Madeon Releases Highly Anticipated Album “Good Faith”

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Recently, DJ-producer, Madeon, officially released his long-awaited album Good Faith. It seems like years since the announcement of this album was made; it seemed like it may never come, but it finally has! Since the release of Madeon’s first single this year “All My Friends,” fans have been dying to get their hands on this

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NMF Roundup: Madeon reveals ‘Good Faith,’ deadmau5 takes to the skies on ‘SATRN’ + more

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NMF Roundup: Madeon reveals ‘Good Faith,’ deadmau5 takes to the skies on ‘SATRN’ + moreDeadmau5 Cube 3.0

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

At long last, Madeon’s sophomore LP, Good Faith, has arrived. Though it’s been long-anticipated, the electronic music community didn’t have time to anticipate new deadmau5, which dropped out of thin air on Nov. 15. Dillon Francis’ Magic Is Real makes a full appearance alongside these, tapping artists like Vera Hotsauce for “Barely Breathing.” MK and Sonny Fodera link with Raphaella for “One Night,” and Chris Lake and Solardo “Free Your Body” on their latest. GRiZ’s Bangers[4].Zip has arrived, featuring songs like “Tiger Kingdom Space Camp,” and MJ Cole’s remixed Flume and Vera Blue’s “Rushing Back.” Friction delivers some drum ‘n’ bass goodness on “Good To Me,” and Eli Brown puts his own spin on Dom Dolla’s “San Frandisco.” Snails, Kill The Noise, and Sullivan King team up for a new mega-collab, “Front 2 Back,” and NGHTMRE and Gunna bring the heat with “CASH COW.” Gammer returns to Monstercat for “Brostep Strikes Back,” and Klingande releases his long-awaited debut LP, The Album. Oliver Heldens links with Firebeatz, Schella, and Carla Monroe for “Lift Me Up,” and Dirty South and Marion Amira prove a formidable force on “All I Need.” Dillon Nathaniel goes deep on a new tech house heater, “Do It Again,” and R3HAB teams up with ZAYN and Jungleboi on “Flames.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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The wait for Madeon’s sophomore album was all in ‘Good Faith’ [Stream]

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The wait for Madeon’s sophomore album was all in ‘Good Faith’ [Stream]Madeon

Madeon‘s come a long way since his explosive acclimation into electronic earshot by way of his viral and now revered “Pop Culture” mashup. The unequivocal product of a vast palette of pop, Madeon’s music has become a wholesome, unflinchingly fun fixture in the electronic space. Across his extensive production tenure, he’s released an album to mass acclaim, gleaned production credits for Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding, and a sundry of artists of a similar caliber, collaborated with and toured alongside Porter Robinson, and recently launched a whole new live setup.

Today, in a long-awaited edition of New Music Friday, Madeon’s delivered on his promise of Good Faith, a laudable sophomore LP effort. Fans got a triple-tiered tasting of the album in the months leading up to release day. Indeed, “All My Friends,” “Dream Dream Dream,” which Apple secured for the launch of its new iPhone campaign, and “Be Fine” served as buzz-bringing harbingers of Good Faith‘s dance-pop charisma.

In a recent interview, Madeon told Dancing Astronaut he acquainted himself with a colorful culmination of inspiration while crafting the new album. He cites Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Tyler, the Creator as influential listens during the Good Faith production period. The LP, out now through Sony’s Columbia Records, spans nine original tracks.

The French electro-pop icon is currently touring North America.

EDC Mexico reveals 2020 lineup featuring Diplo, Tiësto, Knife Party, Madeon, and more

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Less than a day before EDC Orlando 2019, Insomniac has revealed the full lineup for EDC Mexico 2020. Returning for a seventh iteration, EDC Mexico will take place at its home venue Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez from Feb. 28-March 1 as a three-day event this time around. In concurrence with its other Insomniac variations, EDC Mexico’s lineup packs a punch in offering an extensive selection of acts across all genres—featuring a spectrum from mainstream artists to rising talent and everything in between.

Diplo, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Zedd, and David Guetta are among a few of many DJs gracing the festival’s bookings, as well as comeback artists like Knife Party and Madeon. Other beloved artists including Carl Cox, Vini Vici, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Walker & Royce, and Wax Motif are also slated to perform.

Tickets for EDC Mexico 2020 are on sale here. General admission three-day passes begin at $1,950 MXN. The Comfort Pass, PLUS • Enhanced Experience Pass, and SkyDeck package are also available to purchase.

