Accompanied by a stunning light show, Madeon’s performance is impressive. His stage set up is much different than other EDM artists. While many EDM artists tend to hide their table and equipment behind a large LCD screen, Madeon shows off his equipment and technique to the audience. A few essential pieces of his equipment are propped up front and center of his booth. His booth is see through, so you can see everything going on, from his live mixing to how he moves his feet to the beat of the music.
What is most impressive though is Madeon’s resume. Not only does his recent album, Adventure, include collaborations with artists such as Passion Pit, Mark Foster of Foster the People, and Dan Smith of Bastille – but he has credits on records by Muse, Ellie Goulding, Two Door Cinema Club, and Coldplay. He also produced and co-wrote three songs on Lady Gaga’s Artpop album. He was the opening act for Lady Gaga’s 2012 “Born This Way Ball” tour.
Supporting Madeon was American producer and vocalist, Ryan DeRobertis, better known by his electronic music project stage name, Skylar Spence. He originates from Long Island, NY but was born in Baltimore, MD. His former musical project was named Saint Pepsi.
Skylar Spence was a spectacular opening act for this tour as the style of his music paired well with Madeon. Skylar Spence warmed up the crowd for the night, as most had begun dancing once he started performing songs from his recent album, Prom King. The most notable aspect of Skylar Spence’s performance live is that he is a solo act that mixes on his computer, then once he gets the beat down and on loop, he easily switches over to strumming his guitar and singing vocals. He goes back and forth between his computer, guitar and mic all without missing a beat – literally.
But before Skylar Spence’s “regularly programmed” set as he referred to it, both Skylar Spence and Madeon came out on stage casually to start the night off with an intimate jam session as their personal project they created while on tour together called Trading Dreams. They played a few songs together acoustically, both providing vocals together on some songs. Their performance together really showed the bond that formed between them while on tour. At the end of their jam session, the two called a fan on stage who was celebrating her birthday at the show and gifted her a guitar signed by both of them.
All in all, this show was a great night. The fans danced the night away and enjoyed hearing all the beats and bass performed for them. I wish that the Pixel Empire Tour didn’t just end last night so I could tell you to go see these two together live, but you’ll just have to wait until they both go on their next tours. In the meantime, you can check out Madeon and Skylar Spence on Spotify.