Electro WOW caught up with Max Tani, a multitalented producer, with a strong passion for music. He’s one of those artists that eat, sleep and breathe music, and I believe it was a very interesting interview to share with you. His latest album entitled ‘Max’s Tap Dancing’ became a hit in the early 2000’s and it’s nice to know that he’s still promoting this Electronica/Synth gem.
1 – Where did the name Max Tani come from?
I have several artist names depending on the kind of music I make, and all my names (except “Max The Tape Recorder”) have something to do with my legal name; In this case “Tani” means “valley” in Japanese which replaces my last name “Lavallée” in French;
I remember that when choosing the name I wanted to call myself “Max Tanima” which also means “valley” in Japanese, but a friend of mine told me that it’s also slang for a woman’s “in-between breasts” so, I went with “Tani” instead… 😉
(Though she said it would’ve been a good way for people to remember the name ahah!)
2 – You work with a lot of synthesizers. How would you describe your sound?
Actually there’s quite many different kinds of music on this album, for the ones who like a bit of everything; It regroups mostly melodic instrumental pieces I made during the early 2000 years, but the link between them is that they were all made using synths only, nothing recorded with a microphone.
3 – What instruments and software do you use to produce music?
Old gear mostly, like the classic Korg O1/W with its integrated 16-track sequencer, very famous in the 90’s, or simply a Yamaha tone generator attached to a MIDI controller keyboard, and the well known “Fruity Loops” for beats on some of the tracks.
4 – Your album ‘Max’s Tap Dancing’ came out in 2012. Where did the inspiration for the album come from?
Well it actually came out in 2005 on my website, but decided to make it available on the major digital distribution services such as iTunes, Spotify etc… in 2012;
The inspiration came from many different things, like the track “Techno Tap Dancing no.2” for an example, I did in 1997 a personal marathon where I would compose and record 1 totally new instrumental piece every day for 15 days in a row using the O1/W synth and its multitrack sequencer;
So one of the pieces that came out of that marathon was simply called “Techno Tap Dancing” because the main sound I used for the melody was called something like “Tap dance” on the synth;
However it didn’t really sound like real tap dance (which is ok, one can use his imagination), but it gave me the idea of doing a new piece that would actually be closer to what the title suggests, hence the “no.2” in the new one;
It gave a soft techno piece which, to my surprise, was selling quite a lot on iTunes and other digital retailers with no advertising whatsoever (probably a DJ somewhere played it and the people liked it? It’s impossible for me to say), so I decided to start promoting this album more for that;
Some of the other pieces on the album are popular too, like “By the sea”, “Follow the leader”, “Ode to France” (which was inspired by a trip to that country with the youth symphony orchestra I was part of at the time), also “Angry” etc…
I think all the pieces have a little something. 😉
5 – Apart from promoting your album, what have you been up to over the last few months?
I have a new album under “Max Valley” which mostly contains love songs in the pop, soft-rock, ballad and dance genres, and am working on the 6th “Max The Tape Recorder” album.
6 – Did you find yourself in the commercial or underground world of electronic music? Why?
I’d say more in the underground world since I’m an independent artist not signed under a major label, however “Techno Tap Dancing no.2” began to have an interesting amount of sales in the major digital retailers without actually knowing why, again was it a DJ who played it somewhere, or maybe people simply searched for tap dancing music and found my piece?
It’s difficult to say but I surely won’t complain! 😉
But I think it’s a good piece, very cute.
7 – Have you ever produced music for films or video games?
No, not really; I already work on several album projects at the same time and it’s enough for me at the moment.
8 – Do you have Facebook, Twitter or a Website? Please tell us how can we contact you.
Official website: www.maxsongsclub.com
Facebook artist page: www.facebook.com/maxsongsclub
9 – Have you ever remixed a song?
Yep, but not from that album, I remixed 2 songs from the “Max Ai” album and made them available on a one-sided 3-track colored vinyl record; The remixes are “What can make you love me” and “LML (ÉCOK)”, and added a bonus song unavailable anywhere else.
10 – If you were not making music, what do you think you would be doing career-wise?
It’s my passion since I’m a toddler. (Though I have been a part-time sound engineer for other artists, which is also music related.) I have 10 albums so far under various names, and am working on new songs and instrumental pieces. 🙂 But as for the Max Tani album people can listen to it for free on Spotify:
Discovering Lucii’s Musical Journey And Her New Song “Narcissist”
In this exclusive interview, Lucii shares more about her journey as a musician, the meaning and inspiration behind her new single “Narcissist,” and her plans for the future, including incorporating a live band into her performances and releasing a new album.
