I said it last year and I shout it this year, Max Beizer is a shooting star on the rise. It takes a lot for me to gush and get giddy over new music artists today but after watching Max Beizer’s new video for “Nicole Alone” I am all a flutter. There are few true masters of songs on the horizon but Beizer’s eloquence in manipulating words and melodies rise like the morning sun. Mr. Beizer is currently planning a tour to support his album “Strange Bedfellows”, which is available on itunes, Amazon and CDBaby.
I am flying high right now because I got to sit down for an exclusive interview with Max Beizer. You won’t want to miss this chance to get into the mind of the Pied Piper of Nashville. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Max Beizer.
Q. Describe your sound in your own words.
A. The smart ass in the back of the class learned to play guitar a little bit.
Q. What are your musical influences?
A. My early parental influences were the Beach Boys, Beatles, and Jimmy Buffet. Those were my favorites of my parents’ music. Later I got heavily into Hendrix and then to Stevie Ray Vaughan. I really wanted to be a Blues player. By the time I got into high school, I had gotten into more songwriter stuff. I was and continue to be heavily influenced by the satirical, less down-the-middle writers.
Q. What’s your biggest vice?
A. I’m not sure I have a biggest vice. I like women and booze a lot, but I doubt it is quite up to vice status yet. The only thing I know I am addicted to is spicy food. I don’t think that’s a very sexy vice, however.
Q. Who was your first celeb crush?
A. Easy, Phylicia Rashad. She was Claire Huxtable on the Cosby Show. It might sound weird because, for a lot of people around my age, she was like a second mother. Before I liked girls, I loved Phylicia Rashad. To this day, I still believe that she was one of the most beautiful women on TV. I think she’s single these days too.
Q. What’s your musical guilty pleasure?
A. I think the only reason this is a guilty pleasure is because songwriter-y dudes are supposed to loathe it, but I am sucker for well crafted Pop song. I still love Top 40 radio. Oddly, I find my ipod consists of a lot of Top 40 from the 90’s. I’ve got Spin Doctors and Fine Young Cannibals and Heavy D and the Boys– all kinds of stuff no one has any more.
Q. Beatles or Stones?
A. Beatles. I’ve never been that into Mick and the boys. I think if you took Mick out of it, I might sway a little bit.
Q. What is the one thing you could never live without?
A. Imagination. I fear some traumatic brain injury that would deplete my ability to imagine. This life is just to hard to go through it without being able to go somewhere else in your mind. I couldn’t make it like that.
Q. Do you have any rituals you must do before you hit the stage to perform?
A. I don’t really get nervous, so I don’t really have any rituals to calm myself down. Mostly I’m just excited to be playing and I try not to do anything to quell that energy.
Q. What are 5 things you hope to accomplish before you leave the planet?
A. I want to continue to make albums, be my own boss, write a book, touch each continent and each of the 50 states, and live in a foreign country.
Q. What 2 words do you want people to utter after hearing your music?
A. I want people to “think” after my shows and not just write it off as another dude with a guitar. My hope is that people care, I’d rather have people dislike it that not care. I do not make music for myself. I want to touch people with my music and actually say something, something more than “I love you.” I’m still figuring out how to do all that but that’s the goal.
If you would like to delve deeper into the world of Max Beizer visit his official website:
Also check out his latest music video, “Nicole Alone”