Los Angeles based producer/composer since 1976, Max Vasquez is a multi-faceted and versatile artist specializing in Jazz, Electronica, Folk, Rock, Blues and Country. You can hear his work on Judging Amy and My Name Is Earl, among others. Check out www.facebook.com/maxxvaxxmusic for the full story...
Sounds Like: Miles Davis, Banco de Gaia
2006 Winner "Best Jazz Album of the Year" and "Best Lounge Artist of the Year" by The Los Angeles Music Awards!
A composer since 1978, Max embraces all styles of music with a keen instinct for the nuances of each genre he excels in. He is somewhere in the mosh pit shots from Penelope Spheeris' "Decline of Western Civilization- The Punk Years". In 1984, Jim the Poorman and Swedish Eagel played his demo tape on KROQ Legendary giant Doc Severinsen was amazed and encouraged him to pursue music upon having looked over Max's first orchestral jazz arrangement - Max was only sixteen when he wrote it! Max went on to play and study with Gary Foster, Clare Fischer, Freddie Hubbard, and even wrote for the Count Basie orchestra! Dick Grove School of Music and Berklee Music Institute educated, Max was among the first pioneers in MIDI and electronic music. An internship at Group IV Reording Studios led to working on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", The Abyss, and Back To The Future Pt 3 among many more sessions including Will Smith, Sly&Robbie, Joe Pass, Ray Brown, and Jon Hassell's Grammy nominated "Cityscapes". He has also performed with Oingo Boingo members, Mel E Mel&Whipple Whip(Grand Master Flash), The Jazz Crusaders' Stix Hooper and Joe Sample, War and tower of Power sidemen, etc. Manhattan Transfer comissioned one of his pieces. His song Jalapeno Girl is "Latin Lifestyles" theme song, along with a song on the pilot of "My Name Is Earl"(thank you Mr. Garcia!), and the Spearmint Rhino Amateur Stripper Competition on Pay-Per-View, and TV1 History Special. Max has written music for the indie film October 22(Jay Mohr, Amanda Plummer), The 1999 SuperBowl, Levar Burton's Reading Rainbow, and most recently "Judging Amy"(Amy Brenneman) on CBS, and "My Name Is Earl", on NBC, and "Robbie Knievel's Stunt Show" on A&E. His song Jalapeno Girl was chosen to be the theme song for "Latin Lifestyles" on UPN. On each piece he composes, the styles are as varied as Rock, Jazz, Electronica, Classical, Country and Latin. He's been seen on MTV's "Abducted", local cable shows in L.A. and had his own hit cult favorite radio show in Panama, Central America, where he took the opportunity to educate a new audience in electronic music. A master producer, he is skilled in ProTools, Cubase, Wavelab, Nuendo, Reason, and many others as well as running the boards and playing his heart out.
As a "Rave" performer and promoter he played to tens of thousands at a time in huge Dance events such as Narnia and We Are One, and was part of a collective called Moontribe. This group was famous for throwing full moon desert raves in the Mojave Desert every month for twelve straight years! He also recorded, performed with and mentored Carl A. Craig, Treavor Walton, Bassland and several gifted others, as he feels it is important to pass the torch to other dedicated young artists. His newest Boy Wonder is Tim White, and toghether they are "The Magnus Project". Their CD "Vintage Vibrations" will be out early next year.
His first release was on Priority Records' Vox Lumania "Luminescence" in 1994. He also released a few "white label" undergroung EPs for DJs in the Electronic Dance Movement of the 90s. "Pacific Rhythm" on Harthouse Records, Lord Runningclam's "Fun For The Whole Family" on Moonshine Records, Tribe Music.com's "Hell To Tha Heavens And Beyond" and Transition Music's Box Set enjoy his tracks and performances as well. His own releases can now be downloaded now on e-music and iTunes as well as many other download sites!
Now, as a music publisher he has been placing his songs on TV,etc on a regular basis. Ten other writers have recently joined Maxx Vaxx Music (BMI) and the catalog is adding up to almost 300 original compositions!
Born in East Los Angeles in 1963, Max Vasquez, the artist formerly known as Maxx Vaxx, continues to run his business not far from his birthplace, Montebello.