1 — How did you first become interested in music and what led you to pursue it as a career?
So I always sang and made songs on guitar as I was growing up but never thought I was good enough. I went to a rave at 17 and really loved it so I started DJing and producing and started to use my vocals on my tracks and it turned into a career!
2 — As a member of the LGBTQ community, how do you feel your identity influences your songs?
I feel like Idk I just write songs about girls, but I think cause I’m female writing about a female gives this extra sparkle of divine femininity.
3 — How do you aim to use your artistic platform to uplift and inspire others in the community?
I just want to make people feel something, music is a form of expression sometimes easier than talking. Mac Miller helped so much with my mental health and I just wanna be that to someone. Make people not feel alone, especially the LGBTQ community.
4 — Please tell us more about the meaning and inspiration behind your new single “Narcissist.”
I was in therapy and was describing this person to my therapist and she said (her name is Andrea and I shout her out in the song) “well that person sounds like a Narcissist” I NEVER heard of that word in my life so I started writing that night “you’re a Narcissist says my therapist” and that’s how it came about. I just wanted an angry song about a Narcissist so I made it.
Probably “thank god for Andrea I should send the bill to ya for all the times I’m in the chair wondering how I got here” Andrea is my therapist and I just think that’s a BA.
6 — How has your experience been as an electronic music producer and how has that influenced your shift into the Pop genre?
I feel like it influenced my Pop music a lot because I want my songs to have energy even if they’re sad, I want that emotional wave rollercoaster to feel like dance music gives.
7 — Are you planning to incorporate a live band into your performances?
YES!! I cannot wait to start playing with my band. I can’t wait to be closer to my audience and just play my songs, that is my dream and I can’t wait to do that soon hehe.
Details on the upcoming album will be announced soon.
9 — What message would you like to send to aspiring LGBTQ musicians looking to break into the industry?
I would say just fucking go for it we NEED you. Look at fletcher she is breaking boundaries right now she is a full-on amazing Pop star and watching her grow has just been so inspiring and made me realize I can do this, I can make the move from being a DJ to being a live performance act.
10 — How do you see your music evolving in the future?
I see myself going through eras, I really love how Taylor Swift each of her albums feel like a chapter to read from ‘1989’ to ‘REPUTATION’ and OMG ‘Folklore.’ All of them are AMAZING but I just want to give that feeling with every one of my albums, as you listen to it and you’re transported back in time to a feeling.
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Exploring An Experimental Album With XENOBYT — Interview
Are you a fan of electronic music with a hint of nostalgia and horror? Look no further, as XENOBYT‘s new album ‘Nine Nights In The House Of Harrow’ is exactly what you’ve been searching for. In this exclusive interview, the up-and-coming artist gives you an inside look at the inspiration and creative process behind his original work.
1 — How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?
I try to make music that people can vibe to. Something you can put on and get lost in while driving or doing something mundane. There is something fascinating about using a synthesizer, which for a long time was considered the sound of the future, but using it to make music that reminds us of the past. I like to think that if you like Horror and synth music and enjoy the groove of the song over the technicality of what’s played, you would enjoy what I am trying to do here.
2 — Which artists are you most influenced by?
When I was younger, I was a huge Metalhead, but my dad was a big tech geek and loved messing around with a synthesizer and listened to a lot of Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder. So I had an early appreciation for it. I was big into Horror movies and really dug the soundtracks that John Carpenter was doing, and Brad Fiedel’s Terminator 2 soundtrack was another of my favorites. But I didn’t decide to start making this kind of music until I heard Carpenter Brut and Perturbator for the first time.
3 — What drew you to the experimental genre and what sets it apart from other electronic music styles?
I went to college for sound design, so I love taking a sound that people are familiar with and messing with it to make something completely new. And I try to incorporate that into my music in ways that aren’t done very often. Classifying yourself as experimental kind of takes the chains off and resets expectations of what your fans expect to hear when they listen to your music.
4 — What inspired the title of your new album ‘Nine Nights In The House Of Harrow’?
Usually, I come up with a simple horror theme for an album before I even start writing the songs for it. The last album, New Retro Witch, was about witchcraft and this album was about malevolent spirits. The concept of getting hired for a certain time to caretake a haunted mansion resonated with me and the things I had going on in my life at the time. I was facing a lot of old trauma I had buried and this concept paralleled with what I was dealing with in my own head, so I based the title of the album around that idea.