Madeon confirms ‘Good Faith’ date with compilation of teasers

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Madeon confirms ‘Good Faith’ date with compilation of teasersMadeon Photo Cred Diego Andrade

Madeon finally set a date—for Good Faith, that is. The French producer’s sophomore LP will reportedly arrive November 15. The news comes by way of a minute-long video the producer posted on his Twitter earlier today, which also gives fans a bit of aural insight into what’s to come. The video blends clips of Madeon dually in the studio and out and about in nature before it takes a twist into a pink and green multi-colored universe. The video certainly gives fans something to long for alongside the on-deck music scoring the clip in two different halves.

Madeon has released three singles from the album so far with “All My Friends,” “Dream Dream Dream,” and most recently, “Be Fine.” As the full album release draws nearer, fans can only hope that the acclaimed producer will continue to tease more information and music in the time between.

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Madeon releases the third taste from his upcoming ‘Good Faith’ LP, ‘Be Fine’

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Madeon releases the third taste from his upcoming ‘Good Faith’ LP, ‘Be Fine’Madeon Photo Cred Diego Andrade

Madeon has released the newest single from highly anticipated Good Faith LP, “Be Fine,” continuing the highly creative, melodically entrancing, and unique 2019 release spree from the “Shelter” synthpop producer. The track follows singles, “All My Friends” and “Dream Dream Dream,” which received positive reactions from fellow artists and fans alike, including his fellow collaborator and Second Sky partner, Porter Robinson.

The release comes after a heartfelt letter to his fans, where the French producer opened up about his depression while finishing his forthcoming album. After his debut Good Faith show at Lollapalooza, his depression hit harder than expected and the release of his long play had to be put on hold.

These tastes off the album are plenty for the time being, as fans and artist have sent their support for the talented artist to take care of his mental health. His Good Faith tour will continue later this month.

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Madeon opens up about depression and announces new single, ‘Be Fine’

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Madeon opens up about depression and announces new single, ‘Be Fine’Madeon Photo Cred Diego Andrade

Madeon‘s highly anticipated return to dance music has been a gratifying journey to say the least. Ushering the Good Faith chapter of his musical career, the French synthpop producer released singles, “All My Friends” and “Dream Dream Dream” to positive reception from peers and fans alike while debuting his eponymous Beats 1 radio show. Now, after months of waiting, Madeon has delivered Good Faith in full spirits.

In a heartfelt letter to fans, Madeon opened up about his depression leading up to the completion of his forthcoming album, its impact on him after the debut of his Good Faith show at Lollapalooza, and his subsequent decision to put the album on hold. Citing the thematic elements of the album as his motivation for continuously working on his mental health, the “Shelter” producer thanked fans for their patience and empathy in the delay.

“That’s the intimate theme of this work to me: making sense of joy, making sense of darkness. Along the way, over more than three years, Good Faith has been the horizon, the reason I would fight over and over again to get healthy. I want this album, this tour and all that will come after it to paint for you the picture that’s been vividly in my mind all this time.”

Madeon also announced the newest single from Good Faith, “Be Fine” and its release date: Wednesday, Oct. 16. His Good Faith tour will commence later this month.

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Apple features Madeon’s ‘Dream Dream Dream’ in reveal of new iPhones

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Apple features Madeon’s ‘Dream Dream Dream’ in reveal of new iPhonesMadeon Photo Cred Diego Andrade

The Sept. 10 Apple Event brought with it the arrival of a new set of iPhones: the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone Pro Max. The latter two models are the first of their kind, sporting three cameras and improved photography capabilities.

These new models feature a new component that Apple’s cheekily calling “slofies.” These slow-mo selfie videos made their debut to the soundtrack of Madeon’s “Dream Dream Dream,” and the resulting video is a humorous one, showing the use of slow motion via the new phone’s front-facing camera. Though some might find it entertaining, early reactions to the “slowfie” haven’t been overwhelmingly positive. If nothing else, though, dance music fans can appreciate Apple’s good taste in accompanying music.

The new iPhones are available to pre-order on Sept. 13. iOS 13 follows on Sept. 19.

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Madeon details his Good Faith Live premiere at Lollapalooza, plans for sophomore LP, and the genesis of ‘Pop Culture’ [Interview]

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Madeon details his Good Faith Live premiere at Lollapalooza, plans for sophomore LP, and the genesis of ‘Pop Culture’ [Interview]EBZ6loMYAMaEY

Excluding his immortal collaborative effort alongside Porter Robinson, “Shelter,” in late 2016, a four-plus-year interlude reverberated without any original material from the Madeon headquarters.

