10 Questions with ... Max Vangeli
January 27, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
1) Where are you from?
I live in Las Vegas.
2) How did you first get into DJ-ing, remixing and producing and how long ago was it?
I started in a rock band; I was the guitarist and I kind of got tired of dealing with everybody and arranging everybody together, so I figured I might as well form a one-man band. I guess and I just started doing it myself. I started DJ-ing in college and that's how it began for me. I'd say eight years ago, the rock stuff has been around for ages, but the electronica stuff has been the last seven or eight years.
3) You are signed to Size Records and you had a big song last year, "Last Night Changed It All." What can you tell us about that song?
It was one of my very few vocal records that I've done on Size. I decided to do something that blends a few things together. There ended up being a great reaction to that record and I was very happy with it, which was one of the main reasons I wanted to work with that vocalist again.
4) Do you remember where you were the first time you heard it on the radio?
I was at the gym when I heard it and it was very cool. I wasn't making it for the radio. I mainly make music for the underground, I use to at least, and it just happened to be a song that crossed over to radio. Musicall,y if you listen to it and take out the vocals it's a pretty hard record. It just worked out and I've heard it at the gym quite a few times. I been to a gym in Stockholm a few times and I realized after a while that they were just playing my music, which was kind of weird than I realized that front desk people recognized me.
5) Your new song is "You & Me." Originally the title was going to be longer, why did you shorten it from You & Me Against The World?"
I think because "Last Night Changed It All" was such a long title that I felt I needed to shrink it and thought going with just "You & Me" was more catchy.
6) You have done a number of remixes " -- Monday" by Steve Angello, "Move For Me" by Kaskade & deadmau5, Ellie Goulding "Starry Eyed," Swedish House Mafia "Save The World." Is there a favorite remix you've done too date?
My favorite remix is actually "The Island" by Pendulum that AN21 and I did. It's nice to hear people still playing it today. We did it in one night on our laptops.
7) You are getting ready to go out and tour the world. Australia and Indonesia are a few of the places your fans will be able to see and hear you. Where else are you touring?
The Asia/Australia tour starts next month, it's always great to get out there and tour; there are a lot of fans. I've been going to Australia for the past five to six years; it's always nice to go back there.
8) Aside from a single and a tour, what else can we expect from you in 2015?
I'm launching my own label in March and I'm going to start experimenting a little bit with new sounds. It's going to be exciting. The name of the label is No Face Records.
9) Why did you come up with the name No Face Records?
There's a long story behind it but the reason I like the name is because it really doesn't define any one specific genre of music, it doesn't have an identity. That's kind of what I want to do with my music in 2015.
10) You interact with a lot of fans via social media, you do something called Whatever Wednesdays. What's that all about?
So many people are constantly asking me questions that I set up a time on Wednesdays at 3p (PT) for 30 minutes where fans can ask me any question and I'll reply directly to them. It's a great way to interact with the fans and I get some very interesting questions.
1) If you weren't DJ-ing tonight and were going to go out to a club to see one DJ spin who would it be?
I would not go see a DJ spin if I had a day off, I would like to listen to something outside of a DJ. I would go see a band, probably an Alternative rock band.
2) Do you curl up with a good book or watch a lot of movies on the long flights?
I have probably seen every single movie you could possible think of. I love movies. It's a nice way to kill time on a plane.
3) In your career is there any artist or producer that you haven't worked with but would like to?
Yeah, there are always a lot of artists I'd like to work with, but I usually like to discover talent and to work with people that are not already well known. I think it's more fun that way. Everyone keeps asking me who the singer is on my last single because nobody can get a hold of her and that's the way I like to keep it.