Often people think that an urging momentum is what gets things going. But it’s not uncommon that the same happens with abruptum stops. The Dominican-rooted New Yorker singer/somgwriter Tony Max has had a life full of music, family, teaching and a willingness to move forward with his art and develop his craft as it was portrayed in the 2017 EP “Road To Clarity”. A well received collection of songs in the vein of rock/funk with an uptempo, positive vibe.

But right then, life had other plans. The pandemic has hit us all, but Tony in particular had to fight for his life, when COVID-19 left him in a coma for 3 weeks. The recovery process is never easy and apart from the physical struggle to get back on his feet, it was necessary to muster the mental prowess to also recover emotionall in order to get his life back, play guitar, sing and compose. Half of that strength came from the people around him as well as from the dreams he had while in coma, dreams from which essentially came the inspiration for the songs that were meant to come to life.

“Love yourself” is going to be Tony Max’s upcoming album, planned to be released sometime in July of this year and it is definitely his best work yet. No matter the kind of hurt, or how it affects each one of us, art has always been a way of healing and communication with each other. Music in particular is very often the most heartwarming vehicle for emotions to be addressed, for people to come together and let go of their burdens and griefs. This is an album made from and aiming for the hearts and minds of everybody out there looking for yet another sign to keep the faith in one another.

Where are you based?

How long have you been making music?
22 years

What genre would you consider your music to be?
Alternative soul pop

What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
Love for expression

What are your biggest musical influences?
Stevie wonder, incubus, foo fighters, D’Angelo, Juan Luis Guerra, Jose Luis Perales, Otis Redding, and many more

Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?

What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
Marketing and local support

How many songs or albums have you released to date?
I’ve released 8 songs and 11 more will be released sometime in July of this year

Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
It’s a culmination of the frustrations that exist in the human trajectory. We make plans but life inject irony through serendipitous failings that lead to eventual victories. Our inability to see beyond today leads us to grow anxious and distraught. There are moments of relief and levity that surge during these times and those are the moments we fight so hard to hold on to, but just like sand it slips right through our fingers

Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
Yes I’m releasing a full length album hopefully by the second week of July called “Love Yourself”. This album is a journey of brokenness and the dreams I had while in a 3 week coma due to Covid 19 back in March of 2020.


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