Meet Gaga's Opening Act, French EDM Wunderkind Madeon
Photo by Abrahan Garza
Whether you're a casual fan looking for a night of spectacle or one of the above little monsters who camped out to be first to get inside, we all know that the main attraction of tonight's show at the Toyota Center is Lady Gaga. That said, there's no reason you shouldn't pay attention to the show's opening acts.
Put your phones away and pay attention to someone who isn't Gaga? It sounds crazy I know, but take a chance and listen: you'll thank me later.
Starting things off will be Lady Starlight, who for all intents and purposes is Fairy Godmother Monster. As the story goes, she helped a pre-fame Gaga design costumes and turned her on to performance art. Now she tours the world doing... something.
And then there's French EDM producer Madeon. The more obsessive little monsters out there are already familiar with him, but for those fans who don't know the name I'm here to get you up to speed. Why should you care? I'm glad you asked. Let me give you three reasons.
1. He's a potential superstar in the making. While he's not a Calvin Harris or David Guetta, Madeon is a rising star in the world of electronic dance music. At 18, he's part of the new generation of producers, along with the likes of Porter Robinson and Danny Avila, who spent their formative years making music for the clubs instead of rocking out in the garage. He's got seven years of music-making experience under his belt, including well-known remixes of tracks by Pendulum and Martin Solveig (below).
He may not be a superstar yet, but he is big enough to get bookings at major festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Ultra. If he were playing Stereo Live, there's a good chance there would be lines out the door.
With 16 million YouTube views and counting, there's a fair chance you've already heard what Madeon can do even if you didn't realize it was him doing it. Uploaded in July 2011, "Pop Culture" hits 39 songs in under three and a half minutes, all while being catchy as hell. Using some of EDM and pop music's finest his mash-up continues to delight audiences to this day.
2. He's got a very cool viral video to his name. What's more impressive is that he does it live, triggering samples through the use of a midi controller. Think of it like a piano that spits out samples instead of notes: yes, he's pushing buttons, but one could argue that all a piano player is doing is pushing keys.
3. He's basically part of the Gaga family. Somewhere down the line an album named Artpop will be released and for Gaga fans it'll be like a family reunion. Early production credits include the names we most associate with Gaga: RedOne, DJ White Shadow, Fernando Garibay. However, we also know that some new faces will be involved as well, and that includes Madeon.
So yes, not only is he on the tour, he has the official Mother Monster seal of approval. We don't yet know what their collaboration sounds like, but I expect good things.
I hope that I've made a convincing enough case that for a few minutes you should put your phones away, stop talking to your neighbors, and just listen to the music coming out of the speakers. Sure, he may not be Gaga, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't pay attention. Gaga picked him out for a reason, and you wouldn't want to disappoint your mother, would you?