Max Vasquez

Max Vasquez

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandJazzNew Age

Award winning artist/Composer/Producer since 1976

Biography

About Maxx Vaxx Music

Maxx Vaxx Music Publishing BMI/Maxx Vaxx Music Productions started in 1996 as a small publishing outlet for Max Vasquez to collect residuals on music he's licensed to films/TV/commercials. In 2006, MVM signed 15 writers to non-exclusive 5 years contracts to co-publish/admin their catalogs. Since then, MVM has grown into a one stop shop for licensing, online digital distribution, music business consultation, business/marketing/tour plan writing, music production services, online marketing, social media admin management, SEO & Website Development, and video production- with over 50 videos now on youtube in a year's time! MVM is owned by Max Vasquez of Los Angeles, CA.

About Max Vasquez

An Award Winning Composer(Los Angeles Music Awards Best Jazz Album and Best Lounge Artist 2006), since 1978, Max embraces all styles of music with a keen instinct for the nuances of each genre he excels in. At the age of nine, he performed with choirs, in musicals and plays, taught himself how to read and write music by the time he was 13, and by age 14 he worked professionally playing trumpet in horn sections of bands all over L.A. and bass with members of punk band Verbal Abuse, which was a favorite of Rodney Bingenheimer. He also played with Black Flag members Sam and Henry and met and hung out with The Doors Ray Manzarek and John Doe of X and many others at the Whiskey Agogo. He is somewhere in the mosh pit shots from Penelope Spheeris' "Decline of Western Civilization- The Punk Years". In 1984, Jim the Poorman Trenton and Swedish Eagel played his demo tape on KROQ when it was easier to give cool DJs your band's tape without needing to sign a mile of legal stuff!

Legendary giant Doc Severinsen was amazed and encouraged him to pursue music. Upon having looked over Max's first orchestral jazz arrangement for Big Band, it astounded him that Max was only sixteen when he wrote it and Doc encouraged him to pursue a career in music! With further training from some of the leading jazz educators/studiomen in Los Angeles, Max went on to play and study with Gary Foster, Clare Fischer, Alan Broadbent, Bobby Bradford, Freddie Hubbard, and even wrote for the Count Basie orchestra! Dick Grove School of Music and Berklee College of Music taught him greatly the art of recording engineering and writing/arranging, respectfully, and Max was among the first pioneers in MIDI and electronic music.

From 1982 to 1994, he performed with top Jazz group, "Water Colours", led by Jeff Stetson, playing in all the Jazz venues of the day. His performance strengths are trumpet, voice, keyboards, guitar, bass - and the studio, of course. 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, Tierra and Los Lobos sidemen, as well as Johnny Martinez(Celia Cruz), and Kingston Ducoeur(Seabiscuit). The list of luminaries Max has worked with is long and accomplished. Manhattan Transfer comissioned one of his pieces in the 80s.

In the 1990s Max enjoyed modest success as an Electronic Dance Music Live Artist and DJ internationally, having played his music in Latin Amearica, Asia and The U.S. As a member of Moontribe he has performed in the famous underground desert Raves on many occasions. Collaborative projects can be found with Treavor Walton on the album Luminescence (Priority Records) and Bassland, on Pacific Rhythm (Harthouse Records), and David DeLaski's Fun For The Whole Family (Moonshine Records).

The TV show, Byron Allen's "Latin Lifestyles" currently uses one of his pieces as its theme song. The biggest shows my music is on "My Name Is Earl"(thank you Mr. Garcia!), "Judging Amy", the 1999 Superbowl and the Spearmint Rhino Dance Competition on Pay-Per-View, and TV1 History Special. Many TV bumps and commercials, video games and ringtone contracts also keep things busy. Currently, Max is singing tenor vocals in several choirs including "The Randy Van Horne Singers"(The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons), and "The Encino Community Church Choir".

On the business end, Mr. Vasquez is writing business/marketing/tour plans for choice clients, including Atama Katama and The Kings Of Borneo from Malaysia for their 2011-12 U.S. Tour. Currently, Max produced and has released a Jeff Stetson album, "Cycle Of Life", for which he has set this profile up. Max Vasquez is also currently writing a novel based on his amazing adventures as a DJ in Latin America.

Discography

"The Escape" 1984
"The Stranger Within" 1985
"Dawning Of The Light Ages" 1988-2006
"New Clear Jazz!" 1989
"Luminescence" 1994 Priority Records
"Butterfly Garden" 1995-2005
"Pacific Rhythm" 1996 HartHouse Records
"Lord Runningclam-Fun For The Whole Family" 1997 Moonshine Records
"Hell To Tha Heavens and Beyond" 1997 Tribe Music Records
"Sound For Shadows" 2005
"Return of the Phoenix" 2005
"While The City Sleeps" 2005
"Beauty All Around" 2006
"Vintage Vibrations" 2006
"Cycle Of Life" 2010
"Infinite Bliss" 2010
"Dawning of The Light Ages II: Moment of The First Ray" 2011

Set List

This material includes a variety of EDM styles including House, Breakbeats, Trance & Down-Tempo. Currently we do no covers. Tiltles included:
Day In The Sun /
Groundbreak /
Poseidon’s Dream /
When The Feelin’s Right/
U Got 2 Know(featuring Jimmy Street & Jeff Stetson)/
Positively Beautiful/
Book of the Dead (featuring Kevin Leiba)/
Midnite Sunrise/
It Takes Time/
Night Sky/
MonaVie (Lungs of the Earth) /
Sound For The Future