312 – Max MacVeety: Music as Social Movement, Earning His Place in the Hip Hop World, Touring with Karl Denson, Running a One-Stop Shop Studio
With a drumming pedigree from Berklee and a musical ethos from the eclectic creative community in The Berkshires where he grew up, Max MacVeety has been embedded in the LA scene, specifically Long Beach, for over a decade. He has toured and recorded with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Lyrics Born, DJ Williams, and many others. Prior to that, he was based in Oakland, primarily riding the drum chair for seminal west coast hip hop group Crown City Rockers. He also helms his own studio, Bunkhouse Recordings, where he does drum tracking, mixing, producing, and artist development.
In this episode, Max talks about:
- The unique experience of growing up in the Berkshires where his father was a musician
- How studying jazz and world music at Berklee made him turn to more socially conscious types of music
- How he overcame imposter syndrome in the hip hop world
- Oakland’s rich history and thriving creative community
- The various musical cultures and subcultures of L.A.
- How he uses Tik Tok
- His experience playing with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
- His studio, Bunkhouse Recordings, and the blurred lines between engineering, mixing, producing, etc.
Max endorses Bosphorus Cymbals and Mono Cases