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Art & Life with Max Holm

Today we’d like to introduce you to Max Holm.

Max, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in Stockholm, Sweden. I chose to take violin lessons when I was 6 years old because my father was a classical violinist.

I came to the US when I was 10 years old. I saw a little kid play the piano at a music recital and decided to switch instruments and began taking classical piano lessons.

At age 13 I had a near death experience in which I collapsed and vomited chunks of coagulated blood. At the hospital they said I lost almost half my blood and they had to give me 7 units of blood transfusions.

That experience changed my life and I became a completely different person after that. After that happened I saw a video of someone playing jazz and I immediately realized that that is what I wanted to do.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
There are no mistakes. That is what I have learned from playing jazz and improvising. Accept every note without judgement. Music is emotion. Just because you’re playing the right notes doesn’t make your music great. I’m telling a story about my life experiences and my music reflects that.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
To find an audience. There are so many channels. People have a short attention span. It’s not like you’re going to get played on the radio and become a big hit overnight. That’s not really how it works.

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Image Credit:
John K. Werner
Randall Gee
Susan Stocker

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