Max Turner (musician)

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Max Turner
Born (1980-01-24) 24 January 1980 (age 38)
Hamburg, Germany
GenresAlternative hiphop, rapping, electronic music, avant-garde music, spoken word
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, rapper
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizers, drum machine, guitar, laptop
Years active1999–present
LabelsVirgin, EMI, Skam, City Slang, Kitty-yo, Important Records, Kompakt, Tigerbeat6, Fun in the church, Gagarin Records, Tommy Boy, Vicious Circle Records, Novamute,
Associated actsFelix Kubin, Chilly Gonzales, Peaches, Puppetmastaz, Patric Catani, Christian Vogel, Kouhei Matsunaga, Gebrüder Teichmann, Angie Reed, Schneider TM, Cobra Killer,
WebsiteOfficial website

Max Turner (born 24 January 1980) is a Scottish-German vocalist, producer and songwriter. He is known for being one of the core founders and contributors of the Puppetmastaz.,[1] as well as releasing a steady flow of collaborative and solo projects in his distinctive style of rhythm & poetry since his debut on Felix Kubin's Gagarin Records in 2001[2]

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Turner was born in the hanseatic city of Hamburg[3] and began learning classical cello from an early age, later singing tenor in choir and picking up other instruments along the way. He was educated in english, worked in record shops, played vinyl in nightclubs as a teenager and briefly studied sound engineering before becoming a professional stage and recording artist. His family is prominent in modern dance; his grandmother was the choreographer Lola Rogge [4][5] while his father Peter Turner, a British journalist from Mumbai, founded a centre for the study of Tibetan Buddhism together with a number of Tibetan Lamas such as Geshe Rabten Rinpoche that influenced his upbringing.[6]

Career[edit]

In 1999 Turner moved to Berlin where he founded Puppetmastaz with his cousin Paul Pm and Canadian entertainer Chilly Gonzales[1] both of whom shared his passion for rap as well as for puppetry. They were joined by Taylor Savvy[7][8] to form the short lived rap-quartet The Bench[9] which featured on a Tommy Boy Records release among others. The album Lost Treasures[10] furthermore features early collaborations between the above mentioned Mc's and producers such as Patric Catani,[11][12] Bomb20 and Nitro, all of whom are considered the artistic bedrock of the Puppetmastaz crew. Other artists that Turner has collaborated with and who influenced him during his formative professional years in Berlin include Peaches [13] and Gina V. D'Orio of Cobrakiller[14] as well as Jamie Lidell[15] with whom he collaborated on [16] the Mocky produced Puppetmastaz single Scandalous.

Since leaving Berlin Turner has drifted between musical styles as much as he's shifted between worlds, living a semi-nomadic lifestyle while touring extensively with periods of up to a 100 shows per annum. Working with Producer Marcus Rossknecht[17] he founded the band Meteorites[18][19] in Barcelona and spent the best part of a decade in Spain where he signed to Cristian Vogel's Rise Robots Rise Records alongside Supercollider. His first solo album The purple pro, produced in Stockholm,[20] gained some underground recognition that garnered further momentum through a string of collaborative releases with producers such as SchneiderTM (on the album Zoomer) for Cityslang, Cristian Vogel[21] for Novamute and Matias Aguayo's De Papel[22] feat. Max Turner for Kompakt records.[23] He has also contributed vocals to several releases by Japanese sound artist Kouhei Matsunaga on labels such as Important Records, Wordsound and Autechre's Skam label under the alternative moniker Google Premiere;[24] together they have a side project named Internetmagic. Another frequent collaborator and long time artistic ally is Canadian director and fellow lyricist Adam Traynor who was also a key figure in later years of the Puppetmastaz.

In 2009 Turner left Europe to train in Carnatic singing in India,[25] exploring the subcontinent's heritage extensively while in cities such as Puducherry and Bengaluru, spending a significant time in his paternal family's hometown of Mumbai and subsequently settling in the subtropical mountains of Tamil Nadu, at Kodaikanal, where he founded a music production company. He started a live project called The Migrations[26] with several collaborators which contributed to the Boarder movement in Colombo, Sri Lanka while also performing in metropolitan cultural hubs of india.[25] He continues to study the Melakarta Raga system which was introduced to him by renowned south indian classical vocalist Prof. Dr. P.V Bose.

