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Madeon

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Carl Loben

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Madeon

Style: I try to make precisely produced electronic music with a pop sensibility.
Best known for: Pressing lighting pads.
Tune of the year: Porter Robinson 'Language'
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: Oliver
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: Never having to sleep. It's a constraint of life I still have trouble accommodating.
Should you play to the crowd or for yourself: It's a matter of context, but if you are performing as an artist and people are coming to see you, they are giving you their trust and attention and it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to showcase a personal side.
What does EDM mean to you: The term itself appeared very suddenly and is doing a good job at capturing the current excitement around electronic music.
Should celebrities be DJs: I'm sure there is an audience for personal appearances of celebrities, although I'm not sure to which extent it relates to music.
Have you ever been thrown off the decks: I haven't. The closest I experienced was when I played at a festival in Canada and the power went down in the surrounding area for a good 10 minutes.
Are you a DJ if you don't beat match: Of course! I argue that purists that are considering such a menial and non-artistic task as a key factor of credibility are degrading their own art.
Where's the next dance music capital: Music spreads very globally nowadays. Scenes are getting less geographic.

"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.