It's an attempt to distil emotion into sound. Max Cooper's techno ranges from stark electronica remixes of huge bands like Hot Chip and Au Revoir Simone to the fuzzy, buzzing dancefloor sound of his breakthrough "Serie" releases. But it's all, he says, inspired by his need to "match the emotions in the head with the emotion that can come out of the monitors".
That's why he put serious time into perfecting his own unique take on electronica. Before breaking through with the underground smash Harmonish Serie in early 2009 - a Raveline "heavy rotation" track and a top 5 vinyl hit in Germany - Max already had releases on more than 20 labels like Traum, Perc Trax, Autist, and veryverywrongindeed, and he'd been DJing for more than 10 years.
In fact he still holds down two of his earliest residencies - seven years each of roadtesting new material at two English clubs, Firefly and Stealth. But while he first DJed as a turntablist - influenced by hip-hop DJs like Craze and Q-bert - since those first steps into production in 2006, he's irresistibly moved toward a "less-is-more" approach to music.
It's a change also inspired by his day job: genetics. Max was studying science at university when he first started writing music, and for ten years he's kept up a parallel life in science alongside music. He took his PhD at the same time earning the label of "Future Hero" from Mixmag and appearing twice on the UK's biggest dance programs on Radio1. He then worked as a genetics researcher for University College London while he had his first top 10 Beatport minimal hit with "the Shufflebox EP" on Autist, and his first electronica top 5 with his remix of indie band Au Revoir Simone.
Read Max's full bio over here.