Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth, and childhood experience.
Maximilian Dalla-Santa, 1991, Sweden.
Artist’s Name: 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 to 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 Sweden’s 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 commercial success and more about 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 at 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 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 afterward.
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 us the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Don’t give up! Watch YouTube. Write poetry and ad chord progressions to them afterward.
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 by 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 have been the 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.