Madeon makes history as the first DJ to ever perform on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange
The floor of the New York Stock Exchange was transformed last night by the unlikeliest of sponsors, a 18-year-old French prodigy known to most as the launchpad-wielding Madeon. For just over an hour, the heart of the world economy pulsed, not with stock tickers and screaming traders, but with a barrage of pad-triggered clips, arranged to create a symphony of electro-pop that shook the foundation of Wall Street’s trading floor.
The event, held by the Kairos 50, celebrated the achievements of the 50 most innovative student-run businesses in the world, making Madeon a fitting choice to provide the soundtrack for the prestigious event. Groundbreaking and visionary are two terms not often associated with 18-year-olds, but Madeon’s skillful precision and ingenious ear for music have re-defined what it means to be an electronic artist. While most rely on CDJs and simple beatmatching, he takes a different route, utilizing, not one, but three launchpads to deliver his innovative blend of electronic dance music.
Nimble and animated, the young producer worked his way through a set that was both sonically diverse and exceptionally developed, feverishly tapping away at a wall of pads and triggers. From his career-defining “Pop Culture,” Brodinski’s “Nobody Rules The Streets” and the always classic Yeah Yeah Yeah’s original “Heads Will Roll,” Madeon showed his deep appreciation for the vast ocean of electronic music – flooding the trading floor in a sea of sound bites and synthetic stabs to celebrate the historic performance.
Check out the full album from the night here.