Two weeks ago Max Cooper blessed Trade with his 2nd ever appearance in Miami. He just wrapped up a North American tour in support of his newest album Emergence off of Mesh. His performance was live rather than a DJ set and featured absolutely stunning visuals with elements tied into the concepts behind the album. He masterfully blended ambience and dance music and kept the entire crowd mesmerized while also keeping them dancing. I was lucky enough to catch up with Max and talk about some of his philosophies behind his project amongst other topics:
Let’s start by talking about the American club music scene. How’s your experience been with it so far? Where is it lacking? Where is it progressing?
America is a big place so I can’t generalise too much. I’ve had a lot of great shows there though. Similarly to Europe it’s the big hub cities with the most varied populations and cultural influences which are my favourite places to play given the open mindedness of the audiences and the options that opens up musically. I think perhaps there’s some signs that the US scene electronic music scene is younger than that in Europe, with my US shows mainly being club-based, while in Europe I sometimes play sit down shows for older lovers of electronic music who are happy to listen to techno while seated!
What are your thoughts on Miami specifically?
I’ve only visited Miami twice, but I like the feeling there, it’s a lot looser than most other US cities! Later closing times, more relaxed on the rules and well set for a fun party.
Could you also talk about the remixes you had done for the remix album, how did you recruit and decide on who you wanted to feature? (The album features the likes of Rival Consoles, Christian Löffler, Ash Koosha and John Tejada)
That was easy, I just got in touch with all of my favourite artists and asked who was interested, luckily for me a lot of them were, and we managed to create an amazing compilation of 10 remixes which formed it’s own LP – there’s some amazing work on there, and a big variation in styles in fitting with my musical tastes, I’m really happy with how that worked out.
Keep an ear out for Max Cooper and songs off of his remix album on WVUM. Also give Emergence a listen if you haven’t done so already. Keep it locked.