Max Graham

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Maximilian Graham
Max Graham
Max Graham
Background information
Birth nameMax Graham
Also known asShelter
Born (1971-04-17) April 17, 1971 (age 49)
London, England
OriginOttawa, Ontario, Canada
GenresProgressive house, techno, trance
Occupation(s)Disc jockey, Record producer, Remixer
InstrumentsPiano, Turntable
Years active1984–1985 (turntablist), 1993–present (DJ), 2000–present (Producer)
LabelsRe*brand Records, Cycles

Max Graham (/ˈɡr.əm/;[1] born April 17, 1971) is a British-Canadian DJ, composer and producer of dance music. Known for fusing progressive house, trance and techno he is most famous for his "Open to Close" DJ Sets (where he typically plays 6-8 hours),[2][3] his Cycles CD Series/Radio show as well as his remix of the classic song "Owner of a Lonely Heart" by Yes in 2005. He is also the founder of record labels Re*Brand and Cycles.[4]

Biography[edit]

Graham was born in London, England and lived in Spain, New York City and Los Angeles before settling in Ottawa, Canada in 1989. At age 15 in 1986, he began as a hip-hop DJ before discovering dance music in the 90’s.[5] He was the resident at the famed Atomic Nightclub in Ottawa from 97-01. He has been touring globally as a DJ and producing melodic dance music since 2000.

Career[edit]

1997-2001: Atomic nightclub, Hope Recordings[edit]

Graham was the resident at Atomic Nightclub in Ottawa from 1997 - 2001. After being discovered and signed to Hope Recordings [6] one of his first productions Airtight was noticed by Nick Warren and Paul Oakenfold in 2000. Oakenfold subsequently put two of Graham's tracks on his CD "Another World.[7] Tiesto also put Airtight on his "In Search of Sunrise 2" CD. That same year Airtight was nominated for a Juno Award.[8] He gained immediate acclaim and was voted #23 in the DJMag top 100 DJs for 2001 [9] and chosen to mix the famous "Transport" CD Series that year.[10]

2002-04: ShineMusic and the "sidechain" mixes[edit]

Graham created the "Shine" concept in 2002 which included a mix CD [11] a label (Shinemusic),[12] and club nights. 2004 Graham signed two singles to Sander Kleinenberg's label "Little Mountain" entitled "Does She Know Yet?" and "Automatic Weapon".[13] His remixes at the time went by the name "Max Graham's Sidechain mix" after the bass pad sound that was heavily sidechained in his tracks..[14] Included in these remixes was Guy Gerber's Stoppage Time released on John Digweed's Bedrock Label [15]

2005-06: Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Essential Mix[edit]

Graham produced a bootleg remix of Yes track "Owner of a Lonely Heart" which was played on Radio 1 and signed by Ministry of Sound and released globally. It reached #9 in the UK giving Graham his first Top Ten UK Hit.[16] During this same period Graham was signed to the Bullitt agency and released music on Deep Dish's Yoshitoshi Recordings, including the single "Crank".[17] 2006 saw him invited for his first Essential Mix.[18]

2008-10: Armada, Cycles and Radio (Artist album)[edit]

In 2008 Graham shifted to a more melodic sound and signed with Armada music. He began his CD series Cycles which released 8 compilations in the series featuring a selection of progressive and trance.[19] In 2010 he release his first artist album Radio.[20] which included collaborations with Jessica Riddle, Neev Kennedy, Ana Criado and Protoculture.

2011-14: Open To Close sets, Trance and The Evil ID[edit]

Graham released a new Cycles CD each year as a self proclaimed "snapshot" of his current DJ sound.[21] He also began touring exclusively playing "Open To Close" shows where he focused on a wide variety of genres and a true journey of music[22][2] Producing under his own name, he made singles "Sun In The Winter" [23] "Nothing Else Matters" [24] and the hit "The Evil ID" [25] which was championed by Armin Van Buuren at Tomorrowland.[26] Graham also performed regularly at A State Of Trance shows. [27] During that period Graham teamed up with Protoculture to release a string of singles and remixes including a remake of Grace "Not Over Yet" [28]

2015-17: Leaving Armada, Moving away from Trance. Changing sound[edit]

In 2015 Graham began to move away from trance due to the changing sound that no longer appealed to him[2] and left Armada, closing down his Rebrand label in the process.[29] His sound changed and he started the label Cycles with Blackhole Recordings. [30] This period saw more underground releases like "Redemption" [31] and "One Hundred" [32] and showcased deeper sounds such as the tracks "Argentina" [33] and "Sunrise in Flight".[34] He also collaborated with Estiva on the track "Generation" [35]

2017: The End of Cycles[edit]

In late 2017, Graham announced via Facebook that he was ending the weekly Cycles Radio episodes, and taking an extended break from touring and making music.[36]

2019: The Return[edit]

In 2019, Graham returned to the scene and announced via social media in August, that he is currently in the studio working on his second artist album, and relaunching Cycles Radio with a new monthly format.[37][38]

DJ[edit]

Graham is known mostly as a DJ for his open to close sets where he typically plays 6-8 hours.[3] He has performed on Above and Beyond's Group Therapy Radio (Multiple times),[39] Pete Tong's Essential Mix,[18] John Digweed's Transitions [40] and Armin's A State of Trance.[41] He's toured to over 75 countries and performed at such festivals as Ultra,[42] Tomorrowland [43] and Dance Valley [44] as well as performed at some of the most famed venues in the world including Ministry of Sound,[45] Pacha Ibiza, Ushuaia ibiza,[46] Twilo New York, Space Terrace Miami [47] and open to close sets at Cielo New York [48] and Output New York [49]

