Charlotte House Music Examiner (CHME) Interview with Max Vangeli
Most producers and DJ’s dream of having the quick rise to stardom Max Vangeli has obtained. But it wasn’t luck or inside connections that made is possible; it’s his ability to create music that rocks clubs around the world.
Max Vangeli’s European roots and production style reminiscent of San Francisco dance music power houses Kaskade and Miguel Migs makes him one of the most sought after producers on the dance music scene. Max Vangeli is making moves very quickly in his career, check out my recent chat with him.
Name: Max Vangeli
URL: www.myspace.com/maxvangeli & www.maxvangeli.com/main.html
City: San Francisco, CA by way of Moldova Eastern Europe
Years in the game: 4 and counting
A promise he made to himself: I’ll never work a typical job.
CHME: Who is Max Vangeli?
Max Vangeli: I was born in Eastern Europe and moved to the United States 14 years ago. My interest in club music came from Europe where I’d travel every summer. I got to know the scene and started DJ’n in college at University of California Santa Barbara. From there I moved to San Francisco where the dance music scene is strong thanks to many artists including Kaskade, Miguel Migs and others.
I was actually heavily into rock music prior to dance but it’s more difficult to get projects together because you have to rely on many elements (drummer, guitar player, ect.) dance music allows me to be a one man band. I always wanted to be on stage creating music so dance music was a natural fit for me.
CHME: Describe the Max Vangeli sound what makes it unique?
Max Vangeli: I have a European approach to music. I make music that is club oriented but with melodic influences sort of a soft touch but perfect for large club venues. Music that makes you want to dance. I’ve been working with the producer team the Swedish Alps Mafia which has shaped my sound tremendously.
CHME: Describe your first big break: what track was it, how was the feeling, ECT?
Max Vangeli: My first big break came from a track I did called Crazed. I sent it to Pete Tong, host of a UK online radio show who featured it on his show. The song was very well received and I was signed to Chris Lake’s Rising Music label in August 2008.
I was thrown in with big names right away pushing me forward quickly. The problem was that made me work extra hard because the expectation was high. But hearing my music on the radio made it all worth while. It’s an incredible feeling and at that point I knew I wanted to be apart of this industry.
CHME: 2009 was a big year for you having worked with Steve Angello, Kaskade and others. Tell me about the hits Move for Me, Monday remix and Fender Bender?
Max Vangeli: I was commissioned to do a remix of Kaskade’s song, Move for Me. I wanted to take the vocals and create something melodic that would play in large clubs around the world. The response has been great. It’s charted on beatport.com as well. The Monday remix has been my biggest break to this day.
I’m a huge fan of Steve Angello; the Swedish sound has always fascinated me. Monday is an amazing record and I knew I wanted to do something huge with it. It’s doing a lot of damage on the scene. I was actually doing work with Steve’s younger brother AN21 first who introduced me to Steve.
Fender Bender was supposed to be the second track released after Crazed. I kept tweaking it for two years on my hard drive. I wanted to add a little rock flair to it with strings and percussions. Once finished I shared with Stonebridge a legend in house music and he was amazed. He got the track signed with Armada records which is a great label. I’m happy that I waited so long to release it.
CHME: What would your ultimate gig would be?
Max Vangeli: Sensation White, one of the biggest events in the world. Everyone is wearing white there’s laser shows, it’s the ultimate dance party. I’ve watched it on television and was always fascinated.
CHME: What artist do you most want to work with?
Max Vangeli: I’m enjoying working with AN21 right now. Kaskade definitively, I’m a huge fan of his vocals they’re incredible. He’s one of the best I want to collaborate with him on more songs similar to Finally Found. I’m currently doing a track with Sandy Rivera as well.
CHME: Which hat is toughest to wear Producer or DJ? Which is the most rewarding?
Max Vangeli: DJ’n is the after party once the hard work is done. I prepare myself and have done over 50 shows a year but it’s the fun side. Producing is very hard work people don’t realize how hard it is to produce dance music. But the work is very rewarding. Nowadays, you have to be a good producer first to get your music out there. Just being a DJ is not enough.
CHME: Where do you see your career in 10 years?
Max Vangeli: Recording, getting into different genres of music. I want to be able to say I’ve worked with the greats in the industry collaborating with as many artists as possible. I love music in general so working with a variety of artists allows me to grow and learn more.
CHME: What can we look forward to hearing from Max Vangeli in 2010?
Max Vangeli: 2010 is gonna be a big year I’m really pushing the music forward focusing on more vocally oriented music. I’m working with American Idol contestant Frenchie Davis along side Steve Angello. I’ve got a few projects in the works with Australian producer Tommy Trash and just finished an Interscope records remix out this summer.
CHME: 3 things you can’t live without?
Max Vangeli: My studio, the internet and DJ’n.
CHME: Anything you’d like readers to know that I didn’t ask you?
Max Vangeli: You can catch me DJ’n in San Francisco at Vessel, Ruby Sky or a variety of venues at least once a month. I also have a podcast on iTunes that’s pretty cool music, interviews that kind of thing. I’m also looking at doing shows on the east coast NY, DC, and Miami at the Winter Music Conference.
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Anitra aka Golden Lady
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