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Madeon takes on Madison

At around 9:30 p.m., the French musician, DJ, record producer, singer and songwriter Madeon ran onto the stage to the sound of his screaming fans, styling a black button-down loose shirt that was tucked into his golden shimmering flowy pants and a black, flat brim hat. 

He stationed himself in between two tables with mixers, keyboards and synthesizers, all of which he uses to make his unique sound. A microphone stand was positioned between his electronic setup. Madeon was on the stage by himself for the entirety of the show, and yet the performance remained interactive, and kept the crowd dancing. 

He started off with the song “All My Friends,” a popular fan favorite rated number three by Discotech in their review of the “Best Madeon Songs of All Time”, followed by “Pay No Mind” and “Dream Dream Dream,” which he sang a large part of. Madeon continued to shift between dancing between the two tables and creating different beats, to singing with the microphone at a slower pace. He often used his entire body to keep his audience engaged and dancing with him. 

Madeon’s set included upbeat dance music that the audience could not get enough of. The crowd consisted of college students and young adults that were there to have a good time, and believe me, they did. Madeon engaged with his hyped audience as they created mosh pits, swayed with each other or just clapped their hands together with the beat of the electronic music. 

What truly made the show was the extremely powerful light and image display. “These visuals really are insane,” one fan screamed over the body shakingly loud speakers. 

“Putting together the ‘Good Faith Live’ visual was one of the most rewarding, creative endeavors of my career,” said Madeon on a Twitter post from March of this year. “There was so much passion.” The visuals matched the beat of the music perfectly. When the sound grew and the beat was fast tempoed, the lights flickered neon red, green, yellow and blue, and the sound of the speakers shook your body. 

When the music began to slow down and Madeon would take the microphone and sing, the visuals consisted of shades of black and white and often showed a man in a cloak or flower petals that would burst into color once the musical beat picked up again. 

Not only were impactful visual images shown on the screen behind Madeon, but inspirational quotes and lyrics from his songs were projected for the crowd to sing along to. “No More Fear”, “Come Alive”, “Show Me a Miracle” and “Watch Over Us” were just a few of the words Madeon displayed to his audience. 

Following “Show Me a Miracle”, Madeon’s intended last song of the evening, he ran off stage but quickly returned to the sound of the crowd screaming for an encore — “One more song!” The audience grew louder and became somewhat rowdy when Madeon returned to the stage and the song “Shelter” began to play. 

The one downside of the performance was that it was merely an hour and a half. The show concluded at around 10:50 p.m. and Madeon finished off strong, thanking his fans. 

After the show, one fan, Spencer Lipo Zovic, commented about his following of Madeon’s career and his own experience at the show. “I've followed Madeon for the better part of a decade and this performance was absolutely unreal … between the music and the visual, the teasing with each song he didn’t actually play and the live edits of the songs that he did play that are standard classics, this dude knows how to put on a show,” he said. “I cannot wait to see more of what he does. He is only 27, 2 weeks younger than me. He's got a long career ahead of him. He’s going places.” 

Madeon continues the “Good Faith Live” Tour until Oct. 30, traveling around to other big cities in the country. I personally enjoyed the interactive experience that was created at the live show and know that Madeon gained at least one new fan. If you haven’t heard of him yet, go listen! 

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