Madeon Mixes Magic at the El Rey Theater Elijah PantojaTuesday, April 28, 2015CultureEvent CoverageEventsReviews0 Comments The line for the show was a diverse group. From adolescent youth to couples of older age, it was clear that support for Madeon spans many generations, genders, and racial groups. The El Rey Theater on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California was the perfect setting to gather this diverse group of fans as it created a small, intimate environment. The M Machine kicked things off for the night’s events, playing a deep, melodic set. Even prior to their performance, the pit of the theater had nearly reached full capacity. As the duo’s set began, they ran into a problem with their CDJs. For the first five minutes of their set, one of their CDJs failed to turn on, but they were still able to keep the crowd moving. Once the issue was fixed, they let the crowd know, and cheers could be heard across the room. The most interesting part of the set was the way in which the duo mixed their dark, earlier work with the vocally charged dance music of their newer EP. The duo was successful in transitioning from one style to the other, but the song that got the crowd moving the most was none other than Ultra’s favorite track: “Deep Down Low” by Valentino Khan. When the two dropped this track in the middle of the set, the audience immediately starting dancing. Though their style is far different from that of Madeon’s funky and incredibly energetic music, The M Machine was an unexpectedly strong support slot for the event. After the guys wrapped up their support slot, it only took a maximum of ten minutes before Madeon took the stage. The second the youthful artist took the stage, I knew it would be a show to remember. Easily the most lively DJ I’ve ever seen, the energy of his music and set is easily explained by his charismatic and enthusiastic personality. Immediately from the start, his classic sound of massive, uplifting synths set the tone for the rest of the night. There was honestly not a dull moment in the set and if you looked at the crowd during any moment, half of them would have their heads thrown back, singing at the top of their lungs, or moving their whole body to the beat. This was clearly not a show in which pseudo-fans attended. Everyone in the audience obviously loved the music of Madeon; everywhere I turned, all I could see were smiles and expressions of pure happiness. Not only was the crowd energetic, but Madeon himself was feeding off the energy. Jumping with the drop, playing the air-piano, throwing his hands up, his own actions on stage were keeping the audience going as much as the music was. About halfway through the set, possibly due to a far-fetched fear that the crowd was getting tired of the music, his pop culture mashup began to play. An instant class and fan favorite, if there was a single person in the audience that wasn’t singing or dancing (there wasn’t), then they were after he dropped the mashup. As the set was coming to an end, one of the most significant moments of the night occurred. About ten minutes before his end time, Madeon’s sound was abruptly cut off. At first, no one was sure if it was a part of the show because of the way he freaked out, but after a couple of minutes with no sound people were getting worried. Unlike most other artists, Madeon was making clear attempts to do what he could in order to bring the sound back. When he wasn’t nose-to-screen with his laptop trying to solve the issue, he was doing his best to keep the crowd engaged. Clapping to start a theater wide beat, encouraging the audience to chant his name, waving his hands to get the crowd cheering, I had never seen an artist making such an effort to connect with their fans during a show. The love for this young, incredibly talented artist was made clear during this period of silence as no one in the crowd became angry, There was only encouragement as he was clearly distressed by the issue. Eventually, his sound returned and seeing him throw his hands in the air and scream out was one of the best moments of the night. This 20-year old is not only one of the most talented artists in the industry, but also one of the most genuine as well. Finally, at the end of the show, Madeon turned to his piano and mic to play an acoustic song off the album Adventure that eventually transitioned into his original track, “You’re On” to close out the set. Easily one of, if not the best show I’ve ever seen, Madeon is not only a master of mixing and producing, but a master of crowd control as well. A one of a kind performer, he has truly learned how to get a sold out to move and groove to some of the most innovative and original music in the industry today.