Max Herman

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Max Herman
Background information
Birth nameMax Gerald Myer Benjamin Herman
Born (1984-08-02) 2 August 1984 (age 35)
Cambridge, England
GenresCinemactic, Classical, Soul, RnB, HipHop, Jazz, Pop
Occupation(s)Record Producer, Composer Songwriter
InstrumentsKeyboards, Piano, Synths
Years active2002–present
Associated actsThe Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ennio Morricone, Hamza Hawsawi, Jay Sean, Sarkodie, Walter Mair, Karl Wolf, Paloma Faith, VV Brown, Ayia Gold, Eternal, Unklejam, The Saturdays, The 411 and others

Max Gerald Myer Benjamin Herman (born 2 August 1984) is a British composer, music producer and songwriter. He has composed, written and produced music for multi-platinum artists, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, films and major sport opening ceremonies. Herman's works are notable for integrating piano, electronic sounds, synth percussive sounds, soundscapes and beats with traditional orchestral instruments. Max has produced hit records for various artists at studios such as; Abbey Road, Air Studios, Metropolis Studios, Strong Room Studios, Sarm Music Village and Katara Studios.[1]

Early life[edit]

Max was born in Cambridge, United Kingdom. As a young child, Max focused on the piano and composition. Max moved to London as a student, where he attended Westminster University. During his time in London, The Royal College of Music invited Herman to compose and to have his work performed by opera singers and instrumentalists at the Britten Theatre Kensington, London.

Live performances[edit]

Max began his career in the professional music industry performing on the Piano, Keyboard and Synthesis in 2001, for artists such as Lemar Obika, George Benson, Sam Moore and others. Max can be seen briefly playing the keyboards at The Royal Albert Hall where Lemar performed with George Benson to celebrate his lifetime achievement award.[2]

Max has performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Earls Court Arena and most recently at the Autism Rocks Arena with artist Hamza Hawsawi (X Factor winner) for the opening act of Justin Bieber on his Purpose World Tour 2017.[3]

Film composer[edit]

In 2005 film composer Rupert Gregson-Williams was looking for an assistant on the DreamWorks animation Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and asked Max if he would be interested.[4] Max went on to learn music composition and music production from Rupert Gregson-Williams and Hans Zimmer[5] Since then, Max has scored movies, TV series and advertisements.

Some notable works:

Adidas Y3 Yohji Yamamoto|山本 耀司|Yamamoto Yōji in October 2016 commissioned Max's piece Nuclear Fission for the Y-3 SPORT | The Future of Sportswear A/W16 Campaign.[incomprehensible][6] The campaign was released globally.

In May 2017, Max was asked to produce the movie score alongside composer Walter Mair for the feature film 3 Way Junction performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios[7]

Record producer[edit]

As a record producer, Max has collaborated with artists such as; Jay Sean, Karl Wolf, Ennio Morricone, Paloma Faith, The Saturdays, Eternal, VV Brown, Karl Wolf, Carl Douglas, Hamza Hawsawi (The X Factor winner)[8] and others.[9]

Max opened his first commercial recording studio at Metropolis Studios in September 2015 which he co-owned for 8 months until moving to Trevor Horn's Sarm West Studios in July 2016.[9]

Some notable songs include;

  • "Yalla Asia" feat Jay Sean, Karl Wolf and Radhika. Yalla Asia was selected as the theme song for the Asian Football Cup in 2011 with over 1,000,000 combined streams in the first week of its release on YouTube.
  • "Golden Rules" performed by The Saturdays peaked at No. 2 in the UK (Official Charts Company), No. 1 in Scotland (Official Charts Company), No 6 in Europe (European Hot 100 Singles), Number 4 in Ireland (IRMA) as the B-Side to the CD single "Just Cant get Enough" for comic relief. Certified Gold: 284,472 units and sold over 100,000 units in its first week of release.[10]
  • "Love a Little" performed by Hamza Hawsawsi as his first single after winning the X Factor.
  • "Find You" performed by Hamza Hawsawsi as his third single.[11]

Opening ceremonies and major sporting events[edit]

The Grand Opening Ceremony of the King Abdullah Sports City nicknamed the Shining Jewel took place in Saudi Arabia in May 2014. Max composed and produced the music for the spectacle. The ceremony lasted an hour and a half and ended with one of the world's most extravagant firework displays. More than 84,115 diverse fans filled the stadium, over occupying the stadium's capacity of 62,241. It was considered to be one of the greatest sporting events in the history of Saudi Arabia. The ceremony was attended by HH King Abdullah ibn Abdilazīz, along with Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and The Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.[12]

"Yalla Asia" The Asian Football Confederation, Doha/Qatar. For marketing of the event, the organisers opted for the slogan "Yalla Asia" with a song sung by international artists.

