJ for Lady Gaga's next big tour, and his accessible big room electro house sound surely means that he is going to be massive.