Professional musician with 16+ years of performing and recording double bass and bass guitar, sound designing, composing and mixing audio.
- International performance career spanning over 16 years.
- Double bassist, bass guitarist and pianist.
- Multiple live performances on Later...With Jools Holland.
- Toured the world playing original music, in cities such as Vancouver, Melbourne and Guadalajara.
- Performed at venues such as the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.
- Composed for my own contemporary Jazz ensembles Orbital and Partikel as well as my electo-acoustic project Million Square.
- Extensive experience recording in studios such as Metropolis Studios, Real World and RAK Studios.
- Experienced in recording music in Pro Tools and Ableton.
- Composing and arranging for small and large ensembles.
- Using modular synthesisers and other experimental studio equipment.
- Combining acoustic and electronic sounds.
- Max Luthert - Orbital (Whirlwind Recordings 2014).
- Million Square – Between Suns (Self Released 2018), Spirit Bloom (Self Released 2020), Seeps a Light (Self Released 2020).
- Partikel – Partikel (FIRE 2010), Cohesion (Whirlwind Recordings 2011), String Theory (Whirlwind Recordings 2015), Counteraction (Whirlwind Recordings 2017).
- Zara McFarlane – If You Knew Her (Brownswood 2014), Arise (Brownswood 2017).
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Interview with Max Luthert
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver tracks that won't need any editing.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Will double bass work on this track? My answer is often yes but it may need adapting!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That bass can only be a static part of a track.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Is there a bass line you like and feel might be appropriate as a reference?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The clearer the concept you have before contacting the easier the process is.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Creating the latest EP with my project Million Square as it feels closer to what I'm hearing.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Creating some solo double bass music.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: George Colligan
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Either is fine :)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That every day is different.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. My double bass 2. My Fender Precision 3. Yusef Lateef's "Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns" 4. Metronome 5. Wayne Shorter's "Beyond the Sound Barrier"
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began playing music at 14 and have been touring the world for over 10 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Wayne Shorter because he's the best.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Cut before you boost :)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work in improvised music and electronic music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my feel.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring years of recording and performance experience. I am also a composer so have a very strong idea of how to shape a bass line to help build the track. My focus is always on tone and feel and to make the bass line fit around the melody and other instruments in the track.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to chat to the client to make sure we're on the same page in terms of feel and vibe. From there I record a number of variations of a bass line, ranging from simple and clean to more embellished versions of the same bass line with different feels and approaches.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a condenser microphone that I run through a MOTU 1248 interface and record in to Pro Tools or Ableton depending on the session. I also have a Fender Precision and modular eurorack that I record through the same interface and mix within the DAWs.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The musicians that inspire me most are Paul Chambers, Larry Grenadier, Pino Palladino and Bootsy Collins.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do is recording upright bass and bass guitar. The genres vary greatly but the majority of my work is in the jazz and singer-songwriter realms.