Select discography[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Talent Role No. of works composed/produced
2005 Zoltan The Great Robert Samuels Pulse Films UK, Max Herman Studios Starring Saeed Jaffrey Composer 15
The Curse of The Were-Rabbit Steve Box/Nick Park Hans Zimmer, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Aardman Animations USA, Abbey Road Studios, Air Studios, Starring Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter Assistant Composer n/a
2006 Over The Hedge Tim Johnson/Karey Kirkpatrick Rupert Gregson-Williams DreamWorks Animation, Paramount Pictures USA, Abbey Road Studios Starring Bruce Willis, Steve Carell, William Shatner, Wanda Sykes, Nick Nolte Assistant Composer n/a
Stand Together (SINGLE) n/a London Urban Collective Red N Pink Composer/Producer 1
2007 Maude James Hughes BBC Films UK, Max Herman Studios Starring Susannah York and Kenji Watanabe Composer 10
The Green Fairy Alex Kalymnious British Council UK, Max Herman Studios Starring Anna Andresen, Martin Behrman Composer 12
2008 Charmer/Pot of Gold (SINGLE) Return of The Fighter Musik Mosaik, Max Herman Studios Carl Douglas, Sly and Robbie Music Producer/Programmer/Mixer "Charmer", Mix Engineer "Pot of Gold" 2
2009 Golden Rules (SINGLE) Comic Relief Universal Music Group/Fascination Records UK, Strongroom Studios The Saturdays Music Producer/Instrumentalist/Programmer/Co-writer 1
2010 Writers Block Autumn Devitri Altered Reality Films USA, Max Herman Studios Starring Carlos Ramirez Composer 7
After Effects Mark One Mark One Group UK, Max Herman Studios Starring Holli Dempsey Composer 9
Flora (SINGLE) Ennio Morricone Universal Music Group, Universal Music Studios Starring Katherine Sayles Vocal Producer 1
2011 Yalla Asia (SINGLE) Jelle Posthuma/Zoul Projects Miloco Studios, London, Asian Football Confederation (AFC) QATAR Jay Sean, Karl Wolf and Radhika Vekaria Co-writer/Composer/Music Producer/Instrumentalist/Programmer 1
Vacuus Vos Virgin Galactic Air Studios Angela Molineux Co-writer/Composer/Music Producer/Instrumentalist/Programmer 1
2014 Altered Reality Autumn Devitri Altered Reality Films USA, Max Herman Studios Starring Rachele Brooke Smith, Julia Montgomery, James Kyson, Mark Sherman Composer/Conductor 15
The HOA Matthew Cole Weiss Axial Pictures USA, Max Herman Studios Starring Cheri Oteri, Riley Smith, Horatio Sanz, Malek Hanna Composer 7
King Abdullah Sports City Olivier Ferracci Max Herman Dubai Studios Saudi Aramco Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sports City, Jeddah/Opening Ceremony Composer/Conductor/Orchestrator/Co-Mixer 8 used 10 composed
2015 Separation Autumn Devitri Altered Reality Films USA Starring TBC Composer TBC
2016 "Nuclear Fission" Adidas Y3 Sarm Music Village, Red Earth Studios Advertisement Composer 1
"Dreams" EP Sarm Music Village Self Release EP Composer, Music Producer, Writer, Artist 3
2017 "Love a Little" (SINGLE) X Factor (WINNER) Metropolis Studios, Max Herman Studios Hamza Hawsawi Music Producer/Composer/Co-Writer/Instrumentalist/Co-Mixer 1
To Make Heaven Weep Spencer Jay Kim Benaroya Pictures/Post Industrial Productions USA Cast TBC Music Producer, Music Supervisor TBC
Eagle River David Thomas Post Industrial Productions USA Cast TBC Composer TBC
3 Way Junction Juergen Bollmeyer Abbey Road Studios Walter Mair (composer), Max Herman (Music Producer) performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Starring Tom Sturridge, Tommy Flanagan, Stacy Martin Music Producer, Executive Music Producer 32
The Highest (Album) Sarkodie Sarm Music Village Big Narstie, Victoria Kimani, Moelogo, Suli Breaks, Korede Bello, Praiz, Yung L, Joey B, Jesse Jagz, Flavour, Bobii Lewis Mastering/Producer 19
2018 Introspection (E.P.) Max Herman Sarm Music Village, Metropolis Studios Max Herman, Aaron Horn Writer/Composer/Music Producer/Instrumentalist/Programmer/Mixer, Artist 3
Find You (SINGLE) Hamza Hawsawi Metropolis Studios Hamza Hawsawi (X Factor Winner) Co-writer/Composer/Music Producer/Instrumentalist/Programmer/Co-Mixer 1
2019 Unbroken (SINGLE) Max Herman Metropolis Studios Max Herman, Tom Moth (Harp) (Florence + Machine), Gillian Wood (Cello), Drew Campbell (Bass) Composer/Producer, Artist 1
Blue Skies (SINGLE) Ayia Gold Metropolis Studios Ayia Gold Co-writer/Composer/Music Producer/Instrumentalist/Programmer/Co-Mixer 1



For charitable organisations Max composed the music for The Hunting Moon a fund raising internet viral for the charities Malaria No More and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, filmed by Director Robert Samuels.[15][16]

Mark One Group and the UK-based charity Help Harry Help Others asked Max to compose "Harry's Theme", the true story about a young boy named Harry Moseley and how he laid the foundations for his charity Help Harry Help Others. Consequently, the charity has now raised over £650,000 for brain cancer research.[17]


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