Since returning from a five-year sabbatical study period in India Turner has worked as an arranger, producer and songwriter for several projects including runway shows for Vivienne Westwood[27] whom he composed music and text for under the direction of Dominik Emrich for several seasons. While recording of new material is ongoing and music Production for Puppetmastaz and other collaborative efforts continue he is also touring with his new spectacle "The Max Turner show" which features a mixture of music, masks and live performance connected to a story line that features various Characters called "Nature Boy & the Egg of fire".

Discography[edit]

Solo / group releases[edit]

  • Cuckoo clock – Max Turner 2018 (7" Vinyl, Fun in the church)[28][29]
  • Can you not hear the Music – The Migrations 2018 (7" Vinyl, Fun in the church)[28]
  • Keep yo Animal – Puppetmastaz 2017 (Double 12" Vinyl, CD,Verycords / Shitkatapult)
  • Transform the waves – Meteorites 2014 (CD, Groovescript records)
  • The Break Up – Puppetmastaz 2009 (CD, Vinyl 12", Discograph)
  • Early reflections – Max Turner 2008 (CD, Metabooty)
  • Mephistopheles – Puppetmastaz 2008 (12" Vinyl, CD, Discograph) [30]
  • The Takeover – Puppetmastaz 2008 (12" Vinyl, CD / Double Vinyl – Discograph)
  • Reservoir Foxxin' / Scandalous – Puppetmastaz 2008 (12" Vinyl, Discograph)
  • Infinite 4x4 – Max Turner 2008 (7" Vinyl, Metabooty)
  • Oranges – Max Turner 2008 (7" Vinyl, Metabooty)
  • Reflections on liquid – Max Turner 2008 (CD, Metabooty)
  • Clones – Live in Berlin – Puppetmastaz 2007 (12" Vinyl, Vicious Circle)
  • Carousel of Souls – 2006 Various Artists (12" Vinyl, Rostron Records)
  • Creature Shock Radio – Puppetmastaz 2006 (12" Vinyl, Vicious Circle / Louisville)
  • Bigger the better – Puppetmastaz 2005 (12" Vinyl, CD Louisville, Vicious Circle) [31][32]
  • Do the swamp – Puppetmastaz 2005 (7" Vinyl, Def drive)
  • The purple pro – Max Turner 2005 (CD, Metabooty)[33]
  • Prosetti's Disco Balls – Puppetmastaz 2004 (12" Vinyl, PM01)
  • Creature Funk – Puppetmastaz 2003 (CD, 12" Vinyl, Virgin Labels / EMI)
  • Zoology – Puppetmastaz 2003 (CD, 12" Vinyl, Virgin Labels / EMI)
  • Dub the mighty dragon – Meteorites 2003 (CD, 12" Vinyl, Rise robots rise) records)[34]
  • Milkman 7" – 2003 Meteorites (7" Vinyl, Rise robots rise records)[35]
  • Radianations on the Rise – 2003 Supercollider (12" Vinyl, Rise robots rise Records)
  • Pet Sound – Puppetmastaz – 2002 (CD, 12" Vinyl, Virgin Labels / EMI)
  • Humans get all the credit – Puppetmastaz 2001 (CD/ 12" Vinyl, Newnoise records)
  • Matchbox Jump & Jeepbeats – 2001 (12" Vinyl, Gagarin records)

Features / collaborations[edit]

