Well connected Sheffield multi-instrumentalist turned singer-songwriter…
YOUR NAME: Max Restaino.
BAND NAME: Max.
WHAT DO YOU DO/PLAY? Piano, sax, guitar, accordion, harmonica, drums.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING MUSIC? Since I was about eight-years-old.
GIVE US 3 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TRACK DOWN, LISTEN AND DISCOVER YOUR MUSIC?
Because of the variety of instruments I play and the differences between each one, I am able to throw together different genres and sounds. I’ve written, produced and performed most of my own work, so there is only my input, and not a collaboration of ideas from others: “Too many chefs, spoil the broth.”
WHERE DO YOU SOUND BEST – FESTIVAL, CLUB, BEDROOM – OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
I’ve played in different types of venues, from studios, theatre, clubs, festivals and all the usual music venues, but I’ve also played on trains and buses, which are great fun to do. It adds an whole new skill set, because it’s not easy playing and singing on a moving stage! I am told that I sound better live. That is probably because of the adrenaline and the buzz from the audience.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST RECORD?
I was nine when I recorded my first CD in a studio. It was a CD containing 10 Italian folk covers/tracks. I performed them on the Italian Folk Accordion. I then went on to write and record my first song with the sax aged about ten. My first demo album was recorded when I was about 11, one of the songs from that, ‘Life is Real’, will be on my debut album and I still perform it today. It’s good to listen back to see how my music has evolved. Being in the studio from such a young age, helped me to learn how to produce, and I got to work and learn from some very talented producers. If I hadn’t have recorded a demo album at the age of 11, I wouldn’t have gone on to meet Eliot Kennedy (Spice Girls, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Take That etc). After hearing the demo album Eliot asked if I’d like to do an apprenticeship. I learned so much from Eliot and Jim at the Steelworks studios in Sheffield, and continue to learn from them today.
SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES RIGHT AND YOU’VE GOT A MANSION AND A SUPERMODEL GIRL/BOYFRIEND, WHAT WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL INDULGENCE?
I have always said that I will have the same car that I have now – but with good tyres and everything else that needs fixing on it.
SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG AND YOU’VE ACRIMONIOUSLY BROKEN UP CITING HUGE MUSICAL DIFFERENCES, WHAT DO YOU FALL BACK ON?
I have performed as a solo artist and with a band for years, and continue to work with different artists every week, music does that, it moves you from place to place and from person to person. It’s amazing how that happens. So hopefully there will always be music to make, play or produce.
PLEASE CITE SOME INTER-BAND MUSICAL DIFFERENCES …
You’ve got to be able to trust who you are working with before you share ideas, because unless you truly mean to share an idea, it’s best if you keep it to yourself.
WHO ARE YORKSHIRE’S FINEST IN CULTURE, SPORT AND MUSIC?
I went to the same school as Jessica Ennis and she has helped put Yorkshire on the map recently (we had the same maths teacher). For music the finest producers are Eliot Kennedy and Jim Jayawardena from the Steelworks studios in Sheffield. Between them they have, and continue to work with, some of the biggest names in showbusiness and the music industry
NAME YOUR SUPERGROUP – WHO’S PLAYING WHAT AND WHO’S ON VOCALS?
My supergroup is: Jeff Lynne (ELO) on vocals and guitar, Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) on keys, Paul McCartney on bass, Phil Collins on drums and Larry Van Kreidt (ex-bass player from AC/DC) on sax.
GO SEE THIS FILM: Mrs Doubtfire.
GO READ THIS BOOK: Happyslapped by a JellyFish by Karl Pilkington.
GREAT LOST BAND/ARTIST: Beach Boys.
WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT DEAD SUPPORTING: Music is art, just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean to say someone else wouldn’t.
LONDON, L.A OR LEEDS? Leeds.
For more info visit: facebook.com/maxrestainomusic