Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
Maximilian Dalla-Santa, 1991, Sweden. Artistname: Maximani.
Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
Started off as a producer who got into Electro House, learned how to DJ and then started gravitating towards pop more and more.
I come from a family which has always valued instrumental music that could actually be played live very highly.
It was hard for me to accept my love for the electronic part at first. It’s funny because I started off as 100% electronic but are slowly getting to a fresh mix between the two.
I started study music at Musikmakarna this year hoping to solidify my songwriting skills.
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
The concept of this song is not having enough roads to walk on when trying to clear things out with someone you love.
Clearly the people this song is about are drifting apart and would need to have all the time in the world to set things straight, while taking this ‘walk of a lifetime’.
It’s like my mix of bleeding feet, soar souls, love gone bad but with an uplifting production and vibe somehow.
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
I’m 26, studying the secrets of hit-making at Swedens finest school of songwriters and producers called ‘Musikmakarna’.
It’s fantastic getting thrown into that environment where you have nothing else to do but to share tips and tricks and sit endlessly in the studio.
The ups and downs we all face at some point could either be fuelling your songwriting or blocking your creativity; to me it’s different every time.
For me I’ve started to care less about the commercial success and more about the creative success, in other words being proud of your work and satisfied with your writing. For me personally that was a hard thing to do, and once you get the hang of it everything becomes easier, let go of your ego and do it for the music.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director and how the music video was shot.
It’s just me, and I haven’t made a video for it yet.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I started in the end of 2013, back then it was only electro house and tracks, I rarely wrote lyrics or vocal melodies,
things started to change gradually and now I’m always more concerned about the top line than the track.
But I guess that’s easy to say now that I’ve put in endless of hours learning how to produce/mix/master my ideas into fruition.
I can afford to stay focused on the topline now that I feel like the production is something I always have with me, thankfully.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Right now all my amazing up and coming songwriter friends are my main source of inspiration.
Also shout-out to Spotify Discovery Weekly who always comes up with what’s fresh and good.
Secrets to a hit are easier said than done. To me a good song could be played with just a singer and a piano/guitar, but that is counter-intuitive to how I myself work. I like to produce some kind of quirky beat with a simple chord progression and then start from there.
If I’m in a session with several others it’s easier to just go out and sit by the piano and sing together and making the beat afterwards.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
My number one tip which I’m not even following myself (yet) is writing lots of songs.
If you write 100+ songs a year then a handful has to be amazing. Also you become better much faster.
Think about balance, If you have complex melodies in the verse then it’s nice to fall back on something simple in the refrain and the other way around.
If you can sing your song with only a piano as your tool and you still think the refrain “lifts” (really feels like a great addition to the song) then you’ve got something good.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Help out your fellow up and coming artists!
Follow them and share their music, if you’re being supportive then you will get support back.
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Don’t give up! Watch YouTube. Write poetry and ad chord progressions to them afterwards.
Working with lyrics first is so cool and also the song rarely falls short on the lyric part that way.
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
It’s hard talking about your career like that without it sounding like a resume.
And since I don’t like that I can start off with saying that I haven’t really blown up in that way people might expect one too.
To me my local radio station and blog recognition has been my number one booster of my career.
P3 Stockholm, and blogs that write or say things about me and let my music get some airplay are very good to get fans that stick.
When a song smashes through Spotify it’s still not certain that you will get dedicated fans from it. So I’m aiming for the blogs and all passionate music lovers first.
List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
Radio so far for this track:
Spotify’s “New Music Friday” in three different countries.
Choice Radio Worcester
Live next week:
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
With my lyrics I always start off with the pre-chorus or chorus, Cause if you get that right it’s easy to talk about something that leads into it.
Other times I take a piece of poetry that I’ve written and see if there is something in there that I could add a chord progression to and start jamming.
To be totally honest those ways are awesome and all but what happens most of the time is that I start with producing a track
and I get inspired from that and start humming weird shit that I then try to add real lyrics too.
I’m trying though; to steer away from that because you can easily be locked down in a certain word that just don’t fit, and then you have a hard time moving on just because everything else sounds weird after enough of listening to it.
Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.
Tove Styrke – because her sound and her voice are the next big thing in my opinion. Ilya Salmanzadeh (hes not an artist though but he’s a producer/songwriter). James Blake – because he doesn’t give a damn about the rules set by most songwriters, it’s like he has no boundaries, so experimental.
Mord Fustang – my first big idol, the one who got me started with producing music in the first place. I listened to his ‘Electric Dream’ back in 2011 and I was hooked.
haha that was a weird combo, but I love all of them. Together they are the perfect human to me.
I wouldn’t want to combine them of course but they have different aspects from each other if you know what I mean.
Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
I have collaborated with ILY, she is such a cool person! And we wrote my last song ‘Slap In The Face’ together which she also sings on.
Also I’m so happy for her that right now as we speak she is climbing the charts on Spotify, she has like a million plays on a song she released not so long ago.
Lots of things happening for her and with OUT OF THIS WORLD music videos together with her songs.
Maline is an artist that I’ve been lucky to have written this song ‘Longer Road’ with.
She is a fantastic singer and I think she is one of the best topliner I know of that I’ve ever worked with.
I would love to work with her again of course!
If I could choose someone that I would like to work with then that would be ‘Blende’ or ‘Oliver Nelson’.
They are so cool and also have that funky vibe to them that I love.
Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.