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Max Graham || Interview by DJ EleMir || AfterMovie

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in news

Max Graham || Interview by DJ EleMir || AfterMovie

Interviewer – Mir “TranceAddict” Shoaib aka DJ EleMir

Interviewee – Max Graham


Mir – How did your love for trance start?

Max – Somewhere along the way when i discovered BT and Sasha, i wouldn’t say it’s a love fro trance as a love for music in general. I love Melody and Energy and although

that’s prominent in trance it’s also in lots of other styles too. As melody and emotion grab me the most i love anything with that which includes Trance, Classical, Drum and Bass,

Ambient, Downtempo, Progressive. The list goes on but it has to have melody and emotion.

Mir – What tips do you have for aspiring DJs and/or producers?

Max Aspiring Dj’s is a tough one as Djing has changed so much since i started, originally i would have said master the craft of combining two tracks to make something even better, like a great drum track

with a track that has a great bassline but maybe weak drums. Learn to program a long set and be patient with your hits, don’t give them what they want for a couple of hours and then the payoff is that much better. But alas things are diff now as most trance/prog tracks are designed to be played alone so the mixing is short and to the point. Today i would just suggest that younger djs try to look beyond the obvious tracks and develop their own sound. unfortunately most fans aren’t listening to how a young dj djs but rather what his production sounds like. So i guess that’s the second part. To a young DJ my advice would be to produce, and to a young producer it would be to be yourself, don’t be afraid to step outside what you think will do well or make it onto a radio show or beatport chart. Forge your own path, make what you love and find people who love it.


MirWho are some of your favorite artists? It can be any genre, past or present.

Max Sade, Etta James, Bjork, Zeppelin, Sasha and Digweed, BT, Gorecki, Hybrid… moving me right now in my scene are Protoculture, Steve Haines, Johan Malmgren, Juventa, Estiva, Future disciple. So much talent 🙂

Mir – What do you think of the current popularity of EDM? How do you think it affects the quality of the music?

Max Well it sucks to see some guys who make the music i want to play move to a diff sound but i respect their decision. The gigs i’ve had i play what i want and the crowd has been responsive

so it doesn’t affect me or my production/gigs.


Mir – Where do you see trance heading in 5 years?

Max Haha that famous question that everyone asks for some reason, no clue and that’s the best part.


Mir – What’s the craziest thing a fan has ever done to/for you?

Max When someone drives 13 hours i’m pretty blown away. I’ve had people give me drawings they’ve made that obviously took some serious effort. Pretty incredible.


Mir – What would you have done if you hadn’t become a DJ/Producer?

Max i wanted to be an architect, probably would have done that for sure had i not fallen into djing.


Mir – What are your thoughts on dubstep?

Max I have none.


Mir – What is your favorite city to play in?

Max Diff ones for Diff reasons, Buenos Aires comes to mind, they don’t face the dj, just 3k people who stay until 8am dancing and focusing only on the music. They are one of the most amazing crowds to play for and they completely leave you alone to play but listen to every beat you drop and react accordingly. it’s so fun to play there (link to live set recorded at pacha buenos aires for the article )


Mir – What’s your favorite drink?

Max Water closely followed by Beer / Wine and Gin Tonics 😀

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Max Graham | 09.07 | Houston

Posted by on Aug 11, 2012 in news

Max Graham | 09.07 | Houston

UPDATE: Max Graham Interview by DJ EleMir and the aftermovie


I listened to Max for the first time on a track I have yet to find again where someone said ‘house music’ and then the beat dropped. Mind you this was almost 7 years ago, kinda dating myself.

Max Graham needs no introduction, with Trance hits like “Sun in the Winter” and “Nothing Else Matters” and his legendary DJ sets he knows how to make, and play, records that get the dance floor moving.

In 2010 Max released the first artist album of his career entitled RADIO, This album spawned such hits as “Sun in the Winter” (feat. Neev Kennedy) and “Nothing Else Matters” (Feat Ana Criado) both strongly supported by Markus Schulz and Armin Van Buuren to name a few. To further this massive year, Max released Volume 2 in his successful Cycles compilation series, delivering a double cd of perfectly programmed melody, energy and emotion backed up by the newest addition to’s Progressive Station entitled “Cycles Radio”.

2011 saw this momentum continue with “So Caught Up” (feat Neev Kennedy) which has been a mainstay on all the big radio shows and a top ten seller on Beatport and his Late night stormer “F.Y.C” showing that even with the more sensitive vocal’s he’s been releasing he can still make a banger. This past year also saw him release Cycles3 (Double CD) and take Cycles Radio weekly (every Tuesday at 12noon eastern on the DI.FM DjMixes Channel) which has grown into an event with live twitter interaction and quite a loyal following.

2012 has seen the continued growth of his record label “Rebrand Records” as well as the increasing popularity of his radio show with thousands of downloads each week. He also continued the Vocal hit parade with a collaboration with Star Vocalist “Susana” entitled “Down to Nothing” and Trance top 10 single “Still There’s You” with “Jeza

Even though he’s considered a “Trance DJ” Max is never one to stick to a single style of easily marketable music, but rather follows his own path of finding great tracks from so many different genres. At one of his sets, you’ll hear House, Trance, Progressive and Techno, but if you let go and trust you’ll have the night of your life





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