  • Lost on Earth – Gebrüder Teichmann, 2018 (CD, 12" VinylNoland Recs.) [36]
  • Yx yx aka 1ch aka solo – NHK, 2011 (Cd, Skam Records)
  • Self VA. – Kouhei Matsunaga, 2010 (Cd, Important Records)
  • Wear This World Out – Night of the Brain, 2007 (Cd, 12" Vinyl, Station 55 records)
  • Škoda Mluvit – SchneiderTM, 2006 (Cd, 12" Vinyl, Cityslang)
  • De Papel – Matias Aguayo, 2005 (Cd, 12" Vinyl Kompakt)
  • Station 55 – Cristian Vogel, 2005 (CD, 12" Vinyl, Novamute)
  • Voodoo Man Wear This World Out – Electronicat 2005 (Cd 12" Vinyl, Disko B)
  • Big c What's the Sp – Cristian Vogel 2004 (12" Vinyl, Mosquito recs.)
  • Special Gunpowder – DJ Rupture, 2004 (Cd, 12" Vinyl, Tigerbeat6)
  • Dem Nuh Know Me – DJ Rupture / Matt Shadetech, 2004 (12" Vinyl Shockout records)
  • Lost Treasures – Various artist, 2003 (Cd, Audio Chocolate)
  • Presidential suite – Chilly Gonzales, 2002 (CD, 12"Vinyl, Kitty yo)
  • Zoomer – SchneiderTM, 2002 (CD, 12" Vinyl, Cityslang)
  • Sick – Sneaker Pimps 2002 (CD, 12" Vinyl, Tommy Boy Records)
  • The third armpit – Cobrakiller, 2002 (Cd, Valve records)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Discography and History – Puppetmastaz Official Website". Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  2. ^ "GAGARIN RECORDS". gagarinrecords.com. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  3. ^ WORM (2018-08-29). "Max Turner". WORM. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  4. ^ "Lola Rogge Tanzschule". lolaroggeschule.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  5. ^ "Info Max Turner | Lola Rogge Tanzschule Hamburg". lolaroggeschule.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  6. ^ "Die Kraft im Lernen und im Tun – das Leben eines großen tibetischen Meisters" (in German). Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Chilly Gonzales – 1000 Faces". Retrieved 19 March 2018 – via Vimeo.
  8. ^ "Music – Chilly Gonzales". chillygonzales.com. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Hip Hop Core – Interview : Gonzales". hiphopcore.net (in French). Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Max Turner Collaborations on Richseam". richseam.com. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Ill Till w/ Xberg D6 Cru and Electronicat at Urban Spree Berlin / Friday, 08.04.2016". Digital in Berlin (in German). 5 March 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Interview: Patric Catani | LOCAL SUICIDE". www.localsuicide.com. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  13. ^ "No Piss, No Fun". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  14. ^ "Cobra Killer – The Third Armpit". discogs. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Nach Techno kommt Montag". De:Bug Magazin. 26 July 2005. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Discography, History, Collaborations – Puppetmastaz" (in German). Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  17. ^ Game Face (in German). Suct Verlag. 2003.
  18. ^ The Wire. C. Parker. 2005.
  19. ^ "The Max Turner Show Felix Kubin (DJ-Set) Josa Peit (live)" (in German). Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Max Turner". De:Bug Magazin. 10 February 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  21. ^ "cristian vogel official works and discography". no-future.com. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  22. ^ "De Papel – Matias Aguayo". matiasaguayo.com. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  23. ^ Are You Really Lost, retrieved 24 April 2018
  24. ^ "Max Turner". Border Movement. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  25. ^ a b Chakravorty, Sohini (2011-06-16). "Celebrating world music". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  26. ^ Arse Basterd (4 June 2012), Max Turner & the Migrations feat. Snuggles the Bunny – Bay of Bengal Blues (Midatlantic Rmx), retrieved 24 April 2018
  27. ^ VIVIENNE WESTWOOD AW 16/17 MAN by Dominik Emrich – Tribute to David Bowie – feat. Max Turner, retrieved 24 April 2018
  28. ^ a b Berlin, Fun in the Church c/o staatsakt., Erich-Weinert-Straße 57, 10439. "Fun in the Church - Outernational Music for Interplanetary People". funinthechurch.com. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  29. ^ "Cuckoo Clock\/Church Bells". staatsakt (in German). Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  30. ^ Puppetmastaz – Juno Records, retrieved 2018-10-11
  31. ^ "The Puppetmastaz - Bigger The Better". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  32. ^ "The Bigger the Better (Live) (Testo) - Puppetmastaz - MTV Testi e canzoni". MTV Testi e Canzoni (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  33. ^ "CD-Review: Max Turner – The purple pro". datenschmutz.blog | Ritchie Pettauer (in German). 29 November 2006. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  34. ^ "Meteorites Dub The Mighty Dragon". XLR8R. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  35. ^ "Meteorites". De:Bug Magazin. 29 August 2003. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  36. ^ "Gebruder Teichmann | ELECTRON UNLIMITED". www.electronunlimited.ch. Retrieved 20 June 2018.

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