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#8 : Maxim Hix

#8 : Maxim Hix

1.For the people who dont know who you are, who are you, where are you from ?

My name is Maxim Pahanov – I’m from Moscow – Russia
I was born in an ordinary family where the mother was typist and father worked as an engineer . Nobody of my family was involved in music. Moreover in teen I loved predominantly Russian rock and pop music – so it seems strange for musician with deep electronic direction.
All had changed when I met Scooter group from Germany with their unbelievable, amazing sound. It happened in the age of 18. It turned all my imagination about electronic sound. I started to track all their releases, started to find a similar sound (in the middle of 90s in our country was popular happy hardcore underground style).
Meantime a special electronic radio station started to broadcast in Moscow. I switched my interests to the radio and immersed into the deep sound of electronic music. Primary I was in love with Trance and Progressive. In 2000 I encountered with a CD in the shop which had been dedicated to the creation music – it called Dance eJay. In short this software allowed to connect different parts of samples with each other. So that time I thought how simple can be created music )) All has changed when a friend of mine gave me a link to the Orion Pro v.2 software. That was very difficult to create something in this program since I had to plug in several VSTi synths. I had no music background education and I thought that the time to change it. I entered in the music school in the age of 21 and had been studying in piano section for a year. I had learned to distinguish different notes, I bought a real synthezator Yamaha DGX-200 and tried hard with it, I started to be a member of CJCITY.RU website dedicated to all young artists and producers. Finally I had made several tracks in Trance style and they were warmly accepted at the site by other musicians. I started to obtain different offers to play as a DJ in the night clubs. Very soon DJ work became a main my profession and I gave up to create tracks for a while. I tried myself in promotion, creating different parties in the Moscow area, bring foreign artists to the Moscow dance floor. That was cool time. But the world was changing very fast and DJ profession in our country without making your own tracks became useless. Nobody wanted to make a deal with ordinary DJs. Everyone could make a mix of tracks using different software. So I started to create a track per year, tried to press out something from my mind. My last track was written in Reason 4 in 2007. Then I gave up all things which ever connected me with music. I became an ordinary listener… got a job in software protection company, got a good position of sales manager. It seemed all is okay…but something inside me wasn’t giving me a comfort from this life …
A year ago this “something” said me: Max you are dealing with bullshit, you can’t control what is just hid inside you.
It’s insane but I visited a special training course for young producers and musicians and it gave me a powerful of cheerfulness. I changed up my mind concerning the style of music. I mean a style in which I want to create. I still love Trance and Progressive House, I still love Psy Trance and Psy Progressive music, I still visiting parties but I can’t create such music. All what inside me can be carried out only with Breaks music. I realized that my music has very narrow round of listeners since it doesn’t have ordinary strings and bass and rhythm. I grown up and accustomed to Trance sound so I want to submit such sound into the Breaks music. It is very wide style, so I can do almost everything in it, expand frameworks, mix different styles, bring very deep sound.

2.Tell us a bit about how you got involved within the Break Wind Family…………..

That’s simple. I pinged out through SoundCloud web form to Break Wind Productions with request to listen to my music as I had just finished my album.
Within next day Mr. Boba sent “hi” to me and said that some of stuff are fit to BWFP style and he is ready to release them.
I was really surprised by the prompt answer and warm relation from Boba, so I had assigned my tracks for Break Wind at the same moment.

3.How long have you been making music and what started your journey into the world of Breakbeat?

All have started from Dance eJay in 1999 as a funny entertainment which has grown in something big, than just get fun. Then continued in 2002 with Trance.
Only in 2011 I have started my journey into the world of Breaks.

4.Tell us a bit about yourself outside of music, hobbies, Job, things you do when not making music?

When I do not making music I’m working as a product manager at VoD service 🙂 I also try to pay a lot of attention to my wife.
But if I have a free time, I usually try to play PC games, FPS and Actions are my favorite.
From 2006 till 2010 I was involved into making night parties (had to be CTO of the company) in Moscow with Trance DJs as Mat Zo, Daniel Kandi, Rafael Frost, Bart Claessen, etc.

5.What is in store for the future for you within music?

I don’t know really what life prepared for me for tomorrow, but hopefully I will be able to continue making groovy tracks, try different styles.
Got plans to make LIVE performance, that’s what I like the most.

6.What toys do you have in the studio and what is your weapon of Choice?

Reason 6,5, T-Racks3 for the final mastering and MIDI M-Audio Oxygen 25 for making melodies. Weapon of Choice

7.Who are your musical influences of past and who are you excited about in the present?

I have been inspired by a lot of Trance artists such as Solarstone, Airwave, AndyMoor, Yahel, John00Fleming, Hybrid, Cosmonaut.
It’s strange that all artists above are Trance guys, but if you take a look at my tracks you won’t see any significant difference between Breaks and Trance.
At the present from Breaks scene I really like what Beatman and Ludmilla is doing, Duane Barry, Under This, Trukers. These guys are really on fire.

8.Name Three breakbeat tunes that is blowing you away at the moment?

A-Mase – Destination (A-Mase’s Substorm Mix)
Moshic- Emotion (Airwave remix)
Gary Delaney – The Nightmother (You are my salvation remix)

9.You can take three tracks (not albums) onto your desert island, what would they be?

Memnon – Question
Shpongle – The Seventh Revelation
Z2 I Want You (Lange Remix)

10.Which Star Wars Charecter are you most like and why?

Qui-Gon Jinn – man of honor, man of the word , solid, tough and kind.

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