French nu-disco/dance-pop producer Madeon first garnered attention for his mashups and remixes before scoring hits with his original tracks and producing songs for several major pop stars. Hugo Leclercq was born in 1994 and started producing dance music before he hit his teens, initially under the name Deamon. In 2010, at the ripe age of 16, Leclercq switched the letters of his former moniker around and became Madeon, changing his style from ecstatic hands-up tracks to more of a lush, sleek sound influenced by French house and electropop. He gained popularity for his remixes, including his versions of songs by the Killers and Pendulum.
He also produced several clever mashups, including "Pop Culture," which jammed over three dozen songs into three minutes. The track went viral as soon as it was uploaded to YouTube in 2011, immediately racking up millions of views. Using a computer setup with Fruity Loops and two Novation Launchpads, the Nantes, France native put out original singles ("Gold," "For You," "Shuriken," "Icarus") and continued remix work (for Alphabeat, Yelle, Deadmau5, and Martin Solveig).
In 2012, he performed at several major music festivals, including Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, and Lollapalooza. His singles "Finale" and "The City" charted in several countries. He also began working with pop stars around this time. He produced Ellie Goulding's song "Stay Awake," and mixed an alternate version of Muse's "Panic Station." After opening for Lady Gaga on her Born This Way tour, he produced three tracks on her Artpop album, one of which he co-wrote.
Madeon's debut album, Adventure, was released by Columbia in 2015. The album hit number one on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart and spawned several charting singles, including "Pay No Mind" (featuring Passion Pit) and "Nonsense" (featuring Mark Foster of Foster the People). Leclercq went on two headlining tours following the album's release. In 2016 he collaborated with Porter Robinson for the single "Shelter," and the two artists toured together. ~ Jason Lymangrover