The talented and intensely creative songwriter Max Malcon made his debut in early 2023 with the single "Late Night" through KMR Studios in Uppsala. The piece showcases his creativity, playfulness, and deep understanding of rhythmic elements.
"I write music to express emotions, and that can result in a gentle piano ballad or a catchy pop song."
A strong music memory
When we asked Max about his strongest music memory, he replied: "I was about 6 years old, sitting in the car with my parents. My dad puts in a CD he got from his guitar teacher. That's when I hear 'Stairway to Heaven' by Led Zeppelin and 'Hotel California' by Eagles for the first time. I had never heard anything like it, and I was hooked immediately. It led to me learning them on guitar when I was 8 or 9 years old."
Max's talent for playing guitar at such an early age can be heard in his debut single. But the young songwriter's talents don't stop there. He plays, spreads, sings, and produces his own music. It's worth mentioning that his interest in music started before discovering the guitar. Max received his first instrument at the age of 3, a ukulele!
A home filled with music
"I have always had melodies and song ideas popping into my head throughout my life, so it came very naturally to create something of my own. I started playing guitar when I was 6, and when I learned songs, I always put my own twist on the arrangement. As I grew older, my interest in creating a full song grew. Music has always been in my home; for as long as I can remember, I've felt the music in my body. Since dancing wasn't my thing and a flyswatter was within reach, it became a great 'guitar.' My parents understood what my thing was, and I got my first ukulele at the age of three."
Defining Max's music within a specific category or genre is difficult as he has spent a lot of time cultivating his own style, blending and mixing various genres. There is always an ambition for Max to make the arrangements of his songs interesting, so even if you remove the vocals, it would still be exciting to listen to.
"For me, it's important that you can listen to the instrumental version of the song and feel that the music itself tells a story. When the vocals are added, it takes it to a new level. Much of this probably comes from my mom, who has danced at a high level. Seeing her connection to the music and how she moves depending on what's happening in the song musically."
Max is currently focused on continuing to write and share music on his journey to being able to work full-time with music in Sweden.