French nu-disco/dance-pop producer Madeon first garnered attention for his mashups and remixes before scoring hits with his original tracks and production work for several major pop stars. Hugo Leclercq started producing dance music before he hit his teens, releasing his first tracks as Madeon in a lush, sleek style influenced by French house and electropop. He also produced several 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. Additional work followed, including original singles ("Gold," "For You," "Shuriken," "Icarus") and remix work (for Alphabeat, Yelle, Deadmau5, and Martin Solveig).
During 2012, Leclercq performed at several major music festivals, including Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, and Lollapalooza. His singles "Finale" and "The City" charted in several countries. All this publicity helped Leclercq begin working with more pop stars. 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 and co-wrote three tracks for her Artpop album.
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