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Hi, it's Madeon. Uh, I'm, uh, French. I make music—uh, electronic music. I like to say I make pop music, uh, with the sonic sensibility of dance music. Um...yeah, I'm a producer and a music-maker.

– Madeon during an interview with GRAMMY Pro[1]

Hugo Pierre Leclercq (born 30 May 1994), also known by his stage name Madeon, is a music producer from Nantes, France.[2] He initially gained popularity by means of his video "Pop Culture", which was published to YouTube and subsequently received several million views in its first few days of broadcast.


Early careerEdit

Leclercq began producing at the age of 11,[3] initially under the names Wayne Mont and Deamon, and began going as Madeon—an anagram of one of his previous aliases—in 2010. That same year, he also won a remix competition for Australian drum and bass band Pendulum's song "The Island".

His debut live performance took place in April 2011 at Point Éphémère in Paris, France, where he was a supporting act for French band Yelle.[3][4]

On 7 July 2011, he released a video of himself performing "Pop Culture", a mashup featuring samples of thirty-nine different songs mixed together using a Novation Launchpad, onto YouTube; the clip went viral and reached several million views in a matter of days.[3]

Madeon's first EP, The City, was released in 2012.

In early 2013, he toured with Lady Gaga as an opening act for her third concert tour, the Born This Way Ball. He also assisted with the production of three of the songs ("Venus", "Mary Jane Holland", and "Gypsy") from Gaga's fourth album, ARTPOP; a fourth song, "Tinnitus", was also revealed to have been created, though it did not make the final cut for the album.

2015: AdventureEdit

On 30 March 2015, he released his debut studio album, Adventure, which peaked at No. 43 on the Billboard 200[5] and at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart[6]. The album was supported by a 22-stop North American tour[7]—the Adventure Live Tour—and later the Pixel Empire Tour.

2016: "Shelter"Edit

On 11 August 2016, Madeon and close friend Porter Robinson released a collaboration entitled "Shelter", which was accompanied by the back-to-back Shelter Live Tour. The tour ended on 23 April 2017, at the Coachella festival.







  1. YouTube - GRAMMY Pro Interview With Madeon
  2. "Ultra Music Festival - Fri., March 23, 2012". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Doyez, François-Luc (5 November 2011). "Madeon, l'électro kid". Libération Next (in French). Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  4. YouTube - Madeon Talks About The Time Security Broke His Finger
  5. "Madeon - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  6. "Madeon - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  7. "Madeon Announces Spring North American Headlining Tour Supporting 'Adventure'" Music Times. Retrieved 14 March 2015.

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