Max Cooper is a London based musician and geneticist. A combination of these influences is evident in Max's turntablist DJ sets, technical production style and abstract research topics. Max started DJing in the late 90's in his home city of Belfast, Gaining inspiration from artists like QBert, DJ Craze, Baboo and DJ Noize, who used turntables as instruments to create new beats and sounds through scratching and juggling. This DJ style consumed Max's time for several years until he turned his focus to his next musical obsession in productions.
Max's DJ career started in 1999, with a residency at 'Rumour' in Belfast. A move to Nottingham to pursue his scientific studies then followed, with the start of his long-standing residency at UK club night, 'Firefly', now in its 9th year. Max was quickly recognised by the media, receiving the label of Mixmag 'future hero'. This National recognition helped Max along the way to a BBC Radio1 invite on Fergie's Friday night show early in 2004. Max's Radio1 set was well received, and provided him with a signing to Ornadel Management and Mainstage artists. This provided Max with regular dates across the UK and abroad while he pursued the development of his academic and music productions career. Following the completing of his degree, masters and PhD in Nottingham, Max made the move to London to work on new music and research projects. Currently his main projects include the development of his productions and DJing career with Traum schallplatten and management, Germany, mathematical modelling research on the evolution of networks of genes at University College London, and a sci-art project combining evolutionary and music production algorithms.
Since 2001, Max has played a fundamental role at Firefly, helping the night develop into the giant it is today. This residency has seen Max perform alongside acts including Jeff Mills, Booka Shade, Vitalic, Hot Chip, Dave Clarke, Justice, Digitalism, Derrick May, Slam, Alter Ego, Umek, Alex Under, M.A.N.D.Y., Stanton Warriors, Paul Woolford, Justin Robertson, Speedy J, Daddy G (Massive Attack), Marco Bailey, Andrew Weatherall, Ben Sims, Adam Freeland, Plump DJs, Technasia, Freq Nasty, Phil Kieran, Rolando, Fergie, Hybrid, Green Velvet, Luke Slater, Brodinski etc etc etc!
Max's personal production career began in 2006, with signings to Firefly recordings and Evolved Records, with considerable chart and press review success for Max at an early stage. Much in line with Max's DJing style, his production is a fusion of elements from electronica, minimal, electro and techno. 2007 saw Max gain new Residencies The Key - London, Stealth - Nottingham and The Cross - London. Firefly also continues to expand, with new events and festivals in Bristol, London, Sheffield, Birmingham and Nottingham. 2007 also saw Max's turntablist skills commissioned by the BBC to make a scratch tutorial video which is available on the BBC website.
Max's first EP, on UK based evolved records, "One is None" instantly become one of the top selling EP's on the label, setting the trend which has seen demand for his productions explode, with over 50 releases on labels including Traum Schallplatten, Naked Lunch, Shrink Records, Firefly Recordings, Flux, Trapez and Autist Records. Max's first vinyl EP, "Tamperine", demonstrating his minimal/tech edged touches which found there way rapidly on to the beatport minimal charts in 2007. That year finished with his 3rd EP on evolved - the "Ergo" EP, which was picked up by many major acts and BBC Radio 1 along with several weeks in the DJdownload top 10, hitting a peak at number 4. 2008 has seen a continued climbing in status of Max's productions on the international scene, with 'FRANK' on Firefly recordings reaching number 15 on the beatport charts and his Shufflebox EP on Berlin's Autist Records spending over a month in the top 100 minimal charts peaking at number 10. Max also made his second BBC radio 1 appearance in 2008 following a recent live recording for Annie Nightinghale.
Max's most successful EP to date, the Harmonisch EP on Traum Schallplatten, was released early in 2009, reaching number 5 on the vinyl sales charts, as well as receiving numerous outstanding reviews and release of the month awards from press around the world. The A-side track from the EP was also signed to Hot Chip's Bugged Out Compilation CD, on release summer 2009. The success in Max's productions have earned him requests from some of the worlds biggest artists for remixes, with recent remixes of Extrawelt, Moonbeam, Kanio, Perc and Dominic Eulberg. In 2009, Max signed to Traum Booking, who now manage his production output, remixes and gig schedule. 2009 has also seen Max's turntablist skills on commission for television, with a monthly scratching tutorial feature starting in May for Underground TV, on sky channel, Propeller. The year continues with a heavy release and gig schedule for Max, with new residencies at 333, and Bar54, London, his 2nd EP on Traum Schallplatten, along with releases on Trapez, Autist Records, Firefly Recordings and Perc Trax.