Meet Max M, the winner of our November #MusicBeatsCancer Challenge who raised over $6,000! His out his song “Imaginary Problems” will be featured on the jumbotron at the iHeart Jingle Ball in Washington DC. We sat down with Max M to learn more about his musical journey and why he decided to align his music with the Music Beats Cancer mission.
Q: What was your original calling to music? How did you start?
I learned the basics of music theory when I was a kid. I started to DJ and compose when I was a teenager. I then focused on my other passion – IT – until I reached 40 and decided to rekindle with my first love – music. After four years of learning and hard work my new music is now emerging.
Q: Who or what is your musical inspiration? Which artist(s) do you look up to? Did any of them inspire you to experiment with your music? Is there something new you’d like to try?
I’m very eclectic and listen to a lot of music within different genres. I love beautiful voices and catchy toplines with relatable lyrics. Talking about inspiration I can definitely mention Jean-Michel Jarre and Max Martin. Jean-Michel Jarre definitely inspired me want to work with an analog synthesizer while I emulated Max Martin attention to all the tiny details that really make a difference when composing music. I like to go out of my comfort zone and learn beyond what I know, so that each new song is to some extent a new and exciting experiment.
Q: Why did you become involved with Music Beats Cancer? Has cancer directly or indirectly affected you?
Within my family we do have, like many others, a firsthand understanding of what it takes to fight cancer. My grandfather passed away because of cancer, some family members were able to beat it and one is currently fighting. Finding new treatments is key to be able to win the war one day. That’s why I got behind Music Beats Cancer. (You can visit Max M page HERE.)
Q: What is happening next in your music career?
I’m about to release a new single named “Coming Through” (with a very special music video in January!) and a Deluxe version of my debut EP.
More recently, I released a new song called “Any Other Night“.
Q: Anything else you would like Music Beats Cancer readers to know about you?
If you believe in your dreams and work (really really) hard nothing is impossible! That’s the reason why I’ve started making music after a quite successful career in IT.