He may only be 18, but electronic songsmith Maximillian is wise beyond his years…
Throbbing synths and chilled out beats introduce ‘Strangers’, the latest single by Maximillian, his smooth and dulcet tones recounting memories of heartache in a manner most intimate. At the age of only 18, the young Dane possess both the songwriting ability and demeanour of someone wise beyond his years. “I’m always inspired by people in my life and what happens around me,” he reveals. “‘Strangers’ is about that; sometimes it’s better to leave the past behind and be a stranger to someone you once knew or the things you’ve done.” Not that he’d prefer people dwell in supposition of his own past. “Listen to the words and give them your own meaning. That’s what I like to do when I listen to music.”
We quizzed the artist about his music, his native music scene and what he has planned next…
“I’m always inspired by people in my life and what happens around me”
Your music discusses relationships. What draws you to love and relationships as a subject?
I like when opposites meet and collide. That’s often what they do in love and relations.
You are 18 but there is a mature quality to both your music and your lyrics. How long have you been creating music?
Music has always been buzzing around inside my head, but I really got into making music when I attended a so-called “continuation school” (in Danish; efterskole) following elementary school. Here I met people who changed my life.
Do you come from a musical background?
Not really. My Dad used to sing in a boy’s choir – so singing probably comes from him. At the continuation school, I would spend hours of practicing and developing my voice every day. Music has always been a passion of mine.
What is your earliest musical memory?
I remember as a kid, I used to slam open the door to my courtyard and sing – well, scream – “Who Let The Dogs Out” on full volume. Haha! My parents would just tell me that I sounded like an angel.
Your music has echoes of trip-hop acts like Portishead and Massive Attack. What are your biggest musical influences?
I like soft and dreamy vibes and I always dig in to unique voices like Frank Ocean and James Blake. It might sound strange, but I’m also influenced by Justin Bieber, Troye Sivan and yeah, pop. As long as the songs and artist has got soul, feelings and an inner pulse in what they do.
How easy is it for emerging artists to gain attention in Denmark?
I think Denmark has got a good vibe going. Some say Denmark is the new Sweden. I don’t know about that but music is as a language has become more universal than ever and I guess new Danish acts benefit from this.
Who are your favourite Danish artists at the moment?
Oh I would definitely say Scarlet Pleasure, Alex Vargas and Phlake. They all hit me right in the chest! Keep going guys.
What are your plans for the rest of this year?
I wanna make more music. And in the future I want to see the world.
Maximilian’s latest single ‘Strangers’ is available now.