A prolific year for Max Chapman, 2016 has seen a string of success for the DJ beginning with the release of his debut LP album on label Mad Tech, followed by a number of international performances in which he showcased his unique across a host of exotic countries. The past Saturday, Max exchanged the sunny South-American shows for a local performance at Switch in Southampton as part of the Soundclash Festival afterparty. We caught up with Max after the show and asked him a few questions to get a glimpse of the man behind the music.
Q. 2016 has been a successful year for you, with 6 of your top selling tracks having come since January. What do you attribute this to? Have you changed something in the process of creating your music?
A. I’ve been lucky enough to play on some great line-ups and in some great venues. I never take for granted what I listen to and often take on board what’s going on around me. Tech-House is certainly very popular at the moment, so I’m just working on hard in the studio on producing as best as I can.
Q. Your track ‘Body Jack’ reached the overall Beatport #1 earlier this month, as well as #1 on the Tech House chart. You’re still currently #6 on the Tech House Charts & #24 on the Beatport chart – with that in mind, what would you say is your biggest career success to date?
A. I’m still amazed that my track ‘Body Jack’ got to number one on both charts! I’m forever grateful for the support I received and am still buzzing that it’s so high up in the charts. That and releasing my debut album are definitely career highlights so far…
Q. You’ve performed 62 gigs to date this year – that’s quite a heavy workload. What does Max Chapman like to do in his down time?
A. I spend as much time as I can in the studio, it doesn’t really feel like work as I love doing what I do so much. I spend a lot of time on the road, so it’s nice to chill at home and produce as much music as I can.
Q. What is your favourite country to perform?
A. Most places go off with a bang, I’m lucky enough to play some great gigs, whether it’s a tiny sweaty club or a big festival. I loved playing at Lost Beach in Ecuador, it was my first Boiler Room set and the whole experience was amazing.
Q. If you retired tomorrow, where would you live and what would you spend the remainder of your life doing?
A. I’ve lived in Australia before and I’ve got friends over there, so I guess I’d go down under. I’m visiting Aus in October for a couple of gigs actually, looking forward to that.
Q. A lot of people talk about the creative process when making music – what’s yours?
A. It’s no secret that I love a good vocal, so if I find the right one the rest of the track tends to fill out around that. Finding the right one is the hard part – you can write a track in just a few hours if you’ve got a great hook.
Q. What made you want to start DJing in the first place? Was it something you’d always dreamed to do as a teen?
A. I’ve always been fascinated by music and I get such a buzz from mixing live. I guess it started from casual playing and then I took it on full-time and now here we are!
Q. What profession other than your own would you be interested in doing if you weren’t a DJ?
A. Music is my life, and I’m living the dream at the moment, so I haven’t really thought about doing anything else!
Q. If you could work with any musician dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
A. That’s such a hard question to answer, but I’d love to get an original James Brown or Prince vocal to put on one of my productions.
Q. You’ve done 9 festivals this year, which was your favourite and are you hoping to beat that number in the following year?
A. I want to play as many gigs as possible, so fingers crossed I can beat 9! I remember having an amazing time at Forbidden Forest in Donnington, such a good atmosphere!
Q. Congratulations on the release of your debut LP! What’s next for you?
If you’d like to check out more of Max Chapman, his facebook can be found here, his twitter here and his music can be listened to here. Alternatively you can check out his 2 hour set in Ecuador below.