SPRING FESTIVAL - HOUTRAK
MAY 13 & 14, 2023
From his youth in the North of France, Madben kept a fondness for DIY culture and a nickname that still smells the warehouse ! The Lille native experienced techno from its beginnings. In the 90s, he followed this new scene via the flyers he collected in record shops. With his buddies, he spent nights and nights in Belgium, in Brussels' Fuse, at Gand's Kozzmozz parties or in abandoned factories in Courtrai, a perfect and free territory to hear the best sound of that era. Obvioulsy, this lifestyle pushed him and other activists to run their own parties, in Lille and surrounding areas.
Total techno man, at ease in a DJ booth, in his studio or during a pure live performance, still Madben needed an album. It is now achieved with Fréquence(s), released in 2018 on Astropolis Records. With this definitive full-length, he consolidated his chiaroscuro techno, celebrating his mentors (Laurent Garnier and Manu Le Malin, both invited) and offering a feat to artist Rebeka Warrior. In the process, both the doors of festivals and european clubs opened for him – he has done more than 50 gigs last year – and led him to meet his new international allies: Maceo Plex recruited him in his team (Ellum Records) and he just signed an EP for Anja Schneider's platform. With a a successful first gig at Berghain in 2019, Madben got great new perspectives for the future. His ardour and ambition, combined with his all-ages audience, prove this music has always been and still is for everyone. Like it or not, Techno is alive and kicking.