Max Collins (musician)

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Max Collins
Collins in May 2012
Collins in May 2012
Background information
Birth nameJames Maxwell Stuart Collins
Born (1978-08-28) August 28, 1978 (age 42)
Occupation(s)Musician, producer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, bass, guitar, piano
Years active1995–present
Associated actsEve 6, Yakoo, Eleventeen, Brotherhood of Lost Dogs, The Sugi Tap, Puddle of Mudd, Emily Osment, Fitness, Chevy Mustang

James Maxwell Stuart "Max" Collins (born August 28, 1978) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and bassist of the alternative rock band Eve 6, which he co-founded with Jon Siebels. He launched a solo career in 2013 called Marms + The Car Deaths. He has other musical projects, including a band called Fitness, and more recently has created a singing germanic alter-ego called Chevy Mustang.[1]

Career[edit]

Max Collins (bass, lead vocals), Jon Siebels (guitar, backing vocals), and Nick Meyers (drums) formed the band formed in 1995 in La Crescenta, California first as Yakoo, then Eleventeen; the name Eve 6 was only adopted later. [1]

The band issued the self-titled Eve 6 in 1998, attaining platinum success with hit singles “Inside Out” and “Leech,” the former capturing the #1 spot on the Modern Rock charts and crossing over successfully to pop/Top 40 radio. More widespread recognition came with gold-selling sophomore effort Horrorscope (2000), which spawned radio gems “Promise,” “On the Roof Again” and Top 40 smash “Here's to the Night”.

From mid-2004 until May 2005, Collins performed in a band under the name Brotherhood of Lost Dogs with the drummer from Fountains of Wayne, Brian Young, and bassist Joe "Bass" Howard formerly of The Posies. They played live shows in the Los Angeles area and never released any recorded material. In June 2005, Collins began a new project, The Sugi Tap, with former band member in Eve 6, Tony Fagenson. In October 2007, The Sugi Tap was put on hold "indefinitely". The band had released an EP, formerly available at The Sugi Tap's website, but now only the album art of the EP and a link to Eve 6's Myspace page is available.

Collins primarily plays Fender Jazz Basses. As of October 2007, Eve 6 has officially stated that they are returning, minus Jon Siebels, who is currently replaced by a temporary guitarist, Matt Bair of "The Sequel". As of July 2011, Eve 6 has reunited completely, with all three original members returning.[2] Their fourth studio album Speak in Code was released on April 24, 2012.

In early 2013, Collins began a barrage of songwriting that launched his solo career effort. With the support of his fans, Collins fully funded his album "Honey From the Ice Box" in an online campaign through PledgeMusic.[3][4] On September 6, 2013, the digital version of the album released early for Max's PledgeMusic supporters.

In 2015, Collins collaborated with Pegboard Nerds, providing vocals for their track "Pink Cloud."

Collins started a new project with Eve 6 bandmate Ben Hilzinger and Kenny Carkeet of Awolnation called Fitness.

In 2020 Max Collins launched his alter-ego, "Chevy Mustang," a complex artist/self-styled guru with a germanic-sounding accent and a following of students whom he refers to as disciples.[5] Chevy Mustang's first single [6] was "Because I want to" - seemingly in response the limitations of the COVID restrictions. In June 2020, the next Chevy Mustang single, “Can I Be Your Friend” [7]featured Evan Rachel Wood and a version of this song became a birthday card option [8] on 31 August 2020 at Jib Jab.

Personal life[edit]

On July 21, 2007, Collins married Victoria Misirli. Collins announced the birth of his daughter Isla (pronounced eye-la) Elizabeth Collins who was born on July 11, 2014.[9] Collins' second daughter, Zia Victoria, was born on November 4, 2016.[10] He and Misirli separated in 2019. [11]

He is the nephew of actor Stephen Collins.[12]

In December of 2020, multiple media outlets took note of the fact that Collins had become a prolific poster to Eve 6's official Twitter account,[13] which was "quickly becoming a trove of internet comedy,"[14] including queries to various public figures asking if they "like the heart in a blender song,”[15][16][17][18] "choice tidbits ... about his fellow washed stars," and "generic observations about wallet chains, weight gain, and merch with palm trees on it, as well as a running bit about not knowing the difference between Vertical Horizon, Dishwalla, Matchbox 20, et al."[19] Loudwire crowned Collins the "new king of Twitter" and "the anti-Trapt of Twitter,"[20] the latter contrasting Collins' celebrated output with that of Trapt lead singer Chris Taylor Brown.

Discography[edit]

For Collins' work with Eve 6, see Eve 6 discography.

Studio albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://yorkcalling.co.uk/2020/06/26/video-chevy-mustang-evan-rachel-wood-can-i-be-your-friend/?fbclid=IwAR1ZJubdzlVQvmfvPRie3H2hYCbHlWeCCNAoYbJoP4pUtA-qxSNznFmTuJs
  2. ^ Bosso, Joe (March 22, 2012). "Interview: Eve 6's Max Collins on early success, reunion, new album Speak In Code".
  3. ^ "PledgeMusic: Max Collins". Archived from the original on July 26, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  4. ^ Eve 6's Max Collins world is on fire exclusive song premiere Billboard
  5. ^ https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/music/seven-worst-accidents-rock-history-buddy-holly-lynyrd-skynyrd-otis-redding-8020142
  6. ^ https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/music/seven-worst-accidents-rock-history-buddy-holly-lynyrd-skynyrd-otis-redding-8020142
  7. ^ "Chevy Mustang - Can I Be Your Friend ft. Evan Rachel Wood".
  8. ^ ""Can I Be Your Friend?" by Chevy Mustang - Shorty".
  9. ^ collins, philth (July 12, 2013). "I'm a Dad. Isla (eye-la) Elizabeth Collins. Born 11:44 pm 7-11-13. She's incredible".
  10. ^ "Victoria Collins on Instagram: "Sisters meet! Zia Victoria Collins born today 11-4-16 at 12:12am. 8 lbs and thriving. We are already home. ❤️"". Instagram.
  11. ^ https://www.spin.com/2020/12/eve-6-max-collins-interview/
  12. ^ https://twitter.com/StephenCollins/status/375433578516992000
  13. ^ Hudson, Alex (December 21, 2020). "Eve 6 Are Suddenly Relevant Again Thanks to Their Wild Twitter Account".
  14. ^ Caffrey, Dan (December 21, 2020). "We implore you to follow Eve 6 on Twitter".
  15. ^ Ehrlich, Brenna (December 22, 2020). "Eve 6 Wants to Know Whether You Like Their 'Heart in a Blender' Song".
  16. ^ Garro, Adrian (December 22, 2020). "Eve 6 is Turning Twitter Inside Out with '90s Rock Trash Talk & Endless Queries About 'The Heart in a Blender Song'".
  17. ^ Rosenbaum, Marty (December 23, 2020). "Eve 6 is on an epic Twitter tear, asking everyone if they like the 'heart in a blender' song".
  18. ^ Aniftos, Rania (December 23, 2020). "Eve 6 Wants to Know if Twitter Likes 'Inside Out'".
  19. ^ Deville, Chris (December 22, 2020). "Eve 6 Guy Is Spilling The '90s Alt-Rock Tea On Twitter".
  20. ^ Hartmann, Graham (December 22, 2020). "The Dude From Eve 6 Is the New King of Twitter".

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