Porter Robinson and Madeon: the boy princes of EDM
Madeon and Porter Robinson are two young production prodigies who have managed to establish strong careers since their respective breakouts in 2011. Now as they are deep in their co-headling Shelter tour, Rob LeDonne from The Guardian digs deep to find out who the artists are as individuals.This article originally appeared on The Guardian
As the distant echoes of an LCD Soundsystem performance bleed through the walls of their trailer, Porter Robinson and Hugo Leclercq, better known by his nom de disque Madeon, are currently relaxing on a couch after playing for a couple thousand people during the last day of the Austin City Limits music festival.
“This is a very surreal way of living, but overall pretty pleasant I think,” explains Robinson, 24, a grey knit cap over his flowing hair. “When you’re on tour you usually wake up in a bunk on a bus, barely manage to get yourself clean by midday, eat something, and then are suddenly you’re standing in front of 6,000 people. Then you do all of that over again the next day. It’s a kind of hypnotic ritual.”
The hypnotic tour Robinson is currently experiencing is a joint one with his friend Madeon. Named after their latest single, Shelter, it’s an expansive jaunt that takes them from festivals like this one to monster venues – they’re doing two nights at both the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York and the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. It’s also a victory lap for the duo who can now command the crowds to pack both venues, a testament to their growing popularity since they first broke out onto the electronic scene, albeit separately, in 2011. “It’s funny because we’ve been working about six years professionally, but we met when were pretty much children,” says Robinson. “I was 12 and he was 14.”
“To me, it doesn’t feel that long at all,” says Madeon, now 22 but seeming years younger in a varsity jacket and a blue baseball cap pulled over his scruffy face. “We’ve been close peers well before either of us had a hint of ever having a music career, and when we did eventually find success it was through completely different avenues.” Robinson and Madeon first met on an online music production forum. The faraway friends (Robinson in his hometown of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Madeon in Nantes, France), hit it off, albeit digitally, and began sending tracks back and forth.