Nonetheless, the French native had already inscribed his indelible earmark on the wall of electronic music eminence long before he had (by most standards) reached adulthood. At the ripe age of 17, Madeon curated what many would consider the magnum opus of mashups in electronic music, “Pop Culture,” wherein he fused 39 of his favorite charting tracks via his Launchpad controller. The amalgamation’s live rendition, as of today, sits at a staggering 50 million YouTube hits; though it accrued viral status in mere days.

Following back-to-back EP releases in the subsequent years, Madeon formally demonstrated that he could not be further removed from one-hit-wonder discourse, as he put forth his accolade-abundant freshman project, Adventure. Not long after it reached shelves, Madeon’s debut LP has been widely regarded as one of electronic music’s signature releases. The album left his globally dispersed fan base to at a loss as to how such an endeavor could be eclipsed.

But this past March, all suspicion of what Madeon had been plotting during his absence from solo work reached long overdue fruition, when he announced that he would be unveiling a never-before-seen live experience at Lollapalooza 2019. Following months of well-warranted speculation following the cryptic teaser, Madeon began to inch back the curtain on the musical masterpiece that he was meticulously etching to perfection behind closed doors. Judiciously stamped, Good Faith, Madeon’s sophomore album proceeded to spawn back-to-back, contrasting yet equally enticing, productions. The first was ushered in by a strategically surreptitious billboard in Los Angeles, in May of this year. Since, the pair of releases, “All My Friends” and “Dream Dream Dream,” have faultlessly led expectations for the remainder of the forthcoming endeavor to skyrocket, as Madeon proved he hasn’t lost his golden thumb in the studio after all.

As the Saturday of Lollapalooza’s 2019 edition promptly approached, Madeon’s finale performance at the festival’s American Eagle complex was among one of the event’s most anticipated electronic spectacles. While he had previously revealed that new music would surely appear during the show’s display, it remained to be seen just how much of Madeon’s sophomore effort would be at the downtown Chicago audience’s fingertips.

Just a few hours prior to Madeon’s taking the stage to demonstrate for patrons the importance of showing a little faith, Good Faith, that is, with the new live setup, Dancing Astronaut had the pleasure of sitting down with the 25-year-old titan of his trade, to dive into the background behind the show’s assembly, what to expect from the album, and how his “Pop Culture” mashup changed his life.

As it was assuredly futile to keep up in real time during the 60-minute performance, afforded the understanding that Madeon rattled out a mind-numbing ten unidentified tracks throughout his visually-enthralling ‘Good Faith Live’ phenomenon. While he maintained that no material from his Lollapalooza performance would be a candidate for his next single release, clues from a puzzle pieced together on his latest Good Faith Radio episode indicates his third single could potentially appear to be “Be Fine.” Ultimately, listeners will have to keep the faith until further notice.

You’re debuting your new show ‘Good Faith Live’ here at Lollapalooza, and it’s your first solo live show since the Adventure days. What made you decide to specifically share it here in Chicago?

I’ve been thinking about the show simultaneously with writing music so it’s been years, and the vision for the show is best expressed in larger scales. I felt like a festival was the perfect opportunity to present it in its best light from the start. So when Lolla came asking me what I was up to, it felt like the right timing and the right amount of prestige to debut a show. It was a great landmark to look forward to in the future.

It felt like the right fit and it’s nice because I get to do this show and then I have a couple of months where I’m in Europe and then a couple of months for the U.S. tour. I get to improve and learn from this show and it’s like a large scale experiment. We literally brought the largest screen we could fit so we went all in.

What are you able to tell us about your plans for the unveiling of ‘Good Faith Live’ tonight? Are there any outright differences between this and the full tour?

The tour we’re trying to bring the most we can practically but obviously we’re doing different venue sizes. When we’re doing Bill Graham, it’s going to be as big but when we’re doing smaller cities, it’s like something else. We’re making sure we bring a full and great experience to every show that we’re doing but the main difference is that we’re doing is that the tour will have a longer set because this is just under an hour.

I’m going to be able to play a lot more songs and have a lot more moments so this first show is sort of like a condensed teaser. I also decided when I was working on the setlist that I wanted to debut some new music but not all the new music. So for example, I’m currently picking my next single and all of my next single options are not songs that I’m going to be playing at this show. So there’s still going to be new things that I’ll play on tour.

