Event Review: Madeon at Webster Hall NYC 12/28/12
Every time I see Madeon, all I want to do is thank the EDM gods that talent in our world of EDM does not come with age. I also want to thank Madeon for inevitably being the best dressed in the room. With that being said, Madeon’s headline debut at Webster Hall on Friday, December 28, 2012 was a fantastic mix of his poppy disco beats and this past year’s favorites. Coming on after an energetic set by The Knocks, Madeon spun a memorable set strategically organized around his own productions. To me, Madeon as a DJ known more for his original productions than remixing or live sets. However, a conversation about his set at Webster Hall had arisen with a few people and I, leading me to learn that others regard him as a remixer; or at least an artist who became famous because of the remixes he has done.
His well known remixes include his take on Deadmau5’s “Raise Your Weapon”, which the crowd sang along to just as loudly as the music blaring from the speakers at Webster Hall. Another notable remix of his would be the Madeon remix of Martin Solveig’s “The Night Out”. Madeon played both on Friday, as well as a bit of A-Trak’s remix of The Night Out, which sounds completely different from Madeon’s remix. Although Madeon’s remixes of both songs are stellar, his own original productions are what I look forward to the most.
As I hoped, through out the rest of the night Madeon did play “Pop Culture”, “Finale”, “The City” and “Icarus”. I heard people mumbling about “Finale” when “Icarus” came on. I can see why they would be easily confused, but are in fact two distinctly different songs. The last time Madeon was at Webster Hall, he had opened for Porter Robinson. It was only fitting that he played Porter’s new track with Mat Zo, “Easy”. He also threw in a remix of The Killer’s “Mr. Brightside” that drove everyone crazy. In addition to these bangers, Madeon played some harder beats that are more in line with the sound of “Finale” such as Dillon Francis’ “Bootleg Fireworks”.
To end the night, Madeon once again revealed his adept mashup skills with a fabulous mashup of “The Island”, “Raise Your Weapon”, “The City” and “Finale”. I cannot wait to see which musical direction Madeon’s skill is going to take him 2013, all I know is that where ever it does, it is going to golden.