5 — How does this material differ from your previous works?
I wanted this album to be heavier than my last album from the start. I wanted to incorporate more Rock and Metal vibes into it but keep some of the same beauty and melancholy that I really liked about New Retro Witch.
Because of the more personal nature of this album, I didn’t really do any big collaborations on it, which is something I normally try to do.
6 — How long did it take you to complete this project?
I started working on this album in the Spring of 2021 and had 9 songs written for this album by the end of summer, but I wasn’t happy with it and scrapped all but 3 songs. I kind of fell into an artistic rut after that and sat on it until February of 2022 and wrote, mixed, and mastered the remainder of the album over the spring and summer.
7 — Could you tell us where ‘Nine Nights In The House Of Harrow’ was recorded?
I have my own recording studio here in Austin and I did all of the writing, mixing, and mastering for this album there.
8 — How did you approach the design of the artwork?
During that artistic rut I had mentioned earlier, I got really enthralled in AI Art Generation and went as far as learning how to and coding my own AI Art Generator. I made a bunch of stuff with it that actually helped inspire me to finish the album. While I am a big fan of collaborating with other artists, I was really proud of the fact I made this art-making machine and how it helped me get back on my grind. I wanted to showcase what it was capable of with this release.
“Deluge,” because there is a sad and dark story behind it. I suffer from depression and PTSD and had a bit of a mental breakdown last summer. That song was created live while I was in the midst of that breakdown. I felt like I was drowning, and I wanted the song to sound like I felt. But I also wrote the song I wanted to hear to feel better, and it worked. I still put it on when I am feeling depressed, and it still makes me feel better.
10 — Are you open to collaborations? If so, what are the requirements?
Absolutely! I am always open to collaborating with other artists. My only requirement is ensuring proper credit is given to everyone involved.
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Empowerment & Authenticity: An Interview With Tash Blake On “Mannequin”
With influences from icons like Madonna, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga, Tash Blake is not afraid to break boundaries and bring fresh energy to the music industry. Her debut single “Mannequin” carries a powerful message of rebellion and authenticity. Read the full interview here.
1 — First of all, what makes Tash Blake an artist?
I am constantly thinking about what is missing from the music/visual world and want to contribute my vision, writing, and voice to provide my personal expression in a way that may resonate with how others are feeling but may not be able to express.
2 — How do you combine your passion for dance and musical theatre into your current projects?
I always strive to incorporate choreography and dramatics into all my visual projects. Whether it’s through storytelling or fashion, my goal is to use body movement and character to elevate the art every time.
3 — Can you tell us more about the message behind your debut single “Mannequin”?
“Mannequin” is all about the types of language and power structures that demean and are used to control others and then the recognition and rebellion against them so as to take the power back from whoever or whatever has suppressed your power as a human being.
4 — In what ways does the music video enhance or support this message?
In the video, it was really important to me to feel powerful, sexy, confident, and badass.
5 — What did you enjoy the most about shooting these visuals?
I always adore expressing myself through dance and fashion, and I got to do both! Additionally, I love working in black and white imagery to highlight form and shape.
6 — Was it difficult to translate your personal experiences with manipulation and the pursuit of authenticity into the lyrics?
It was extremely easy to write about my experiences in the lyrics. I was beyond ready to talk about my past, operate in the present, reach for the future, and help others grab their power back.
7 — How does the influence of Madonna, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga manifest in your music style?
I have always adored the way these women didn’t play by the “rules.” They were always being themselves and consistently breaking boundaries. I like to be disruptive and break from the norm. Additionally, each of these women were incredible visionaries and performers, and I thoroughly want to bring that experience back to videos, music, and the stage in full force.
8 — Do you have any upcoming live performances scheduled?
I’m currently working on my live show and I’m so excited to share it with you. The stage is where I feel most at home.
9 — What are your most ambitious aspirations as an artist in 2023?
It’s a goal of mine to be playing at a festival this year like Tomorrowland! I would also be so grateful to perform at club venues and interact with and entertain fans.
10 — Finally, what will be your next song about?
I have always felt this deep desire and need for strong love even if it ends up hurting me, I’d rather feel something than feel nothing at all. “Inject Me” expresses exactly that. Throughout the song, I talk about performing and I pulled inspiration from both how I crave such an intense love before I die and how the industry can be a magical yet dark place where you can feel very loved, but overwhelmingly alone and I have always been fascinated by that contradiction.