Since moving to New York and attending a top music school in Manhattan, I have quickly ascended the ranks at two high level music studios in New York. I have experience producing for and mixing tracks for artists with a combined 70K followers. I have also released three of my own songs totaling about 35K streams.
Max Faigen grew up in a small town outside of Boston, MA, he found his passion for music by picking up Drums at the young age of 10 and by the time he turned 14 he went deep into the production, engineering and mixing end of the music industry.
Max left Massachusetts to pursue a music degree at the New School for Jazz and contemporary music and continues to produce and engineer for multiple New York rappers, singers and instrumentalists. By the age of 19 he assembled a Hip-Hop collective that performed countless NYC venues which included SOBs, The Knitting Factory, and The Bitter End.
Max has worked at high profile studios such as Flux Studios in downtown Manhattan and currently resides at Moon Recording in Brooklyn. He continues at the age of 21 to work with numerous recording artists such as R1llyr1l, Amanda Barise, Idris Fredricks, DP.$oul, and the list continues. Max’s production covers a wide array of genres from Hip-Hop, RnB to Jazz and Soul.
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Interview with Max Faigen
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I produced and recorded a single with a singer named Amanda Barise which I believe I did a very good job on. It’s some of my favorite mixing.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have been working on my debut project and am setting it for release soon!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I haven’t looked into it enough.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, the only way for me to afford a full studio setup in my apartment is digital. Analog isn’t really a viable option for me.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I always promise to fulfill their vision.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the freedom and I love completing people’s visions I also love meeting new musicians and learning about them.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long does it take you to make a beat? I find this to be a pretty trivial question as it really depends on what I’m going for. Sometimes 20 mins and other times upwards of 5 hours it really depends.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That producers aren’t musicians.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your vision? Who are the artists you compare yourself to? What is your timeline? Where is the project landing?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: go In prepared to answer questions. Know exactly what you want. But also be prepared to compromise not everything is possible.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Monitors, microphone, midi controller, laptop, interface
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began playing drums at age 10 and continued to do that passionately until I reached high school when I wanted to expand my musical experience so I began producing then after high school I moved to NYC to go to school for music. I then built my home studio and have built my own hip hop collective and I find my client list expanding every day.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: It’s very hard to pinpoint my style I tend not to stick to genre boundaries but I guess I would describe it as a fusion between old school hip hop, trap and rnb.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love the chance to work with action Bronson and the alchemist. That pairing has always inspired me and was a huge reason I got into producing music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: never make a type beat you can be influenced by different artists but you should never just make the same old stuff that sounds exactly like beats already made.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly different kinds of hip hop and neo soul tracks but lately I’ve been diving in on rnb.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Beat making has always been my strongest skill, but mixing is pretty close.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I always like to bring my individual sound and flare to my music without over crowding the artists vision. I always strive to be different.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I typically like to relax and get to know an artist before I begin working with them I will then start to get a feel for what they are looking for and from there I would start crafted the song constantly taking input the whole time from either the artist or my other peers.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a decked out apartment studio with monitors, and a sound proofed vocal booth in a large closet. I also love with two other musicians and have all the musical instruments you could think of.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kenny beats has been a huge inspiration to me as he has transformed the game for producers in bringing them to the forefront of the music industry. Also my teacher Hank Shocklee has been a huge inspiration for me as well he has lots of industry experience that has guided me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: In studio personal sessions starting with making beats from scratch then recording song and finally mixing the created track.