A truly talented young songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist

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.”

Any other tracks you’d like Max to cover? Let us know over on Facebook.

Active8 Magazine

A young musician who first picked up an accordion aged just four has gone on to play the instrument on a hit track by Gary Barlow.

Max Restaino was just nine when he was first featured in Active8 for his incredible prowess on a range of instruments. He came to the attention of Sheffield’s Grammy-award winning song writer and producer Eliot Kennedy and now, aged 18, is a student at Eliot’s Steelworks Studios’ academy.

Max played the accordion on Gary Barlow’s chart hit ‘Let Me Go’ and will also feature on 70s hearthrob Donny Osmond’s forthcoming album.

As well as also playing the sax, piano, and guitar, Max is a singer and songwriter. He is putting the final touches to his debut EP, building a fan base online, and developing himself as a producer.

The EP, as yet untitled, is due for release early next year and Steelworks is holding conversations with labels and investors. Max, who lives in Sheffield 8, said working at Steelworks, based in the city centre, was a great opportunity to develop his career.

During his 20-year career in the music industry, Eliot has worked with artists such
as Bryan Adams, The Spice Girls, Take That, Aretha Franklyn, Mary J Blige and Celine Dion, to name a few. More recently he has been involved with song writing and production on albums from The Wanted and Steps and had a major role in last year’s XFactor, as talent development producer.

Max said: “It’s been amazing. You can learn so much, even just by sitting in the studio and watching what’s going on. I’ve been doing a lot of gigs and done an acoustic tour in the local area which has given me experience of different audiences. I’m hoping I’ll be supporting on a tour at some point. Performance is a big thing for me but I also love the other side.”

Max was pictured playing the Italian folk accordion, a gift from his Italian grandmother, in Issue 40 of Active8, back in June, 2006.

Of his early display of talent, he said: “I don’t really remember it, but my mum said a song came on the radio and I was under the table playing it on the accordion. I was about four.”

Eliot said: “Max is an exceptional talent. The last few years have been about honing in on what he is as an artist. His song writing skills are amazing and he can play anything he puts his hands on. He is an amazing talent to watch for the future, no doubt.”


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MAX LIVE @EKSA TRAMLINES TOUR DATES:

MAX LIVE:
19TH THE BOAT INN, CROMFORD 21:00
20TH LIVE @ THE VERVE LEEDS TBC
21ST FROG & PARROT, SHEFFIELD 19:00
24TH THE FISHPOND, MATLOCK 21:00
25TH THE ACRE, SHEFFIELD 19:30
TRAMLINES:
26TH MOOR STAGE, SHEFFIELD 15:20
27TH THE WESTON PARK STAGE 12:15
27TH MAIDA VALE 14:00
POST TRAMLINES
28TH OPORTO, LEEDS 20:30