Ever since his underground burst in 2011, UK based label boss, prodcuer and DJ, Max Chapman has taken us on an electrifying and creative journey. Earlier this month he released his first ever Essential Mix and this week his Motorola remix was #79 on Beatport today: https://www.beatport.com/release/motorola-max-chapman-extended-mix/2268134
You released your first record at 23 years old. Where did you learn how to produce? And how long were you making music or DJing before you put this out?
I actually taught myself how to produce whilst I was traveling in Asia – I’d download all the YouTube tutorials I could find then watch them when I was on flights or without WiFi and then when I arrived in Australia, I had a load of these half-finished tracks. After that, it just became a hobby – I never expected it to become a full-time job!
Do you consider yourself a perfectionist when it comes to making music or playing music? Or do you feel it’s just an organic process where you are willing to experiment on the fly?
I am definitely not a perfectionist, I always go into the studio aiming to enjoy what I do, and I don’t think that I could create the same kind of music if I started agonizing over every little aspect. I’ll sometimes go into the studio with a specific idea or inspiration, but the studio is my escape so it’s always very relaxed and an enjoyable process.
Is there a skill you’d like to master that you haven’t already?
I’ve never been asked this question, but I’d love to be able to play live one day. I’m not sure if the music I make would translate well to a live set up, but I’ve always preferred working with hardware in the studio, so maybe one day I’ll work out how to translate that to a live setup.
What is the most unique place you’ve ever played?
It’s not where you expect, but there’s a festival in the UK called Forbidden Forest and it’s – as you might guess – set in a forest, right next to a race track. It’s so random, but it’s the first time I’d ever played under a tree canopy and the production was wicked, so it’s always been one which stands out for me.
You own Resonance Records, what’s it like owning your own record label? How do you balance it out with producing, djing and having outside hobbies?
To be honest, I don’t find it that difficult – we’ve got a great team behind the label and since my mate George Smeddles became a partner, it’s really taken things to the next level. It’s definitely satisfying being able to release great records and give up-and-coming producers the opportunity to be heard.
What are your hobbies besides music?
Does eating out count?!
Outside of your own label, is there any other record label you are dying to release on? What about this label resonates with you?
I’ve been lucky enough to release on so many amazing labels already, but I’d have to say Desolat is still one I’d like to tick off the list. Dice has always been my favourite DJ and everything Desolat does is quality – it’d be great to be affiliated with them, so who knows maybe one day if I write the right track?
Who is your biggest inspiration? / Who do you have a lot of respect for? (both in dance music and in general)
That’s gotta be my Mum – she’s so strong and has had a really rough few years where she’s lost some really valuable people in her life, but she’s still there for us all and as strong as ever. I mean, she still looks after me and I’m 30.
You’ve had your tracks played by big names like Adam Beyer, Hot Since 82, Loco Dice, Pete Tong, Nic Fanciulli, to name a few. I’m sure that’s a great feeling! Anyone you are dying to collaborate with?
I’d love to work with the Martinez Brothers, but it’ll probably never happen! They write some of the best music out there, I reckon it’d be great to spend a bit of studio time with them – hopefully, they’ll see this and hit me up 😉
You just released a mix on BBC Radio 1 Pete Tong’s Essential mix! First off, congratulations, second how do you feel? This is a huge deal!
Thank you! It’s mad, I still don’t quite believe it and the mix went out over a week ago now. It was a very daunting project to approach – Pete Tong is a legend and the Essential Mix is such a huge accolade, so to be asked this early in my career was something I really didn’t expect.
For 2018...can you share with us what new releases we can look for or other exciting things you are a part of to check out?
There are some huge shows on the horizon all over the world, and of course several in Ibiza too… I’ve got a collab EP out on Relief in June with Leftwing & Kody which is sounding big, and then on Resonance, we’re releasing one of the sickest EPs I’ve heard in ages from Wade – that comes with a huge CamelPhat remix too, so keep an eye out for that one…