After Lady Gaga, Madeon Wants Kanye West Next

ARTPOP producer talks to MTV News about how 'crazy' it was to work with Gaga and his plans for his debut album.

Having already made a name for himself touring with Lady Gaga and working with the Mother Monster on her ARTPOP album, 19-year-old EDM up-and-comer Madeon is ready to crossover in a big way.

He’s already released two EPs, The City and Japan Only, and a handful of singles like “Finale” and “Technicolor,” and with some pop cred under his belt, he’s ready to see if those concepts can be applied to his debut album. The French native (real name Hugo Pierre Leclercq) is prepping tracks for his in-the-works release.

“I’ve always been in dance music, but I’ve always been a pop fan at heart,” he told MTV News. “I’ve always wanted to work with pop artists and my #1 on my list was Lady Gaga. So when I had the opportunity to do that, I was really thrilled. And, yeah, it’s really fun to be introduced to worlds of radio and charts and all those new [concepts] that you don’t quite have when you’re just DJing and doing dance music. So it’s been a crazy experience for sure.”

And like fellow ARTPOP producer Zedd, he’s looking to make a seamless transition into pop while also maintaining a strong footing in EDM. “I started working on my album and I’m gonna spend a good chunk of next year working on my album as well,” he said. “It’s a nice toe in the water to see what the other side of the world beyond electronic music is like, ’cause ultimately I just want to do an album that people listen to at home and enjoy, not just in the club.”

So, is there someone he’s hoping to get to lend some vocals to his album? “It’s a little early to say. Personally I really like collaborating with smaller indie artists ’cause i feel like it’s a nice way to introduce people to artists that I love,” he said. “I probably would work more with upcoming artists than big names that’s my kind of vibe. But I love producing big names.”

Madeon had three songs on Gaga’s ARTPOP (“Mary Jane Holland,” “Venus” and “Gypsy), and even though he’s hard at work on his own album, he has a few other folks he’d love to produce for.

“I would love to do like hip-hop or something like a rock band, like The Killers or Kanye West,” he shared. “I want to do as many genres as I can.”