Producer[edit]

Graham's production varies in genre and has been at times hard to classify [50][51] Under his name he makes predominantly Progressive House and Progressive Trance while he also makes Techno under the alias Shelter.[52]

Label Owner[edit]

He has owned three record labels, ShineMusic, Rebrand Records and Cycles Music.[29] He also hosted Cycles Radio for 317 episodes [53] until it went on extended hiatus in late 2017. Graham resumed Cycles Radio in August 2019.[37]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Mix albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Remixes[edit]

  • 2000: Bullitt - Cried to Dream - Virgin Music
  • 2000: Starecase - Lost 22 - Hope Recordings
  • 2000: Subgod - Velodrome TV - Polyester
  • 2000: Vicious Cycles - Vicious Cycles - Platipus Records
  • 2001: Uberzone - Bounce - Astralwerks
  • 2001: Conjure One - Redemption - Nettwerk
  • 2001: globe - Can't Stop Fallin' In Love - Avex Trax
  • 2002: Conjure One - Sleep - Nettwerk
  • 2002: Cultivate - Broken Pieces - Lost Language
  • 2002: Barakka - Song to the Siren - Lost Language
  • 2003: Strawberry Fields - Release Records
  • 2004: Madoka - Afterburner - Private Reality
  • 2004: Jase From Outta Space - Do What You Want - Shine Music
  • 2004: Tilt - Twelve - Lost Language
  • 2004: DT8 Project - Winter - Data Records
  • 2005: Sam Perez - Across the Ocean - Yoshitoshi
  • 2005: Leah - Contact High - Wooden Records
  • 2006: Filterheadz - Endless Summer - Love Distortion
  • 2007: Purple Code - The Rising - Re*Brand Records
  • 2008: Marcus Schossow - Swedish Beatballs - Coldharbour
  • 2008: Jerome Isma - Vila Nova - Electric
  • 2010: tyDi Feat. Tanya Zygar - Half Light - AVA Recordings
  • 2010: Filo & Peri ft. Audrey Gallagher - This Night - VANDIT
  • 2011: Grace - Not Over Yet w/ Protoculture - Perfecto
  • 2011: Protoculture - Topaz - Re*Brand Records w/ Armada Music
  • 2012: Solarstone & Scott Bond - 3rd Earth - Captivating Sounds w/ Armada Music
  • 2013: Gabriel & Dresden ft. Neil Ormandy - Tomorrow Comes w/ Protoculture - Organized Nature w/ Armada Music

DJ Magazine Top 100 rankings[edit]

  • 2001: No. 23 (Debut)
  • 2002: No. 83
  • 2003: No. 56
  • 2004: No. 64
  • 2005: No. 96

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wells, John C. (2008), Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd ed.), Longman, p. 350, ISBN 9781405881180
  2. ^ a b c "Max Graham Talks The Evolution Of Trance And Compares EDM To Applesauc– iEDM". Iedm.com.
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  6. ^ "Bio - DJ Biography - Max Graham (Canada)". Indoclubbing.com.
  7. ^ "Paul Oakenfold - Perfecto Presents Another World". Discogs.com.
  8. ^ "2001 | Best Dance Recording | Max Graham". Junoawards.ca.
  9. ^ "DJ Mag TOP 100 DJ'S 2001". Electronicdancemusic.cz.
  10. ^ "Max Graham - Transport 4". Discogs.com.
  11. ^ "Max Graham looking to Shine with new Mix CD". Resident Advisor.
  12. ^ "Shinemusic". Discogs.com.
  13. ^ "Review: Max Graham - Automatic Weapon / Does She Know Yet". Resident Advisor.
  14. ^ "max graham sidechain mix - Google Search". Google.com.
  15. ^ "Guy Gerber - Stoppage Time (Max Graham Sidechain Mix) - Listen on Deezer". Deezer.com.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com.
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  18. ^ a b "Essential Mix - 2006-07-16 by Tracklist and Cuesheet - DJTracklists.com". Djtracklists.com.
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  24. ^ "Max Graham ft. Ana Criado - Nothing Else Matters (Official Music Video)". YouTube. 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
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  26. ^ "Armin van Buuren @ Tomorrowland 2013 (The Evil Id & Humming the Lights)". YouTube. 2013-10-24. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
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  32. ^ "Max Graham - One Hundred (Raw Mix) [Cycles". YouTube. 2015-11-09. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  33. ^ "Max Graham - Argentina [Cycles". YouTube. 2015-09-29. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  34. ^ "Max Graham - Sunrise In Flight [Cycles". YouTube. 2015-09-29. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  35. ^ "Max Graham & Estiva - Generation (Club Mix) [Cycles". YouTube. 2017-02-06. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  36. ^ "Max Graham - Hey Everyone. As you know from a previous..." Facebook.com. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
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  38. ^ [1][dead link]
  39. ^ "Group Therapy 217 with Above & Beyond and Max Graham". Soundcloud.com.
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  42. ^ "Ultra Music Festival announces amazing line-up". Resident Advisor.
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  53. ^ "@CyclesRadio". SoundCloud.com.

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