An Interview With: Max Hixon

You may remember our features on British Vintage Artist Max Hixon’s single and album release. We recently caught up with Max to find out whats new…

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So can you tell us a bit about the Max Hixon story so far ?

Well I’ve been performing for a long time playing in function bands and solo around the UK and also aboard a cruise ship. I returned home from a contract and decided that I wanted to write some of my own original music after playing cover songs for so long.

I’d been lucky to of had some great Songwriting Tuition from BIMM in Manchester and a Berklee course online. I came up with about five new songs and dug out some of my earlier songwriting and recorded my own album.

I was then signed to Moondream Records who helped me to release the album and get established.I have since received a lot of praise and feedback from all over the music industry. Splinterwood Radio DJ, Stuart Everett has also been a huge help and has helped me get even more radio play including Splinterwood and the BBC Bernie Keith Show.

So What’s The Next Step ? 

Well I’ve learnt a lot from feedback and the my Lovesick Loverboy album. Im going to be trying out a few new sounds.

I intend to release more Singles & EP’s now rather than Albums which can take a long time to produce. I will also be playing with more “live” recording rather than multi-tracking.

The popularity of the Solo Guitar Singer has also  really risen in other genres and people have said they would like to see that in the Vintage scene.

As a Songwriter with your own original material could you tell us a bit about your songwriting process ?

I like to try out various different techniques all the time so my songs can sound different, sometimes is a melody first, sometimes a lyric or chords. I enjoy playing with chord sequences and I try to break away from the standard Rock N Roll or Rockabilly Sequences.

What artists are you listening to at the moment ? 

I’ve really enjoyed listening to Joe Jack Bands latest release. Always like a good Buddy Holly song or Dion. Pat Cappoci. Recently discovered John Lindberg Trio and the Ruby Records Releases are also pretty cool.

Caro Emerald – 2017 Emerald Island Tour

Caro Emerald has just announced her new  – ‘The Emerald Island Tour’. The 24 date tour starts up in Carlisle on March 28th 2017, ends over in Dublin on May 1st, and includes a spot in London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Speaking from the recording studio, where she is working on a new album, Caro said “A new year, new songs, a new show, a new tour. I can’t wait to come over to the UK again, I’m really looking forward to it, especially that dreamy Royal Albert Hall”.
Caro was recently on Ana Matronic’s BBC Radio 2 show, ‘New Year’s eve Party with Caro Emerald’. You can re-listen to the show here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b086dlg2#t16m10s

Tickets from gigasandtours.com / ticketmaster.co.uk 0844 811 0051 / 0844 826 2826.

Wed 05 Apr 2017 Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre Sold Out
Sol Fri 07 Apr 2017 Southend Cliffs Pavilion Sold Out
Sat 08 Apr 2017 Oxford New Theatre Sold Out
Sun 09 Apr 2017 Bristol Colston Hall Sold Out
Tue 11 Apr 2017 Milton Keynes Milton Keynes Theatre Sold Out
Wed 12 Apr 2017 London Royal Albert Hall Royal Albert Hall Sold Out
Fri 14 Apr 2017 Brighton Brighton Centre  
Sat 15 Apr 2017 Manchester Bridgewater Hall Sold Out
Sun 16 Apr 2017 Manchester Bridgewater Hall  
Tue 18 Apr 2017 Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre  
Wed 19 Apr 2017 Hull City Hall  
Fri 21 Apr 2017 Harrogate International Centre  
Sat 22 Apr 2017 Sheffield City Hall  
Mon 24 Apr 2017 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Sold Out
Tue 25 Apr 2017 Cambridge Corn Exchange Sold Out
Wed 26 Apr 2017 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall  
Fri 28 Apr 2017 Ipswich Regent Sold Out
Mon 1 May 2017 Dublin Olympia Theatre  

This summer Caro and her band will play three UK festivals – Hampton Court Festival, Love Supreme and Larmer Tree – as well as shows on the continent www.caroemerald.com/tour.

About Caro Emerald:

Since the release of her 2010 multi-platinum debut album ‘Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor’ Caro Emerald has fashioned her own niche. Gorgeous and stylish, Caro blends retro jazz with sampling and modern pop to create her signature sound.

The Jazz/pop singer’s albums, have been described as being ‘highly stylized nod to the big bands and jazz divas of the 40s and 50s’.

Everything about a Caro Emerald gig is cool” The Herald