Born in Nantes 18 years ago, Hugo Pierre Leclercq aka Madeon was introduced to electronic music aged 10, when he came upon a documentary about Daft Punk. A year later, he began learning how to make music. He posted some of his tracks online, but declined label requests to release them and other artist’s offers of remix work.
Instead, he entered an online remix competition for drum’n’bass band Pendulum. His repositioning of their ‘The Island’ as tough, sparkling house won whilst his remixes on the Yelle “Que Veux Tu” and Deadmau5 “Raise Your Weapon” singles further raised his profile with support from of Annie Mac, Swedish House Mafia, Pete Tong, Deadmau5, Alan Braxe, Chase & Status, Skrillex, Knife Party, Porter Robinson, Zedd, Martin Solveig etc..
As well as these breathtaking remixes there was the excitement caused by his Pop Culture video that he uploaded to YouTube in July 2011, which featured him performing with his Novation Launchpad controller, as he live mixed 39 samples from pop tracks from the likes of ELO’s Mr Blue Sky and the Gorillaz ‘Dare’ to Britney Spears’s ‘Baby One More Time’ – into three and half minutes of music that has currently had over 15 million views.
His first official single which he released on own popcultur label, Icarus, was taut electro-house, but its follow-up, Finale also released on popcultur and distributed by Sony Music’s Columbia label – was “a 92 bpm anthem rock track”. “Very important for me,” he notes, “because I wanted to test the water of people’s open mindedness.” The third single ‘The City’, which he has just released is he says “a conclusion of a type of style I’ve been exploring and is one of my favorite tracks.