Impact profiles raw talent that's about to turn dance music on its head. Next up: Madeaux
Music was never the obvious choice for Andrew Berman, who, despite growing up in the nightlife hub of Miami, was not infatuated with electronic music early on. "My classmates would murmur about Ultra," he mentions, reflecting on his high school years, but mostly recalls spending his time out of the classroom busied with sports, specifically, the swim team.
Now, at only age 24 and residing across the country in Los Angeles, he's come a long way since his self-described "shy kid" years spent in the pool. To force himself out of his own shell, he recalls teaching himself how to play guitar simply because "it looked fucking cool" with only YouTube tutorials and sheer determination.
And apparently, his innate musical talent needed only that slightest bit of encouragement to shine. He created the Madeaux project and before he knew it, was thrown straight into the bull pen: a two day-long studio session with possibly the most daunting of mentors: Deadmau5.
After surviving that test (more on that, below), it wasn't long before Madeaux's work caught the attention of A-Trak, head of Fool's Gold Records and talented producer and DJ whose genuine confidence in the young producer is impossible to ignore.
Though Madeaux's sound still evades any one genre-specification – a little bit of hip-hop, a little bit of house and a whole lot of vocals – Fool's Gold has proven to be a perfect fit for the budding producer.
As he prepares for the release of his new album 'Burn' which is out this summer via Fool's Gold, Madeaux joined us for a chat about early inspirations, avoiding EDM trends, what it takes to "do dope shit" and much more. Exclusive Q+A and mix below.