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Max Cooper (London, UK)

The electronic musician is to release his new EP with a stunning video from Whiskas Fx

On his way to release remixes of Peaches and Au Revoir Simone, Max Cooper's take on emotive electronica has earned him appearances on Radio One shows with support from Fergie. Having a background in studying mathematical modelling research on the evolution of networks of genes at University College London, he applies mathematical-themed concepts to each release, pushing forward his philisophical interests and explaining the name of his breakthrough release 'Harmonisch Serie'. DJing live he is adept at turntablism, performing alongside a huge range of acts like Booka Shade, Vitalic, Digitalism, Derrick May, Stanton Warriors and Paul Woolford. His new release, the 'Stochastisch Serie' EP out on now Traum is reminiscent of Aphex Twin's more soaring melodic IDM works combined with a somewhat minimal techno vibe, featuring a wonderfully abstract video by Whiskas Fx.

WHAT'S… special about you, then?
Nothing, I just work hard and am passionate about my music, it’s nurture over nature that’s generally more important for success in the music industry in my opinion. That’s not to say that there aren’t some people who seem to be born to be amazing musicians, but I’m not one of them. I wanted to be a basketball player not so long ago actually, but nature did have the better of me on that one.

...your worst vice?
Addiction. I get far to into whatever I’m focusing on and forget everything else.

…the story behind your name?
Barrels. Coopers were barrel makers I believe, and my first name came from my great grandfather.

...the world coming to?
Extinctions, multiculturalism, energy shortages, superstates, extreme weather conditions, impending doom!?

...your worst fashion secret?
Ned Flanders gabba. the top of your shit list?
The X Factor and associated shows.

...are you listening to now?
Max Richter - 'Memoryhouse'

How would you describe your work?
Varied. Some electronic, some classical, some emotive, some deep, some noisy, some dancefloor, some home listening.

What can we expect next?
My next EP is out on Veryverywrongindeed in December, which is a break from my normal musical, chord and melody driving tracks on Traum, with a completely percussive track along with remixes from Tim Sheridan and Spektre. Then I’ll be doing a couple more EPs early next year before my album when I can really let loose with my more abstract ideas- I'm really looking forward to that.