Keith Fredrickson and Daniel Kutcher

GSP #26: Interview with Max Christopher

GSP #26: Interview with Max Christopher

Getcha Some Productions Podcast Episode 26 ( A podcast covering all things related to music production: from the first note to the last fan and everything in between. Our mission is to create music and to inspire others to do the same. Not your typical podcast, each episode is a live business meeting. We are figuring out how to build a music production company (a media empire) as we go and listeners come along for the ride. This is an archive of our progress or lack thereof. This podcast is always candid and unrehearsed. In this episode we discuss: Special guest Max Christopher. This is our first interview and out second guest ever. Max is a fixture of the Music scene in the southern area of Brooklyn, NY. This is a close knit community. If you live here and don’t know someone directly you usually have heard of them or know someone who knows them. I praise Max for establishing the original Thursdays showcase and open mic which helped me get back into performing when I had fallen out of practice for many years. Max worked very hard to keep the original music showcase and open mic going for about five years which provided a wonderful environment for performers of all skill levels and styles to work on their craft. It was truly a labor of love and much appreciated. Max begins to tell his story about how he got into music way way back in the olden days as he described it. Back when people used to listen to vinyl records. And, back when people used to listen to the radio and wait to hear their favorite song to record it on tape decks. In those days you either had to like disco or rock. You had to pick a side, you couldn’t like both. Max’s brother Harry was in a rock ‘n’ roll band. Max was actually into disco at the time. He didn’t want to do what his brother was doing. He wanted to do his own thing. That all changed in approximately 1979 or 1980 when Max went to see his brother perform at the Sheepshead Bay high school battle of the bands. His brother’s band won and of course Max was very proud. The name of the band at the time was The Illusions. A few weeks or months later they won the Madison high school battle of the bands as well. They were a very good band. Max remembers that when the lead singer of that band came out on stage at that particular concert all the girls rushed to the front of the stage and threw roses at him. And it was that moment that Max stated that he wanted to be in that position. He wants people throwing roses at him. Interesting fact, Max never took a formal lesson in his entire life. Max and Harry have a middle brother who took piano lessons in the house. Amazingly, he actually saved up from working a job to buy a piano. Max learned some basic piano and theory from him. Max learned guitar from his brother Harry and from his best friend at the time. It was at this time that Max started listening to progressive rock, and heavy-metal. ACDC was considered heavy-metal at the time though. His best friend was introducing him to bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. I asked him what the first song was that he learned on guitar. He actually says that he started on bass because he thought it would be easier because it only had four strings and you only play one string of a time. He initially wanted to play drums but his mother wouldn’t buy him a drum set. Harry had basses around the house so he picked up one of those. His favorite band at the time we’re probably Yes and/or Rush. And he really wanted to play bass like that. He was a bass player through the 80s. But he did pick up acoustic guitar along the way. When Max first started wanting to be a pop-star as he says, his favorite artists were Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. So, I knew I was hearing a little bit of a funk and/or a little bit of soul in his voice at times on his record…even though it is...

Duration: 38 min

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