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.

The John Lindberg Trio – Straight From The Heart – New Album Out Now

Since 2006 the John Lindberg Trio from Sweden have released an amazing seven albums. The last four have made it into the top 5 of the Swedish album charts and the band have seen a huge increase in popularity around the globe.

They have recently released a brand new album called: Straight From The Heart  a future Rockabilly classic. They also have a new member of the band with Nathanael Marcusson joining as the bassist!

A thing we certainly like about the band is the fact that they are truly a modern Rockabilly band. JLT are not stuck in the same old rut that many Rockabilly acts fall into and have taken on other influences.

Certainly a band to watch out for !! Some excellent Rockin’ music comes out of Scandinavia. Other names to look out for include The Hub Caps and Joakim Tinderholt.

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