"A truly talented young songwriter, singer & multi-instrumentalist" - Eliot Kennedy

Past Shots Part Five

This week’s Past Shots; Max and a fan at a show in Killamarsh, Sheffield.

“This was sent to me by someone who joked that I was being swamped by groupies. The lady was a lovely audience member at a gig I did with the EKSA in Killamarsh, Sheffield.”

Past Shots Part Four

More Past Shots – Max playing Stevie Wonder’s ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ in sheffield.

“Taken from the audience at the ‘Maida Vale Bar’ in Sheffield I was performing Stevie Wonder’s track, ‘Isn’t She Lovely’. The audience member who posted the photo on FaceBook said it took her weeks to find out who I was, because the promo ad at the bar just said Max.”

‘Obvious’ video still part 1

“A lot of the video for Obvious was filmed outside so running to different locations in the rain was the main challenge of the day.” – Max

Here’s a glimpse behind the scenes of the video for ‘Obvious’, set for release early next year.

Past Shots Part Three

Another Past Shots, and here Max is rehearsing new Gary Barlow songs for a charity show.

“Rehearsing with Eliot Kennedy & Jim Jawardena, at the Steelworks Studios in Sheffield. The gig was in aid of a charity in Dinnington and featured for the first time, new songs Eliot and Gary Barlow have written for their new Broadway Musical, ‘Finding Neverland.'”

Past Shots Part Two

In the the latest Past Shots, here’s Max with two fans at a show dedicated to his schoolmate Jessica Ennis. Check it out here.

“This is taken from a gig in honour and support of Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis during the 2012 Olympics at the now demolished Don Valley Stadium. Jessica and I went to the same school.”

Max Playlists – Part 1: ‘Songs I Wish I’d Written’

With more cover versions on the way, Max has rounded up the tracks and artists that set the bar for him as a musician.

Click here for Max’s ‘Songs I Wish I’d Written’ playlist.

Here’s Max on his choices.

Supertramp – ‘Logical Song’ “My favourite sax solo of all time.”
ELO – ‘Strange Magic’ “Just a beautiful melody.”
Michael Jackson – ‘Heal the World’ “Love the sentiment and meaning.”
Madness – ‘Baggy Trousers’ “Really funny lyrics.”
Stevie Wonder – ‘Sir Duke’ “You can sing the Chorus perfectly by the middle of the song, so catchy…”
Sting – ‘Every Little Thing She Does’ “I love Sting’s repetition. The more he sings a line the better it gets.”
Brook Brothers – ‘Warpaint’ “Sentimental song. It was my favourite song growing up.”
Noel Gallagher – ‘Death Of You And Me’ “The best song from the last High Flying Birds album.”
Michael Jackson – ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ “My favourite Jackson song!”
The Foundations – ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ “Classic song. Everyone’s favourite.”

Past Shots Part One

In the first of an occasional series, check out a shot of a very young Max, already a dab hand on the Sax, here.

“This image is taken from a Active 8Magazine article I featured in 2006, aged 9. They recently did an update on my progress in 2014 and discussed recent work I did on the Gary Barlow single.”

Olly Murs ‘Wrapped Up’

Click here for the first in a series of cover versions – Max’s multi-instrumental take on Olly Murs’ ‘Wrapped Up’. Here’s Max on the tune.

“I’m a big fan of Olly Murs, loved working with him at BBC Radio 2s big band show in Leeds for Children In Need, where I played sax.”

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