Born and located in Athens, Greece. Max Million has been involved in numerous projects since 2006. Composer and sound designer, label manager at Audiomodern and Electronic activist since the new millennium, Max brings a fusion between breaks, glitch-hop and Post-Ambient/Alternative electronic Music.
So far he has produced EPs, participated on various label compilations including and performed in a dozen international music festivals including ‘La Machine’ du Moulin Rouge club in Paris. In 2014, he released his debut EP ‘Afterimages’ which received excellent feedback and he is following that up with the release of his brand new ‘Monogramma’ EP.
I always have a moment of caution when investigating new electronic music. Often I am presented with the four-to-the-flour EDM type of electronic music for dance floors or the esoteric, experimental and ambient sound designs purely made for headphones. In between these two extremes there is a lot of electronic-styled ground to cover – where pure genius programming meets mainstream catchiness. This is where you’ll find Max Million.
‘Monogramma’ isn’t too simplified, but it isn’t really over-complex either, either, and its’ definitely a step up from ‘Afterimages’. Here Max Million simply explores the physical properties of sound, especially those liminal points – where a sound moves across the traditionally policed categorical distinctions between melody, rhythm, and texture. We hear texture becoming rhythm and rhythm becoming melody. We experience the emotion of aural atmospheres and tonal shades – light and dark, soft and loud.
Describing his own music, Max says: “…my music explores a unique symbiosis of melodic acoustic and electronic sounds, atmospheric soundscapes, set to the backdrop of downtempo rhythms and sprinkled with optimism filtered melancholy.” This much is evident from “Stellar”, the opening track on ‘Monogramma’, and even more so, between the distinctive tracks – the deeply meandering “Oceanic” and the all-sweeping “Afterthought”.
Each song in this EP defines different moods, yet they manage to collaborate and make a recording that is consistent within. Listen closely to “We Eternal”, and you’ll understand what Max Million is all about: Simple, yet powerful composition of sounds, both organic and electronic that has its own beautiful rhythm which is so hard to find anywhere else.
You may think that beats are all the same when you hear them for the first time, but turn up the volume and you’ll notice that each note in each song is selected carefully by Max to complement each other. In a world composed of patterns, Max Million will help you discover something that’s hidden behind your daily perception.
Listening to Max Million’s catalog, his artistic trajectory makes sense, and gives credence to the notion that he is moving ahead to make sure his music will resound far beyond this current throwaway era. ‘Monogramma’ instantly displayed an evolved sense of composition, a greater confidence in terms of range and ambition, and is far more immediate than its predecessor.