Alright man, how about you tell us more about yourself?
Sure, my name is Max, and I am an 18-year-old DJ and Producer from Germany. I make Future House/Bounce music, but I try to implement elements of different styles as well, such as Dubstep, Future Bass or Hip-Hop.
Would you say that EDM is a lot more popular in Europe than it is in the States?
It definitely is! Even though the States have made progress in the EDM scene, a lot of it still comes from Europe and especially from the Netherlands. Just look at the Top 100 DJs, 65% is probably Dutch. But I would love to see more people getting into EDM, especially in the US!
Was there a particular event that made you get into EDM? A lot of people go to a rave and start dreaming of what it feels like being on the stage and not in the crowd.
I first got into EDM when a friend showed me “Animals” by Martin Garrix on his iPod back in 2013. From there on I was fascinated by that genre, and in 2016 I decided to try producing myself. Of course, I watch the live streams from Tomorrowland and Ultra. And like every DJ it is obviously my goal too, to play for that awesome crowd one day.
What digital audio workstation do you use? I’ve heard EDM producers love Ableton a lot.
I use Logic Pro X, as it runs very smooth even on my older Mac. Ableton would take me too long to get used to, and in the end, it is all about your creativity.
How do you create unique sounds? Do you use Omnisphere, Serum, or something similar?
I use Serum and Sylenth mostly. That unique sounds usually develops itself just by producing a lot and for a long time. I wouldn’t say I am there yet but just give some more tracks.
You also said you are a student. Does your hobby get in the way of studying or vice versa? How do you find time for music production?
Usually not, as I am in my final year and we get a lot of time off to “study.” Luckily school comes easy to me, and I don’t have to do much for it. However, I am working a part-time job in order to make some money on the side to buy new equipment for my studio or visit events like dance fair, for example. That sometimes gets a bit stressful, but I think I found the right balance.
Do you ever wish you could make music and perform full time? Or would you rather have a 9 to 5?
Of course, making music full time and playing shows is the next step. I am hoping to achieve that in the next 2 years. A 9 to 5 would make me sick in the long term.
A lot of entrepreneurs and artists talk about sacrifices you need to make to succeed. Have you ever missed a big party to stay in and work on your passion?
I don’t go out. I don’t drink. I don’t party. That may sound weird to some, but it just doesn’t make me happy. When I am not in school or making money at my part-time job, I am working on new music and my brand. That’s most fulfilling to me.
School is frustrating by itself, and then you also spend time producing. Do you ever feel burned out? How do you deal with that?
As I said I usually balance it all pretty well but of course sometimes there are days where I feel unhappy or depressed. Usually, I try to go for a run or do something completely different than music. That then inspires me again.
Any advice particularly to EDM producers? Maybe something unique that your typical hip-hop producer won’t know.
The EDM scene is all about connections. Go to events like Dancefair or ADE to meet other producers and connect with them. And if you are not from Europe, just connect with people online. However don’t just get in touch with people because you want to benefit from them. Offer them value, and eventually, it will come back to you. Just be kind and patient.
What are your plans for the future?
I want to release 6-8 tracks next year and get signed by a major label. Once I graduate in June, I plan on moving to the US for a couple of months to kick off my career in the States. I also want to get into playing shows and make “Futurenova” not only about music but also about other media sources such as film and voice. These are my long-term goals for the next years.
Where can people find you on social media?
I am active on Instagram and Twitter @futurenovamusic.
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