Bursting onto the underground house scene in 2011, Max Chapman was just 23 years old when he released his first record. Since then the Essex based DJ and producer has taken on a journey of energy, creativity and unconditional passion and even bagged himself an overall number one on Beatport.
United By Bass’ chief editor Cole Vassallo was able to catch up with the Resonance Records head boss recently and they chatted about his inspiration, production, his new EP dropping on Hot Creation and his upcoming performance here in San Diego.
Cole Vassallo – United By Bass
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us about the world of Max Chapman! You are releasing La Fiesta on Hot Creations on August 25th. Could you share with us a little about the making of the tracks?
Well, the idea came from a trip to Music On in Ibiza; I walked onto the terrace and there was a proper groovy, percussive record playing with a very small Latin vocal and the first thing I thought was “that vocal needs to be more often, or more of it”. That moment stuck with me the whole time I was there and I was even searching for Latin vocals back in the hotel room. It took a while but I finally found one and it was so good that the rest of the track wrote itself. A Hot Creations release is something I’ve wanted since day dot, so you can imagine the excitement I have for this release.
(Listen to the La Fiesta Here)
You are very modest when referring to your production abilities despite consistently releasing dance floor hits time and time again. In fact, you had your first release inside of one year of learning how to produce. How do you think your approach to making music helped you reach such a high level of proficiency at such a rapid pace?
Well that’s nice to hear, but it’s purely because I am self-taught and have never had any help production-wise, so I actually don’t know if I’m explaining things right half the time, but they seem to work ok haha. I went travelling when I was 21 and I bought a MacBook and Reason 4. I travelled South East Asia and Australia learning to make music via YouTube, when I could find WiFi that is. When I came home, I was home for about 2 or 3 months and managed to bag a release! That was my debut release and was premiered by Pete Tong – you couldn’t write it!
What are your top 3 go to plug-ins?
I love the Arturia plug-ins, they are so well-made and easy to use, and sound as close to the real thing as you are going to get. My favourites are The Mini Moog V3, The Oberheim SEM V3 and I also love the Korg Monopoly or the Korg Polysix.
Take us through a day in your life when you are not gigging.
Usually resting, just lately I’ve been so busy and the logistics have a been a nightmare but I’ve been dedicated to making sure I can do as many shows as I can for all sorts of reasons, but mainly because I love it. I’m only getting in the studio 2 or 3 times a week at the moment and not for that long, but I guess that’s a good thing! I’ve been trying to do a bit of exercise and be a bit healthier too lately as this job doesn’t really cater for good health!
Your label, Resonance Records, has some of the boldest artwork in the industry. What gave you the idea for the visual theme of the label?
Well Kate Philipson is the wonder woman behind our artwork, she goes by @leapordslunch on Instagram so check her out! She has been a friend of mine for a long time and it’s easy to see that she is a very talented girl. Times were hard and I couldn’t afford artwork for the label so I was doing it myself and the minute I had enough money to ask her to start doing it I did.
It’s one thing I am very proud of about the label and I think that sometimes, even though it’s silent, it can make more noise than the records!
At what point in your career did you decide to launch your own imprint?
6 months in hahaha. Only God knows how I managed that.
You have listed the likes of Jamie Jones, Leftwing & Kody, wAFF, Solardo and others as peers that you draw inspiration from. What new comers should Tech House enthusiasts be keeping an eye out for over the next year?
I would say to keep your eyes open for George Smeddles who is now my partner at Resonance Records. He makes outstanding music and has a real sound of his own which is what I love the most. He also a huge release with us in September…
For those not lucky enough to be in San Diego on September 8th, where can they catch you playing over the next few months?
I have a huge number of gigs coming up, too many to mention but I will be up and down the UK as normal, over in Europe, the US, Mexico, Brazil and lots more before the year is out.