Recently you touched on how you started work on Good Faith right as the Adventure era was coming to a close. How was the creative process for ‘Good Faith’ comparable to how you approached ‘Adventure’?

It was so incredibly different, nothing like it. Yesterday, I was getting emotional about this show. I was going through the e-mail I sent to my team in very early 2016 when I was kind of wrapping up what my vision was for that next era and almost everything in that is still what I’m doing now. The way I described the show then is still the show I’m doing tonight. I had such a clear idea of what I wanted to do which was quite different from Adventure, which was more a process where I was trying to figure it out.

I took a lot of time because I was mostly concerned that I was taking care of myself, taking time off when I needed it, taking the time to learn certain things I didn’t know and not rushing into things. There are some songs like “Dream Dream Dream” that were ready very early on and just because they are ready doesn’t mean they need to be out right now. Let me figure the whole vision out first, so I had to be patient. With Adventure, I made it while I was still touring a lot and it was more so start and stop and more interrupted where I could be less introspective with it. I love that album so much but that process felt vastly different for sure.

So far your sophomore album has given us two singles with “All My Friends” and “Dream Dream Dream,” which possess clear stylistic differences. Is Good Faith going to lean specifically towards either of these styles or towards something completely unexpected?

You’ll find there’s a really clear sonic theme to the album. I think both singles touch on elements of the recurring palette, like one big thing is humans, choirs and chants which is obviously very prominent in “Dream Dream Dream.” That’s the thing throughout the show and throughout the album. That will be seen in the visuals and that’s manifested in the audio of almost every song, so those singles are good representation of that. The palette of emotion does get a little bit broader than those two songs. I do think they’re a good intro, though. I think they hopefully set the tone quite well but there’s more secrets and fun moments to come. 

You had acknowledged that “All My Friends” was probably the most pop-leaning production on the album

Yeah so I really like the idea of making music that I didn’t even think of as necessarily living within the format of dance music. The songs I was referencing or thinking about when I made that one felt very free. I didn’t feel like I needed to make it relate to any particular format so in my head so I was just writing a straight up pop song, but in the best and most sincere way possible. Pop music is a really respectable genre. The Beatles are great and they’re a pop band, so deciding you want to write a pop song isn’t necessarily a bad intention, it’s a beautiful intention. I was trying to express my love for that genre and obviously anything I do is still informed by my background in dance music, so it comes through and ends up being dance music, but it’s nice to free your process and clutter of genres.

Through the creation of Good Faith, were there any musical inspirations that helped you along the way?

I was listening to a lot of more hip-hop when I was making Good Faith. I got into Pink Floyd too and you’ll hear some influences maybe on the album. I rediscovered my love for The Beatles, which I do every so often. I got really into Tyler the Creator and stuff like Kraftwerk. All of the bands and acts I was destined to eventually love that I hadn’t found by that point, I found now. My musical taste had expanded in the most enriching way and I’ve never loved music more than the past couple of years.

Earlier this summer, your legendary “Pop Culture” Launchpad mashup celebrated its 8th birthday. What has that song meant to you personally as you look back and see how far you’ve come?

It’s so hard to say. It’s mostly a beautiful, beautiful memory. It’s something that I’m so thankful and grateful for. I felt very lucky to have that idea at a time where it had the room to connect and it found an audience. It felt like the stars aligned in my life for me because I needed that to happen. I was just out of school and everything was uncertain, so it made my future more precise.

It was a big relief because it felt like my take on music was maybe going to connect with some people. It changed my life and I still really enjoying it, listening back to it and performing it in sets. It was so spontaneous because it was literally the first thing I did when I got a launchpad. I just had that idea, I went to the store and then shot it that night. I just saved it and didn’t put it out right away because I wasn’t that secure about it I guess. Then I got more confident like, “You know what? This will probably do 10,000 or 100,000 views.” So I put it up and went on vacation. It blew up and I didn’t even see it so my manager called me and was like “Hey, so here’s what’s going on.” I was on vacation in somewhere with no internet so I could only go to the cafe every few days. Between the time I arrived and the first time I went to the cafe, it had several million views which was so cool.

**This transcript has been slightly edited for clarity and readability

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Clubhouse Festival Releases Phase One Lineup

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Last year, Clubhouse Festival, which is based in Maryland, had its inaugural event last year and left a mark on all those who attended it. Featuring artists like Steve Aoki, Tyga, Rich The Kid, Sam Feldt, and more, it was definitely a lineup you couldn’t forget. Today, the new festival has released the phase 1

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