My Record Collection - July 15, 2019

My Record Collection by MAX
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My Record Collection by MAX

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of rising popstar MAX. Let's see what he offers up...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"This is Purple Rain by Prince. I still have the vinyl in my studio where we work. Prince is such a massive inspiration. Being the fun size guy I am, who loves r wearing women’s and men’s clothing, he’s especially a massive inspiration for me."

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"This would have to be Justified by Justin Timberlake. Justin made me feel proud to be a pop-loving singer and dancer and not ashamed of it being everything to me. I’m always producing to rep pop music with soul because of him."

 

The record I've played more than any other is…

"I'd have to say Sound And Color by Alabama Shakes. It’s timeless to me. It brings me to a special warm place with every listen. I’m sure it will still feel that way when I’m 94."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is… 

"Beyoncé's Lemonade. But, honestly, anything Beyoncé. It just makes me want to dance and gets me out of whatever crap mood I’m in."

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"Frank Ocean's Channel Orange. It inspires me with every listen. Gives me the power to fight for a theme for a song or album or visual when everyone maybe disbelieves in what I’m seeing. 'Super Rich Kids' is one of the best songs ever."

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is… 

"Mac Miller's The Divine Feminine. It was such an incredible risk for Mac to take. I can’t imagine the push back he had around him when he started the vision. But it elevating him as an artist beyond anyone’s expectations and instantly made him one of my favourite artists and made it one of my favourite albums."

"It also introduced me to Anderson Paak. As I’m sure it did many others."  

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was such a left-field moment during that time. It stands up to today's modern album covers because it was out there in a real way. People had never seen anything like it and yet it felt right."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Lewis Capaldi's Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is pretty awesome. I think, knowing Lewis Capaldi's personality through his very revealing social media, and, hopefully, becoming his best friend sometime soon, it makes it even more special."

 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

"Witness by Katy Perry. I just think her early stuff took a lot of really wonderful risks in pop music and this album felt like it just wanted to bite every bit of current culture to be relevant rather than showing where she was as an artist."

"The pop world can force you into a relevant box and I think my favourite people bust out that box real quick and take risks that maybe don’t always work but when they do, they’re magical."

 

The last record I bought was…

"This was IGOR from Tyler, The Creator. It’s infectious. The whole world is obsessed for good reason. He has taken his work to the next level with this record. He’s just an artist in general that I’m obsessed with from music to how he’s created a world around himself with his fellow favourite artists."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2019 is…

"If Frank Ocean dropped a new album this year. I’d have to lock myself in a studio for a month and just relish in it. I would order far too much yummy food and consume massive amounts of legal marijuana while enjoying the album. So I hope that happens."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"This is so tough. It's potentially Frank Ocean's Channel Orange. Every song is just insanely delicious to me. Either that or Thriller by Michael Jackson, even though I don’t want to support his music because if you molest children you should rot in hell."

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