Max Cooper

Max Cooper maybe lost to the world of genetics research but it’s definitely to electronic music’s gain. He's supported by the Momentum Music Fund with debut LP Human out in March.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 12 Feb 2014
  • min read
One time genetics researcher turned electronica maestro, Max Cooper’s musical abilities know no bounds.

After cutting his teeth as a jobbing DJ and hip-hop turntablist, he’s devoted himself to the sonic arts and building a huge catalogue of EP and single releases showing his dedication to injecting his bleeps with feeling.

So far his musical CV is breathtaking in scope - his productions have included a "4D sound" performance, remixes of artists from Michael Nyman to Hot Chip, MMOTHS to Nils Frahm, an incredibly successful experimental soundscape inspired by the British Museum, and a string of 21 video commissions that turn scientific and cultural concepts into visual art.

While his music looks outside traditional ‘dance music’, the electronic music community has heaped praise on him with Beatport crowning him artist of the year in 2012 and Resident Advisor voting him one of its top 20 live acts.

He’s now expecting to release Human, his first full length collection on 10 March 2014 while he’s also been named as one of the recent recipients of funding from the Momentum Music Fund, the PRS for Music Foundation’s initiative in cahoots with Arts Council England and Deezer. Clubbers get ready - he’s hoping to use the backing to bring his 4D sound show to the UK…

I first started writing music because…
It facilitates expression that is almost inaccessible to language.

I have been making music since…
2003.

My music is…
Intricate.

You'll like my music if you listen to...
Music of a wide range of genres.

My favourite venue is…
Wilde Renate, Berlin.

Music is important because…
It’s deeply rooted in our nature.

My biggest inspiration is…
Awareness.

My dream collaboration would be…
Björk.

To try me out, listen to my song…
Adrift.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
A systems biologist.

In 10 years time I want to be...
Peaceful.

How important is the Momentum Music Funding back for you?
Very important, it is giving me the chance to break the rules and do what I think is worthwhile.

What are you planning on doing with the support from PRS for Music Foundation?
Bringing my 4D sound show to the UK/London, releasing an album and starting on exciting new projects.

www.maxcooper.net
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www.soundcloud.com/max-cooper